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New Year's Eve 2021-2022

Attractions, restaurants and venues offer plenty of options to ring in the upcoming year in the nation's capital


Last updated: by Dari Vasiljeva
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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

The D.C. area is full of New Year's festivities for all tastes. From a lively night out to a family-friendly event or a romantic dinner, ringing in the New Year in the capital looks more than promising. Just remember that some events require a reservation, so check this information in advance.

Spend the last night of the year by admiring the view of D.C.'s gorgeous skyline from the Potomac River. Both the Spirit of Washington and the Odyssey provide memorable New Year's Eve cruises, and both of them are complete with dancing and dining. ​Such cruises are an excellent option for having a lovely fun evening with friends and a romantic night with someone special.

To meet the forthcoming year, why not head to Alexandria, Virginia, to participate in a spectacular First Night? This event is family-focused, alcohol-free, and includes several live performances, children's games, and a scavenger hunt. By the way, other nearby towns host a First Night and other events for families as well.

And, of course, don't miss a chance to watch one of the region's fireworks displays. Most events are family-friendly and include an evening of activities. Some of the mesmerizing fireworks displays can be found over the Potomac River and at the National Mall.

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