"FIRST NIGHT ANNAPOLIS" -- Starting Dec. 31 at 3 p.m., more than 200 family performances at indoor and outdoor sites throughout downtown Annapolis; fireworks over Spa Creek at midnight. Parking is difficult in the historic area. Park at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Rowe Boulevard and take the free Annapolis Bus Co. and MTA bus shuttles from the stadium to Lawyer's Mall/State House. From there, Annapolis Transit shuttles will circulate around the downtown continuously throughout the evening. Admission $15 in advance, $20 on Dec. 31; $10 for ages 6 to 12, under 6 free. 410-268-8553.
"FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA" -- Dec. 31 starting at 6 p.m., family entertainment and other activities throughout Old Town Alexandria; fireworks at midnight. First Night Alexandria admission buttons are $10 each through Dec. 30. On Dec. 31 they will be $15. Children under 12 do not need a button but must be accompanied by an adult wearing one. For a list of button-sale locations, visit www.firstnightalexandria.org/ buttonsale.asp. 703-838-4200, Ext. 210.
"FIRST NIGHT LEESBURG" -- Dec. 31 starting at 6 p.m. with indoor and outdoor entertainment and other family activities throughout Leesburg's historic district. $8, ages 3 to 12 $3, under 3 free. 800-752-6118.
"NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECTACULAR" -- Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m., free entertainment and family activities in Baltimore's Inner Harbor; fireworks over the harbor at midnight. 410-837-4636.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS -- Dec. 31 at 9 at Leonardtown Wharf, at the end of Washington Street in Leonardtown, Md. 301-475-9791.
FALLS CHURCH WATCH NIGHT welcomes the new year with music, dance, magicians, puppet shows and other entertainment from 8 to midnight Dec. 31 around Broad and Washington streets. 703-532-0884.