New Year’s Eve celebrations around DC

During all that holiday shopping, don’t forget to make New Year’s Eve plans!

If you’re looking for something fun to do, there are tons of options to ring in the new year.

Live! Casino & Hotel launches The Hall

The Live! Casino & Hotel is officially launching its newly constructed entertainment venue The Hall with “It’s a Sweet New Year.” Ring in the new year with Kustom Made & DJ Transit performing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with food, drink, a Champagne toast, party favors and a balloon drop.

Kennedy Center tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Kennedy Center is ringing in the new year with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Performers include Michelle Williams, Dionne Warwick, Bria Skonberg, Morgan James, Nova Payton and Rayshun LaMarr. After the concert, you can attend the Grand Foyer party to dance and count down to midnight.

’90s Night at The Anthem

D.C.’s hottest new music venue is hosting a decade themed dance party with the city’s all ’90s cover band White Ford Bronco. You can also take a stroll around the waterfront restaurants and bars of The Wharf.

Fireworks Dinner Cruise

What better time to book an Odyssey cruise on the Potomac? You’ll get a great view of the fireworks display in Alexandria, plus a full four course plated dinner and Champagne toast. At $300 per person, it’s a pricey option, but you won’t have to fight the crowds on land.

The Watergate

History buffs can ring in the New Year at the historic Watergate Hotel. For $195 per person, you can experience a four-hour open bar and buffet with a live DJ, dancing and midnight Champagne toast. You can also rent a heated winter igloo for up to eight people.

First Night

Alexandria celebrates the 25th anniversary of its First Night tradition. The annual New Year’s Eve event features local musicians and carnivals with clowns, face painting and games for kids. The evening ends with a fireworks display at the bottom of King Street, right on the river.

National Harbor

The Gaylord National Hotel & Resort is hosting its annual Big Night DC New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The venue is expecting over 9,000 people with 15 themed party areas, five dance floors, live bands, DJs, exclusive cuisine and, of course, a midnight celebration.

Willard Hotel

If you’re feeling fancy, check out the swanky (black-tie optional) International Club New Year’s Gala at the Willard Hotel. The Presidential Ticket ($295) includes a three-course sit-down dinner; the Ambassador Ticket ($225) gets you a buffet and open bar; and the After-Dinner Ticket ($120) gets you desserts, an open bar and a Champagne toast. Either way, you’ll be able to enjoy a night of dancing and a midnight balloon drop.

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