New Year's Parties for Everyone

Friday, December 26, 2008

As 2008 comes to an end, let's squeeze in one last celebration, and whether you're 2 or 22, looking for a black-tie gala or a noontime apple juice toast, there is something for you on Wednesday.

For New Year's specials at clubs, check out Page 6.

The District

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN 2008 8:30 p.m. Open bar, dinner buffets and live music featuring Pat McGee Band, Gonzo's Nose and Cowboy Mouth. Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW. 301-652-7712 or$139-$200.

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER 8:30 p.m. Usher in the new year with the National Symphony Orchestra's concert. Selections include music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Strauss, Dvorak, Rossini, Rimsky-Korsakov, Copland and more. Guest soloists include NSO Associate Concertmaster Elisabeth Adkins and baritone Thomas Meglioranza, and former D.C. mayor Anthony A. Williams will narrate Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait." Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324 or $50-$90.

THEODORE BIKEL CONCERT 10 p.m. The quartet Serendipity 4 (Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks, Merima Kljuco and Shura Lipovsky) will perform music from around the world, highlighting Sephardic, Yiddish, Bosnian, Hebrew and Greek musical traditions. The concert will be followed by a New Year's party with a midnight toast by Bikel. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or $100.


MIDNIGHT NOON 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those whose bedtime comes before the ball drops. Performances by kids band Milkshake and the Blue Sky Puppet Theater. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-545-5960 or Event included in price of admission: $14.50, $10 ages 3 to 12, younger free.

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN ANNAPOLIS 3 p.m. Activities at more than a dozen venues in Annapolis include a karaoke competition, children's events, an ice sculpture demonstration, live music and the Last Race of 2008. Fireworks at 7:30 p.m. and midnight. Vendors and street performers along Main Street. 410-280-0445 or $10-$15, free for age 4 and younger.

MADD 5K RED RIBBON RUN 4 p.m. The 14th annual fun run is a chance to put on your running shoes for a good cause. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-379-1135 or $25.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY 5:30 to 10 p.m. The "Garden of Lights" will be open late so families can view the display. There will also be crafts, music and snacks to celebrate New Year's. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. $15 per car.

FIRST NIGHT TALBOT 6 p.m. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at venues in downtown Easton. 410-820-8822 or In advance: $8, $4 students. At the door: $10, $5 students. Free for age 4 and younger.

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD 8 p.m. New Year's Eve gala and black-tie benefit for the Weinberg Center for the Arts features a 10-piece band, open bar, casino room, classic film screening area. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-600-2828 or $150.

NEW YEAR'S EVE SWING DANCE 8 p.m. A family-friendly, alcohol-free event. Performance by Tom Cunningham Orchestra, beginner's swing lessons, party favors, dessert and sparkling cider toast. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222 or $25, $10 ages 5 to 13, younger free.

BALTIMORE'S NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECTACULAR 9 p.m. Live music and countdown to the new year with fireworks over the Inner Harbor. Inner Harbor, Pratt and Light streets, Baltimore. 410-752-8632 or Free.


ROBBIE-NOCEROS NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY FOR KIDS 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Robbie Schaefer and Rocknoceros ring in the new year early with a countdown and apple juice for all. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or $12.

FIRST NIGHT LEESBURG 6 p.m. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at several locations in downtown Leesburg. Continuous bus service for major sites. Ends with a "grand illumination" on the courthouse lawn. 540-338-4640 or $10, $8 age 65 and older, $3 ages 3 to 12, younger free.

FIRST NIGHT FREDERICKSBURG 6:30 p.m. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at venues throughout Fredericksburg. 540-372-1086, Ext. 204, or $8, free for age 4 and younger.

FIRST NIGHT WARRENTON 7 p.m. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at several locations in downtown Warrenton. Ends with a "grand illumination" at the Old Courthouse with candles and singing. 540-338-4640 or $8, $6 age 65 and older, $3 ages 3 to 12, younger free.

VIRGINIA COALITION'S NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION 7 p.m. A cocktail hour meet-and-greet with the band, a commemorative poster signed by the band, champagne toast at midnight and concert. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or $75.

90-POINT WINES 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wines that have been highly rated by critics are available, along with music and dancing, to celebrate New Year's. Waterford, 6715 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-531-6209 or $109.

NEW YEAR'S EVE JAMES BOND THUNDERBALL GALA 8:30 p.m. A 007-themed bash. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 703-861-8075. $159-$300.

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