For many, one of the holiday season’s more frustrating aspects has always been that Christmas and New Year’s Eve fall so closely together. No sooner do you complete your holiday shopping and planning that annual Christmas dinner, than you find yourself desperately struggling to decide how to bid a suitable adieu to the departing year and welcome in the new. Below, four ideas for New Year’s Eve 2010 enjoyment are offered to those visiting or residing in the Maryland-Washington D.C. area this holiday season.
Big Night DC
When it comes to sheer visual grandeur, top honors are due the glass-enclosed atrium that forms the lobby of Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. There’s still time to purchase tickets for the Big Night D.C. New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, an annual holiday celebration held at this property situated on the Potomac River. From 9:00 pm to 3:00 am, partygoers age 21 and over can eat, drink, and dance to their heart’s content as they bid 2009 the fondest of farewells. Besides boasting sixteen themed celebration areas and five dance floors, this party will also feature a live entertainment roster of nine party bands and DJs, each prepared to tear the roof off the place. Especially attractive about this fete is that all drinks andfare are included in the ticket prices, which start at $139.00 per guest. A first-rate menu served from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm, beverage stations keeping the holiday spirit flowing from 9:00 pm to 1:30 am, and an abundance of live music guaranteed to rock the house all add up to a New Year’s Eve well spent.
Odyssey New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
With 2009 mere days away from being water under the bridge, board the Odyssey New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise and get some water under your feet. If the promise of New Year’s Eve party favors and dancing to live entertainment aren’t enough to float your proverbial boat, then perhaps the available open bar premium package and Viennese dessert table with chocolate fountain will do the trick. Board at 8:00 pm, and sail from 9:00 pm to 12:30am, returning to dockside at 1:00 am. Follow a luxuriant plated dinner service (no buffets here!) with a champagne toast at midnight, and raise a glass to 2010. Prices begin at $199.90. Call (866) 302-2469 for tickets.
New Year’s Gala 2010 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel
This December 31st, D.C.’s Willard Intercontinental Hotel is making time travel possible. From 9:00 pm to 2:00 am, dance your way through the ages as you make the rounds through eight party areas, each embodying a different decade and musical style. For $179.00 per person, guests age 21 and over can shake it to exuberant 1950’s salsa, or wind to 1960’s-style reggae and calypso. Step into a re-creation of Rick’s Café from classic film, Casablanca. Tap your toes to New Orleans jazz of the 1930’s and 40’s, or savor the decadence that was the roaring 20’s speakeasy. But don’t think that because New Year’s Eve is as much about looking backward as forward, this party’s all about music of yesteryear. There’ll be ample dropping of high energy 21st century beats and, when midnight arrives, of balloons as well. The Willard Intercontinental Hotel is located at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington D.C.
New Year’s Eve Swing Dance at Glen Echo Park
At this event, dancing isn’t simply an attractive after-dinner bonus, it’s the whole reason you’re there. American Swing is taking over Glen Echo Park on December 31st. Bringing the heat are the incomparable Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings, and they’re serving up the red hot and blues to keep you swinging on stars until long after the kids and 2009 have been put to bed. For those readers lamenting their lack of talent where cutting a rug is concerned, there will be beginners’ lessons from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, followed by dancing until 12:30 am. That this can be enjoyed for a mere $20.00 per guest proves that even in these uncertain economic times, a full evening of entertainment doesn’t have to cost a fortune.