Kennedy Center New Year's Eve Grand Foyer Party on December 31, 2012. (Photo by Amanda Kay Ritchie)

Local Living is taking a break next week. All events take place Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted.

Holiday Masquerade and Open House The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities encourages masquerade attire for this party with music, performances and refreshments. There will be a Creative Mask Contest. New and unwrapped art supplies, toys, clothes and certificates to arts programs will be accepted by the D.C. Office of Child and Family Services for D.C. foster children. Cash donations will not be accepted. 6-9 p.m. D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I St. SE. 202-724-5613. Free.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise An adults-only cruise on the Potomac River aboard a glass-walled ship includes dinner, monument views, live entertainment, a champagne toast, open bar packages and a dessert table. Boards at 8 p.m., cruise 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., dockside until 1 a.m. 866-306-2469. From $209.90.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball Chris Bukowski of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor Pad” hosts a Capitol Hill party with DJs, an open bar, appetizers, complimentary masks and TV screens showing the ball drop in Times Square. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. 571-238-5297. From $109.

Passport to the World Gala: An International Red Carpet Affair Professionals in the City hosts this gala with bands, magicians, caricaturists, dance lessons, food and drinks. More than 3,000 attendees are expected. Wristbands will be color-coded for singles and couples. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW. 202-686-5990. $139. Some $99 tickets will be available after 10:30 p.m. (open bar, but no food). Other discounts offered for groups.

Kennedy Center Grand Foyer Party The D.C. swing band the Tom Cunningham Orchestra and soul-R&B singer Lady perform at this party complete with a balloon drop at midnight for ticket holders to evening performances (6 p.m. or later) or Roof Terrace Restaurant diners (your receipt is your entry ticket). Choose from “Shear Madness” (6 and 9 p.m., $50), “Flashdance the Musical” (7:30 p.m., from $86), “Elf the Musical” (8 p.m., from $60), and “New Year’s Eve at the Kennedy Center: Ray, Motown, and Beyond” with Ellis Hall (8:30 p.m., from $50). 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.