Skaters on the ice at Canal Park. (Bonnie Jo Mount/THE WASHINGTON POST)

How to spend the first day of the new year? Do it right:

See the original Emancipation Proclamation

Go out to brunch

Watch college football

Go ice skating here, or here or here

Go to the movies

Enjoy a drink beside a fire

Check out a hot celeb at the National Gallery

Last chance to see Zoo Lights this season

Guitarist Zan McLeod and the New Century American Irish Arts dancers (free) at Millennium Stage

Trains at the Botantic Garden or Brookside Gardens