The Kennedy Center opens its doors for a night of dinner, dancing and big band music with its annual A Jazz New Year’s Eve. The evening opens with a performance in the Terrace Theater, followed by an invitation to hit the dance floor and a balloon drop in the breathtaking Grand Foyer.

Have the kids in tow on the last night of the year? Several cities around the Washington region hold First Night events like the one in Alexandria, Virginia. With more than 100 live musical acts at 18 venues around the city, art activities at the Torpedo Factory, a “fun hunt” in the afternoon and not one but 600 balls dropped at midnight, kids and grown-ups alike are sure to have a New Year’s Eve to remember.

oldtowntrolley-from-white-houseOld Town Trolley’s Monuments by Moonlight

If you don’t have your sea legs but still want to see the monuments, make a reservation for a Monuments by Moonlight Tour. Get a new view of the monuments after hours…and ring in the new year with a sparkling cider (no alcohol allowed!) toast on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.



Put on your slinkiest dress or your sharpest suit and ring in the New Year spy-style. The Washington Plaza Hotel hosts a decidedly sexy affair with its annual “Royale 007 Thunderball.” The James Bond-themed party includes five international buffets, an extravagant desserts display, plenty of espionage-worthy cocktails, along with live music.



Go global with the International Club of DC. The organization hosts an annual New Year’s Eve gala at the Marriott Wardman Park that includes eight themed ballrooms (travel from Tokyo to Casablanca to Miami all in one evening!), internationally-influenced dance floors, an elaborate buffet, karaoke and a midnight balloon drop in the ballroom with more than 1,500 of your closest friends.