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5 Ways to Ring in the New Year near National Harbor

1. Big Night DC – National Harbor
It couldn’t be more convenient – just down the road from the Esplanade is one of the biggest parties of the year. The Big Night DC at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center boasts fifteen themed party areas, five dance floors, and delicious dining options. The party starts at 9pm and goes until 3am on January 1st. Tickets are available through the Big Night website, with special offers if you join the email list.

2. Public House & Harrington’s New Year’s Eve – National Harbor
Two local destinations have joined together to create a special New Year’s treat. Public House and Harrington’s Pub and Kitchen are offering a joint celebration where a $10 cover charge gets you access to both locations all night. Drop by Harrington’s to enjoy drink specials and live music, and wander over to Public House to sample their special holiday menu and $30 open bar from 9pm to midnight. The event climaxes at midnight with a complimentary champagne toast.

3. Bobby McKey’s New Year’s Eve Party – National Harbor
A National Harbor fixture, Bobby’s McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar is ringing in the New Year in its own special way. A celebratory option for people tired of the normal bar scene, Bobby McKey’s performances with talented musicians and hilarious improv are a memorable way to sing in the New Year. The event begins at 5pm New Year’s Eve, and drinks are 60% off between 6pm and 8pm.

4. First Night Alexandria – Alexandria
A family-friendly, all-day event in Old Town Alexandria, First Night Alexandria celebrates the New Year with concerts, museums, improv, carnivals and more. If the sheer number of options is overwhelming, don’t worry – there are suggested schedules for families with young kids, families with teens, young professionals, and a romantic evening for two. The day concludes with fireworks over the Potomac.

5. NYE 2016 Masquerade Ball – Washington, DC
If you want your celebration to be unique and a bit adult, venture into DC to attend the New Year’s Eve DC Masquerade Ball at the Howard Theater. The glamorous Masquerade Ball will feature burlesque performances, a massive dance floor, premium bars, and a live feed of the NYC Ball Drop. Buy tickets now – they’re going quickly.