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Top 5 New Year’s Eve Bashes in Washington, DC

In just a blink of an eye, 2014 is almost over! The pressure is always immense to have a good time on New Year’s Eve so I’ve compiled a list of my top five NYE celebrations all over the DC/Maryland/VA area for everyone to enjoy! They range from family-friendly events to low-key gatherings to extravagant masquerades! Below is the essential guide for an NYE to remember:

Big Night DC

Where: The Gaylord Hotel & Resort at the National Harbor

When: 10pm

Located right here on the National Harbor, enjoy one of the largest and spectacular NYE events in the DMV area. This all-inclusive event takes over the Gaylord Hotel & Resort at National Harbor with multiple bands, DJs, ticket types, and party floors/ballrooms! Purchase your tickets online here. www.bignightdc.com

 Hyatt Regency Captiol Hill’s Moonlight Circus

Where: 400 New Jersey Ave., NW

When: 10 PM Tickets: $99 general admission, $149 VIP

Enjoy five hours of live circus acts, dj music, a buffet and complimentary appetizers, party favors, and more. Watch the ball drop in Times Square on a live feed as a balloon drops right here. Tickets are available online. www.newyearsevedc.com

First Night Alexandria

Where: Old Town Alexandria

Tickets: $15 before December 18; $20 after. Children 12 and under are free.

 A fun-filled New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages. This year’s celebration will include more than 100 live performances at 22 venues, the Annual Fun Hunt, plus children’s entertainment and a spectacular midnight finale with fireworks over the Potomac River. The Fireworks finale will kick off at 10 p.m. with a performance by The Stairwells and DJ music will fill the streets for an outdoor dance party. Fireworks will be set off at midnight, along the Potomac River at the foot of King St. http://www.firstnightalexandria.org/

Masquerade Ball on Embassy Row

Where: 2020 O Street Washington, D.C.

When: 10pm

New Years Eve at the Mansion on O Street, a luxury inn with Tiffany glass and serious crystal chandeliers located in Dupont Circle, has earned a reputation for its annual sexy masquerade ball. Mingle with mysterious masked revelers and enjoy chocolate fondue, a treasure hunt and photo booth. www.omansion.com/nyeball