January's datebook sparkles like New Year's champagne. Mayor-elect Sharon Pratt Dixon's grand gala leads the way. A host of other social events follows. Jan. 2

The Sharon Pratt Dixon Inaugural Ball at Union Station features entertainment by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Melba Moore, Virgin Records recording artists After 7, rap artist Big Daddy Kane, Alfredo Mojica and his band, the Gay Men's Chorus and tap dancer Johne Forges. General-admission tickets to the ball are $25 for senior citizens and $50 for others. There are also box seat tickets. A box in the West Hall is $1,500 (eight seats). in the East Hall $2,500 (eight seats), and in the Main Hall $10,000 (10 seats). General-admission tickets may be purchased today at Union Station from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets for both general-admission and box seats may be purchased today at 815 15th St. NW from noon to 8 p.m. Bring checks or money orders. For further information call (202) 727-3806. Jan. 8

Marilyn Quayle is honorary chairman of the Preview Night Reception and Dinner of the 36th annual Washington Antiques Show at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The show is at the Omni Shoreham Jan. 9-13. On Jan. 12, the Fabulous Kays are the entertainers at the 1991 Washington Antiques Ball given by the show's young antique collectors' group at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. These events and others connected with the show will benefit the Thrift Shop charities. Tickets to the preview night event are by invitation only and start at $150 for the reception and $180 for the reception and dinner. Tickets to the Jan. 12 ball are $100. Call the Thrift Shop at 202-338-8714.

Invited guests to a preview screening of the Columbia Pictures film "Awakenings," starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, at the Cineplex Odeon Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas will meet Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who wrote the book on which the film is based and whom Williams portrays in the film. The premiere is sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health and the Ostern Foundation. A reception at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall follows.

Jan. 15 The world premiere of the Neil Simon play "Lost in Yonkers" at the National Theatre is a benefit performance for the Food for All Seasons Foundation, which provides emergency food assistance to local organizations that feed the hungry. Sponsors of the foundation are Sovran Bank, IBM, Giant Food, the Hecht Co., Franey & Parr Insurance, Audio Visual Inc., and United Sloan Cos. A party honoring the cast, which includes Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey, at the Willard Hotel follows the performance. Tickets to the performance and party start at $75 and are by reservation. Call 202-965-3620.

Jan. 20 American Ballet Theatre's Coppelia Gala opens with a one-time-only performance of the ballet "Coppelia" at the Kennedy Center Opera House. A supper dance in honor of the cast follows in the center's South Gallery. Tickets are $300 for patron seats (preferred orchestra seating); benefactor box seats (boxes seat four) are $500 each. Funds raised support American Ballet Theatre's D.C. appearance. Call 202-636-8740.

The fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards Gala, a fund-raising dinner for the D.C. Public Library Foundation, honors Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.); D.C. Council member Hilda Mason; Cherry Adler, the executive director of Library Theatre; and G.R.F. Key, a 95-year-old employee of the D.C. Public Library, for their "significant and sustained contributions to the public library." Tickets are $50. Call 202-727-1101. Jan. 24

Olympic gold-medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is the 1990 winner of the KidSportsPerson of the Year award, which will be presented to her at the KidSports Foundation Gala at the Grand Hotel. Tickets to the gala, which features entertainment by Richard Bray and his big band orchestra and a silent auction of sports memorabilia, are $100. Call 703-276-3030.

Jan. 26

The annual all-stag Alfalfa Club dinner for the 200 club members and their guests at the Capital Hilton features humorous (hopefully) speeches by Sen. David L. Boren (D-Okla.), president of last year's dinner, and Secretary of State James A. Baker, president of this year's dinner, and this year's mock presidential candidate on the Alfalfa Party ticket, whose identity is kept a secret until the dinner. Jan. 30

Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry will pitch the questions to four newly elected members of Congress at the Washington Press Club Foundation's 47th Annual Congressional Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Tickets to the dinner for the 1,000 invited guests are $125 and benefit the foundation's educational programs.

Jan. 31

The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Gala for more than 1,200 invited guests at the Grand Hyatt Hotel features the "Lone Sailor" awards honoring President George Bush, Admiral Arleigh Burke and Cook County, Ill. Individual tickets are $250; tickets for tables of 10 are $5,000 for benefactors and $10,000 for patrons. All proceeds go toward completion of the memorial's Visitor Center. Call 703-524-0830.