Raise your hand if you’d like to stand in line at a club or fight for a spot at a crowded bar on New Year’s Eve?
If Plan B involves you curling up in front of your cozy fireplace with your puppy at The Colonel – well, as great as that sounds, we recommend you take advantage of the fact that you live in one of the most fun, interesting places on earth. There’s too much going on in DC this New Years to stay home!
Here are some of our top picks for fun events to bid 2014 adieu and usher in 2015.
Go out with a BANG: Fireworks over the Potomac
Fireworks aren’t just for the 4th and for baseball games. Sure, it’s a bit cold. Yes, there are crowds of people out. But you’re the kind of person who can handle that and still enjoy the live music and midnight fireworks over the Potomac, aren’t you? Get there before the fireworks countdown so you can get a good spot. If your nephews, nieces, grandparents, and parents still haven’t left (can you blame them?), make a day of it! Buy tickets here.
Directions: So technically this is happening right across the river in Virginia – but we definitely think it’s worth the drive. Click here for directions from The Colonel.
Dance 2014 away at the Gaylord Resort
Gaylord Resort has hosted some pretty awesome holiday events, and this New Years Eve Extravaganza is no exception. With five dance floors and 15 themed party areas, you’re sure to find a spot to dance and chill before the countdown. Doors open at 9pm and you can party like it’s still 2014 until 2:30am. Buy tickets here. Oh, and hard as it might be to forgo home sweet home, we recommend booking a hotel room for the night. You’ll thank us later (much, much later).
Directions: hop in the car and click here for directions from The Colonel.
Be Mysterious at MXDC’s Masquerade Ball
The NYE Masquerade Ball at celebrity chef Todd English’s fancy-pants Mexican restaurant, MXDC, has been running for nine years, which probably means it’s a pretty good party. Most of the tickets are sold out, but you can still buy yours here – and don’t forget your mask. (It’s kind of the point.) The party starts at 9pm and ends at 4am (drink lots of espresso).
Directions: don’t bother driving; take the G8 bus. It’s just a 12 minute ride! For directions from The Colonel, click here.
Enjoy Wine & Dessert at ENO Wine Bar
If you haven’t been to the fantastic ENO wine bar yet, NYE 2014 is the perfect time to try it out. Tickets will get you “artisan cheeses, bruschettas, deviled eggs, and flatbreads,” and wines and champagne will be discounted. Of course, the midnight toast will be on the house.
Directions: Let’s face it – nobody really wants to be the DD after a wine tasting – just take the DCWE bus for 30 minutes. Click here for directions from The Colonel. If you take a car, it is a 12 minute drive (of course, drive responsibly).
These are just a few options to celebrate NYE out on the town in DC!
If you’re hanging with the in-laws on NYE, or just want to enjoy a quiet night with your family, check out our ideas for low-key holiday entertaining at The Colonel.
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