New Year's Eve in DC

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

December 30, 2018 | Inside Scoop | By: The Goodhart Group

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

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

Northern Virginia 

First Night Alexandria

Various Locations in Old Town Alexandria

2:00 p.m. to Midnight

$35/person (active duty military are free!)

Old Town loves New Year’s! What better way to spend it than to be with the largest family-friendly festival of the year? Starting at 2:00 p.m., the town starts to celebrate. 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 end’s with the area’s only New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Many Alexandria restaurants are also participating. For more details, click here.


New Year’ Eve Wine Wristbands and Midnight Thirty Breakfast Buffet

Sonoma Cellar

207 King Street

10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.


Is it really a project without wine (& beer)? We guess not! Hit the town with a full stomach at the Midnight Thirty Buffet Breakfast. We al

ready love Sonoma Cellars regular brunch so the buffet has to be AMAZING. Be sure to check out the charming patio!


Beer and Bacon

Del Ray Pizzeria

2218 Mount Vernon Avenue

1401 Belle Haven Road

Bacon … and Beer? Sounds like a hearty way to start the New Year. Join the DPR gang(s) for their annual Beer & Bacon, where they feature a selection of rare and hard-to-find beers and a lot of bacon. No, but really, a lot of bacon. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day. No reservations needed .. but it is first come, first served!


Clarendon Ballroom New Year’s Eve Gala 

3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington

8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


Ring in the New Year gala-style. Join the Clarendon Ballroom for their annual party with cover band Fish Out of Water performing on the main stage. With a DJ in the lounge, the jams will continue all night. Ticket prices may seem high but include party favors, dinner, four drink tickets, and more.


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 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.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner

600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC

9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.


Looking for something new to do this year? Try the Entertainment Cruise on the Odyssey III. With live music, an open bar, and plated dinner the fun does not stop. You will be able to see the fireworks from Alexandria while floating down the Potomac. 


Christmas on the Potomac Featuring ICE

201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor

Pricing varies

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


Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Baltimore

9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Enjoy live music at the Inner Harbor starting at 9 p.m. At midnight, view the spectacular fireworks display, launched from two barges anchored in the harbor. For more details, click here.


Six Flags America  – Holiday in the Park

13710 Central Avenue, Bowie

$41.99 for a single-day park pass

Visit this spectacular holiday display and enjoy the interactive activities before it closes on January 2. Enjoy live entertainment including a 1940’s style-Christmas swing performance and a kid-friendly show featuring elves Holly and Jolly! Stop by the s’mores fire pits or try the decadent Christmas Inspired Funnel Cakes.