Experiencing New Year’s Eve in Washington D.C. is unlike a New Year’s Eve experience anywhere else in the world. Believe it or not those stuffy politicians really know how to “get down and get funky” on the last day of the year, just like us common-folk. Here is your comprehensive guide of the best places to be and been seen in Washington D.C. on New Year’s Eve.
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center – James Bond Thunderball Gala
The name’s Bond…James Bond, or whatever other super spy you choose to be. Party until the break of day at this spy themed gala, complete with Bond lookalikes, 007 martinis, exotic cars and even “mock” casino games. The dress code is black tie for men and sexy evening gowns for the ladies. For the more adventurous, come dressed as your favorite Bond villain or villainess. This New Year’s Eve party starts at 7:00pm on December 31, and goes well into 2009. Of course, you’ll have to bring your own spy gadgets.
MXXCCII/Spank Nightclub – Masquerade Ball
Ring in the New Year at this swanky nightclub that features plenty to do in D.C. for New Year’s Eve. This party features complimentary hours d’oeuvres, one-hour open bar (yes, I did say open bar) from 9pm – 10pm, midnight balloon drop, and free masquerade masks. Enjoy three full party levels at this “place to be” for a Washington D.C. New Year’s Eve party like no other in the world. Check out eight hours of solid partying for the early birds for a mere $35.00 per ticket. The party gets underway at 8:30pm. Be there, or be square.
First Night Annapolis – Family Friendly
For the ultimate family friendly experience to ring in the New Year in the Washington D.C. area this venue offers a one-of-a-kind celebration with hundreds of performances including music, dance, theater, comedy and more. Of course the evening wouldn’t be complete without fireworks at the city dock at midnight, so stay for the party all day and all night.
Cruises – Potomac Cruises
For something a little different, but still spectacular check out one of the many New Year’s Eve parties hosted in the city bay by taking a cruise on the Odyssey, the Spirit of Washington or the Cherry Blossom yachts. Enjoy an evening of fantastic dining and dancing under the stars and still see the fireworks display at midnight.
Kennedy Center – A Jazz New Year’s Eve
For a night of music, jazz and much more entertainment consider spending New Year’s Eve at the Kennedy Center. This is a fun filled event for the entire family and is sure to please even the staunchest jazz enthusiast. At midnight enjoy a short stroll to the dock to see the firework display from the bay, or stay directly outside of the Kennedy Center for a prime-viewing place as well.
The Capitol is the place to be on New Year’s Eve to celebrate our history while ringing in another year. Check out all of the Washington D.C. New Year’s Eve events in Washington D.C. as they become available by visiting www.washington.org.