New Year’s Eve events, Northern Virginia


More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform Meadowlark Botanical Gardens into a winter wonderland. (Andy Kitchen/Photofortytwo.com)
New Year’s Eve

Local Living is taking a break next week. All events take place Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted.

New Year’s Eve Golf Tournament Celebrate the last day of the year with a four-person scramble. Entry fee includes greens fee, cart fee, range balls, prizes and breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Herndon Centennial Golf Course, 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. 703-471-5769. www.herndongolf.com. $70 per person, registration required by Saturday.

“Ringing in Hope” Prepare for the new year with a 10K or a 5K run or take a 1K walk on a flat, certified course to support local charities. 1K walk begins at noon, 5K race begins at 1 p.m., 10K race begins at 1:15 p.m. Brambleton Town Center, 42395 Ryan Rd., Brambleton. 571-295-6424. www.ringinginhope.com. 10K $40, 5K $35, 1K $14, age 12 and younger free. In advance, 10K $35, 5K $30, 1K $12.

First Night Alexandria A citywide New Year’s bash, with more than 20 indoor venues, live music, dancing and a fireworks finale on the river. Noon-midnight. Old Town Alexandria, King and Royal streets, Alexandria. 703-746-3301. www.firstnightalexandria.org. $20, age 12 and younger and active military free.

Bull Run Festival of Lights and Holiday Village A 21 / 2-mile drive-through holiday light display plus a holiday village with carnival rides, food and bonfires. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Through Jan. 5. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. 703-359-4633. 703-631-0550. www.nvrpa.org/parks/
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. $15-$55; carnival ride tickets, $1.50 each; unlimited, $25.

Winter Walk of Lights Stroll on a paved trail to see more than 500,000 LED lights and displays that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, a two-story animated fountain, a gingerbread village and more. 5:30-10 p.m. Through Jan 5. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. 703-255-3631. www.winterwalkoflights.com. $7-$13.

First Night Vienna This family-friendly New Year’s celebration features local musicians, food, entertainment and hands-on activities for children and adults. The event provides two opportunities to ring in the new year: 9 p.m. for the younger kids, plus a New Year’s finale at midnight. 7 p.m.-midnight. Historic Church Street, Vienna. 703-255-6300. www.firstnightvienna.org. Free; food and other items sold.

ArtSpace New Year’s Eve celebration Family-friendly art activities and music at 7 p.m. A bonfire with a drum circle from 9 to 10 p.m. Jazz music by the Al Robertson Quartet featuring Frank Lombardi and other entertainment 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., with a champagne toast at midnight. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. www.artspaceherndon.org. Free.

The Seldom Scene This bluegrass band has been around since 1971 and derived its name from its once-a-week performances. With the Stray Birds and Donna Ulisse. 8 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $39.50.

The Legwarmers Ring in 2014 with a 1980s retro dance party. 9:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $50.

— Compiled by Jean Mack from staff reports

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