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ARTSPACE HERNDON'S NEW YEAR'S EVE OPEN HOUSE Dec. 31 from 5 to 1. Family event featuring film, music, dancing, bonfire, refreshments. Alcohol-free. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. http://www.artspaceherndon.com. Free.

BALTIMORE'S NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECTACULAR Dec. 31 at 9. Live music and a countdown to the new year with a spectacular fireworks show over the Inner Harbor. Pratt and Light streets, Baltimore. 410-752-8632. http://www.bop.org. Free.

CHARM CITY COUNTDOWN Dec. 31 from 9 to 2. Six themed entertainment areas, two rock bands, elevated dance platforms, 20-foot video wall, multiple food stations, passed hors d'oeuvres, several open bars and champagne toast at midnight. Must be at least 21 years old. Presented by Epicenter and Caring Communities. Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Pl., Baltimore. 410-727-8120. http://www.charmcitycountdown.com. $99-$159.

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA Dec. 31 at 8. Five-hour open bar, dinner buffet, entertainment and the city's largest balloon drop. Third Eye Blind performs. Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW. 301-652-7712. http://www.lindypromo.com. $129-$200.

FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA Dec. 31 at 6. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration in Old Town and Del Ray featuring acts on 40 indoor stages, clowns, face-painters, free shuttle buses to venues. Fireworks at midnight. 703-838-4200 ext. 210. http://www.firstnightalexandria.org. $15, children 12 and younger free.

FIRST NIGHT FREDERICKSBURG Dec. 31 at 6:30. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at venues throughout Fredericksburg. 540-372-1086 ext. 204. http://www.firstnightfredericksburg.com. Admission buttons $5, children younger than 4 free.

FIRST NIGHT LEESBURG Dec. 31 at 6. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at several locations in Leesburg. Continuous bus service for major sites. Ends with a "grand illumination" on the courthouse lawn. 703-771-2617. 540-338-4640. http://www.bluemont.org. Admission buttons $8, seniors $6, children ages 3-12 $3, younger than 3 free.

FIRST NIGHT TALBOT Dec. 31 at 6. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at venues in Easton, Md. 410-820-8822. http://www.firstnighttalbot.com. $8-$10, students $4-$5, children younger than 5 free.

FIRST NIGHT WARRENTON Dec. 31 at 7. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at several locations in Warrenton. Ends with a "grand illumination" at the Old Courthouse with candles and singing. 540-341-0988. 540-338-4640. http://www.bluemont.org. Admission buttons $8, seniors $6, children ages 3-12 $3, younger than 3 free.

JAMMIN' JAVA NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY Dec. 31 at 7. Shane Hines, the Blackjacks, Crash Boom Bang, and Billy Woodward and the Senders. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. http://www.jamminjava.com. $30.

A JAZZ NEW YEAR'S EVE FEATURING JOHN PIZZARELLI: DEAR MR. SINATRA Dec. 31 at 7:30 and 9:30. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. http://www.kennedy-center.org. $65-$80.


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