FIRST NIGHT ANNAPOLIS -- Dec. 31 from 6 to midnight. Family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration with entertainment at scores of indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Annapolis, concluding at midnight with fireworks at City Dock. Special activities for children are planned from 2 to 5:30 at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. $15 in advance, $20 Dec. 31, ages 6 to 12 $10, younger free. 410-268-8553.

FIRST NIGHT LEESBURG -- Dec. 31 from 6 to midnight. Family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration with entertainment at 20 sites throughout Leesburg's historic district, concluding with a "Grand Illumination" at 11:45 at the Leesburg Courthouse. $8, seniors and ages 2 through 12 $5, younger free. 703-777-6306.

FIRST NIGHT WARRENTON -- Dec. 31 from 7 to midnight. Family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration throughout Old Town Warrenton with entertainment at 10 venues, concluding with a "Grand Illumination" candlelight gathering on the courthouse green. $8, seniors and ages 2 through 12 $5, younger free. 703-777-6306.

FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA -- Dec. 31 from 7 to midnight. Family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration with entertainment at sites throughout Old Town Alexandria, concluding with fireworks at midnight at the George Washington National Masonic Temple. Admission badges $10 before Dec. 25, $15 after; free for ages 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. 703-838-4200, Ext. 210, or 703-838-5005.

"FIRST FAIRFAX: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" -- Dec. 31 from 6 to midnight. Music, storytelling, puppet shows, carriage rides, ice-skating. At Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., and nearby sites. 703-385-7850 or 703-352-2787.

FIRST NIGHT TALBOT -- Dec. 31 from 6 to midnight. Family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration with entertainment at venues in downtown Easton, off U.S. 50 in Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. $8, students $4 in advance, $10 and $5 at gate, ages 4 and younger free. 410-820-8822.

FIRST NIGHT FREDERICKSBURG -- Dec. 31 from 6 to midnight. Family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration with entertainment at more than 17 venues throughout the historic district, around Caroline and Charlotte streets, concluding with a fiber optic light show. Admission is $5, ages 3 and younger free. 800-260-3646.

NEW YEAR'S IN BALTIMORE -- Dec. 31 from 9 to midnight. A free New Year's Eve Spectacular in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with outdoor entertainment until midnight, concluding with fireworks over the water. 877-225-8466.

"A JAZZ NEW YEAR'S EVE" -- Dec. 31 at 7:30 and 9:30, Jon Hendricks leads the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, followed by dancing in the Grand Foyer to music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington. $65. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

"NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER" -- Dec. 31 at 8:30. National Symphony Orchestra musicians conducted by Murry Sidlin perform popular favorites by Gershwin and Viennese composers, followed by dancing in the Grand Foyer to music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington. $65 to $90. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

THE JOE BYRD QUINTET -- Dec. 31 at 9:30. A New Year's Eve celebration. $50, seniors and students $48. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5301.