Washington DC New Year's Eve Parties
2023 Best DC NYE Parties

Dusk at U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.By: Carol M. Highsmith

You'll find many fun New Year's Eve parties in Washington D.C., and other ways to celebrate in the U.S. capital city. Dupont Circle is the center for DC nightlife, and would be a great place to start your NYE. Dupont has dozens of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. Near the circle, you'll find a large stretch of bars on P Street and Connecticut Avenue. If you decide to explore the bars there, be sure to grab DC's iconic drink, the Rickey, which has been popular with politicians and reporters since 1883. Don't forget that ringing in the new year isn't complete without fireworks.

Some or all of these events may be cancelled due to restrictions set by Washington D.C's phased plan.

Big Night DC


In past years, over 9,000 people have flocked to the Big Night in DC event. This DC NYE celebration has had themed party areas, five dance floors, a solid band and DJ line up, a midnight celebration, party favors, exquisite cuisine, and discounted hotel rooms for those who wish to stay late. Tickets tend to range from $109 to $200.

New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball


The annual Masquerade Ball has been called "a night of mystery and intrigue." This New Year's celebration has taken place at a glamorous venue with custom decor, and party favors. Guests enjoy an open bar, appetizers, live DJs, and a midnight champagne toast. The music at this event is typically electronic dance music, house and top 40. Tickets are usually $35 to $300.

Back In Da Day 90's NYE party


If you're looking for a unique way to ring in the New Year, then do it 90's style. DJs spin 90's hits while guests sip drinks at one of the two bars, and or under the outdoor patio deck covered in vintage decor. Past events have featured dancing, an hour open bar, appetizers, and a complimentary champagne toast, which has been included with the ticket price. Tickets are typically $35 to $375.

Grandiose New Year's Eve Gala


Grandiose has taken great pride in providing memorable New Year's Eve experiences in DC. It's considered more than just a champagne toast at midnight. The event has featured 2 ballrooms worth of entertainment such as complimentary hors d'oueveres, party favors, roaming videographers and photographers, audio and visual show, as well as a heated patio with a fire pit. The attire is semi-formal. Suits/jackets are required for men. Tickets tend to range from $59 to $2000.


Midnight in Paris


Celebrate NYE in D.C. with breathtaking views of the Wharf, live entertainment, photo booths, dancing and an open bar. Guests in the past have had exclusive access to the Midnight in Paris Soiree, multiple open bars, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and much more. The night ends with a live streaming of the NYC Ball Drop, and a celebrations following. The dress code is creative black tie optional. Tickets are typically $80 to $2500.


Capital Gatsby New Year's Eve DC Gala


One of the top New Year's Eve events in Washington DC is the Capital Gatsby Gala. Ticket holders get exclusive access to a 5 hour open bar, a variety of food stations, a champagne toast at midnight, dancers, DJs, and photographers. Tickets usually go for $99 to $159.


Potomac River Cruise


The Spirit of Washington takes guests along the Potomac River for an unforgettable New Year's Eve. This cruise typically provides a buffet style dinner, DJ music, dancing and interactive games for guests to enjoy. Ticket usually start at $99.

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