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New Year’s Eve in the DC Area

I'm more of a hang out in my socks and pjs kind of New Year's gal. But if heading out is more your thing, check out this list of events in the DC area.

I am a total lazy pants when it comes to New Year’s Eve. I rarely make it to midnight. And if I do, I’m most definitely in sweatpants.

One year my husband and I actually took the bus to New York City at 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, with the intention of staying until midnight.

I’m pretty sure I was back home and in bed by 9 p.m.

Some people are just not the New-Year’s-Eve-outside-in-the-freezing-cold-with-a-million-of-their-closest-friends-in-a-tight-place-kind-of-people. Or so I’ve learned the hard way. In case you’re now wondering– #yesiknowimapartypooper.

But if you’re looking for something exciting to get out and do, there is plenty going on to get you into a pair of heels or just an afternoon out celebrating with the family.

Here are a FEW things going on on December 31st.

New Year’s Eve in DC:

The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. To celebrate and honor the event, Lincoln’s summer cottage will be celebrating with live music, a dessert buffet and open bar. Tickets are $100 per person, and are required in advance. President Lincoln’s Cottage will also be hosting a panel to present new insights into the Emancipation Proclamation on January 3. RSVP for the Jan. 3 event here.

Hosted at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue with DC 101 as their radio partner, this year’s event will feature music by Grouplove and G. Love & Special Sauce. The night’s event includes full dinner buffets, premium open bars, karaoke, comedy and dancing. Tickets are currently $150 for general admission, and are available here.

The 25th annual ballroom dance event at the JW Marriott will feature a black tie gala on New Years Eve. Guests will be treated to dinner, dancing, a champagne toast and a showcase featuring American Rhythm Champions, Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine and Liana Churilova. Tickets for the New Years Eve Gala, Dinner and Showcase are $180, and available to purchase by calling (301) 972-2416.

New Year’s Eve in Northern Virginia:

A family-friendly event around Old Town featuring story times for the kiddos, food trucks, entertainment, and concluding with fireworks on the Potomac at midnight. A fun hunt will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at the kickoff for the evening at 6 p.m. First Night Badges are $20 after December 17; kids 12 and under are free, and must be accompanied by an adult with a 2012 First Night Badge. Tickets are available here.

A family-friendly and FREE event held at the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Street in Falls Church, the event features live bands and entertainment for all ages. A countdown to midnight will feature the lowering of the city’s historic star that was first used in 1948– the year Falls Church became an independent city. More information for the event is available here.

New Years Eve in Maryland:

Organized by the mayor’s office, family-friendly activities begin at 3 p.m., with fireworks shows at 7:30 p.m. and midnight. The event is held at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock, and is FREE. More information is available here.

This New Year’s Eve event hosted at Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center at National Harbor, will include 15 themed party areas, five dance floors live bands and DJs, food and drinks. Tickets for the main event are currently $139.99 (but could increase anytime), and are available here.

A family-friendly New Year’s Eve event held to celebrate the closing of Symphony of Lights in Howard County. The event includes checking out the lights, a bonfire, music and fireworks at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per ticket, $40 for a group of three, and $10 per person after that; available here.

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