How to celebrate the New Year around DC

WASHINGTON — Still fretting over what you’re going to do for New Year’s Eve? Never fear, a seemingly endless array of options are here, no matter your mood.

From fancy to family-friendly to frill-less, here are some options all around the area to ring in 2019.

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Get out on the water Take in the New Year from the water aboard an Odyssey cruise in 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. (Courtesy Entertainment Cruises)
A couple watches fireworks set off by private citizens to celebrate Independence Day, from a vantage point at the Liberty Memorial on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Hang with the family If you’ve got kiddos to bring along and want to avoid the rowdy bar-centric scene, lots of towns in our area have First Night celebrations. One of the biggest and most popular is in Alexandria, featuring local and regional musicians as well as 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. Other towns in the area with celebrations include Columbia, Fairfax and Falls Church. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (AP/Charlie Riedel)
D.C.-based Washington Real Estate Investment Trust will buy 600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, an office building in the Watergate complex, for $135 million. (Courtesy LHB Communications)
Ring in a uniquely D.C. New Year Time to party like it’s, uh, 1972? If you’re looking for a slice of only-in-D. C. history with your celebration this year, you can ring in the New Year with a four-hour open bar and buffet for $195 per person at the Watergate Hotel, adjacent to the infamous apartment complex. For the full experience, you can rent a heated, winter igloo for up to eight people. (Courtesy LHB Communications) (Courtesy LHB Communications)
Alabama Shakes performs at the 9:30 Club at 815 V Street NW. (Courtesy John Shore)
Take in a show There’s plenty of live music around the District Monday night, no matter your tastes. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue hits the stage at The Anthem along with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Catch some reggae with Steel Pulse at Lincoln Theatre, or hip-hop with MoneyBagg Yo at Echostage. If cover bands are more your style, White Ford Bronco is at 9:30 Club, while smaller venues like Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel have DJs. (Courtesy John Shore) ((Courtesy John Shore))
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Blow it all out If you need THE MOST this NYE, the Big Night Extravaganza at Gaylord National Hotel & Resort aims to give it to you. Seven dance floors, 10 party bands and DJs, and all you can eat and drink in what promises to be “America’s largest New Year’s Eve gala.” That all in price is currently $175 and rising, though there are even pricier VIP options. (Courtesy Gaylord National Resort)
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Get Dressy Break out your best for this black tie optional affair, the International Club NYE Gala at the Willard Hotel. Go all out with the Presidential Ticket ($329) including the three-course meal, or sneak in late for $130 for drinks and dessert. There will also be a wide variety of live bands and DJs at “D.C.’s premier and most luxurious” New Year’s bash. (Thinkstock)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015, file photo, actor Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie 'Spectre' in Berlin, Germany. Producers of the James Bond films say Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next instalment in the spy thriller series, replacing Danny Boyle. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig announced Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 that the movie will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
Dress up as someone mysterious For the 17th year, the International Spy Gala offers its own spin on New Year’s festivities, with the espionage-themed event at The Washington Plaza Hotel. Tickets include open bar, buffets, Champagne and, of course, martinis. Prices currently range from $170-$190 per person, though they’re set to increase on Dec. 29. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File) (AP/Michael Sohn)
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Pay no cover, pay no mind If just looking through the list of options has left you exhausted, perhaps a simple no cover, no frills, no commitment option is more your speed. There are bars without covers across the city, from Jack Rose in Adams Morgan to Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale, to Jackie Lee’s in Fort Totten. But perhaps the most relaxed night in the city will be at EatBar on Barrack’s Row, where sweatpants are encouraged and patrons can partake in guilty pleasure foods while playing Super Nintendo. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/pinkomelet)
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A couple watches fireworks set off by private citizens to celebrate Independence Day, from a vantage point at the Liberty Memorial on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
D.C.-based Washington Real Estate Investment Trust will buy 600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, an office building in the Watergate complex, for $135 million. (Courtesy LHB Communications)
Alabama Shakes performs at the 9:30 Club at 815 V Street NW. (Courtesy John Shore)
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015, file photo, actor Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie 'Spectre' in Berlin, Germany. Producers of the James Bond films say Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next instalment in the spy thriller series, replacing Danny Boyle. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig announced Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 that the movie will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
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