New Year's Eve in DC

Top Events for New Year’s Eve in DC and Beyond

November 28, 2023 | Inside Scoop | By: The Goodhart Group

Top Events for New Year’s Eve in DC and Beyond

Are you looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve in DC, NoVa, or Maryland? We have you covered with our quick round-up!

Old Town Alexandria 

First Night Alexandria

Various Locations in Old Town Alexandria

2:00 p.m. to Midnight


Old Town loves New Year’s! What better way to spend it than with the largest family-friendly festival of the year? Starting at 2:00 p.m., the town celebrates. New this year, a new Kids Karnival (children 12 and under) with face-painting and games adds to the already fun event! Entertainment, including live music at various locations, begins at 7 p.m. and ends with the area’s only New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Many Alexandria restaurants are also participating. 


New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party at The Light Horse

715 King Street Alexandria, VA

8:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


Gather your friends and head to the Light Horse Restaurant & Bar in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, for the most fabulous party in town. Dance to live Music by “BUCKSHOT” at 9:30 pm. Tickets include a buffet served from 8pm – 11 pm, strictly over 21 years. 


Masquerade Ball New Year’s Eve Party at Clarendon Ballroom

3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

$35 – $55

Ring in the New Year gala-style. This ultimate NYE Masquerade soiree will feature an epic 3-floor party, the city’s top DJs, multiple bar stations, lavish decorations, ice luge, champagne toast, a photo booth, an unforgettable midnight celebration, and a ton of surprises in between! Tickets or tables are required to enter.


New Year’s Eve Party – Cocktails Around the World at Inca Social 

1776 Wilson Boulevard Unit #1 Arlington, VA

$10 – $39/person

Head to Inca Social in Arlington to embark on a global cocktail journey with the best drinks worldwide. Sip on exotic concoctions and dance the night away to the hottest beats. Dress to impress and prepare for an evening of fun, laughter, and unforgettable memories.


Seventh Annual Wilson Wonderland NYE Celebration

2915 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201

9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

$40 – $350/person

Enjoy the beautiful Wilson Hardware fully decked out in a Winter Wonderland theme. Dinner slots start at 4:00 pm, the last seating will be at 7:00 pm, and the doors for the party will open at 9 pm. DINNER is separate from the NYE party and does not include admission to the party (book dinner through their website at All tickets include party favors and two drink tickets (only valid until 11 pm). Cash bar available all night. 


The District

Ice Skating – Washington Harbour

3050 K St NW, Washington, DC


Looking for a way to spend New Year’s Day? Head over to Washington Harbour for a slick time on the ice rink. Ice skating is the perfect activity for all ages, and no skill is needed. Prices go up to $10 per person, depending on age. Socks and gloves are available for purchase if it is chilly out. The rink is open until March 19.


City Cruises New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Potomac

Pier 4 – 580 Water Street SW, Washington, DC

8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

$299.90-409.90/person, depending on your package

Ring in 2024 on the water and countdown to midnight with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Premier Dinner Cruise in Washington, DC. Celebrate the new year in style on the Potomac River with a 3-course, plated dinner, full bar service, exceptional views of Washington, D.C.’s iconic landmarks, a sparkling wine toast, fireworks, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. 


Black Tie New Year’s Eve Gala at the Luxurious Willard

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 

7:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

$149 – 1,995/person depending on your package

Experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party as you indulge in free-flowing champagne, an open bar, a spectacular balloon drop in the Euro Discotheque Ballroom at The Willard Hotel, and dance the night away to live bands and DJs. For dinner, choose from a VIP sit-down 3-course dinner with champagne or a buffet of international cuisine. Also, enjoy exquisite desserts by the pastry chef at the Willard!


New Year’s Eve Cirque du 2024 International Global Gala at the Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert Street NW Washington, DC 

8:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

$109 – $299/person depending on your package

Experience 15 international-themed celebrations throughout four separate ballrooms. As well as exclusive cirque performances, live bands, a fully stocked open bar, midnight champagne toast and ball drop, DC’s best DJs, Karaoke, and caricaturist drawings. Don’t miss this fabulous salute to multiple countries with an African dance show, a Chinese lion dance, a Mexican fiesta, Irish dance show, and much more!


Noon Yards Eve at The Yards

1300 First St SE, Washington, DC 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

This family-friendly celebration at Yards Park includes train rides, an inflatable slide, bounce houses, glitter tattoos, games, musical performances, and more! When the clock strikes noon, guests can enjoy a signature moment to ring in 2023.



Christmas on the Potomac Featuring ICE

201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor

Time slots from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

$34.99 – $43.99

This popular holiday event closes on January 2, so head over to see the fantastic ice sculpture display, which uses more than two million pounds of ice. This year’s show is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer-themed and offers fun activities as well.


Baltimore Under the Stars New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2024

561 Light St Baltimore, MD 

8 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

$185 – $249/person

Hop aboard the Spirit of Baltimore luxury yacht for a ‘20s-style shindig. Enjoy views of Baltimore’s harbor and city skyline from the water aboard the ultimate Great Gatsby-inspired party cruise. Not only does this cruise boast a buffet-style dinner, party favors and a premium open bar, but flappers and their fellas can shake their tail feathers to a Live DJ spinning EDM, Top 40, and more! It’s an all-inclusive on-board bash that’s bound to be a blast!


Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Annapolis Library

269 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis, MD

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Dance into the new year with crafts and music! There will be a countdown at noon. Bring your best dance moves. This is a family-friendly event best for kids up to 5 years old. 


Is there anything we missed? Let us know what your favorite NYE celebration in the DMV is!

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