New Year’s Eve Ideas in Arlington

by Katie Pyzyk December 6, 2011 at 11:22 am 7,030 36 Comments

It’s getting to be that time when some people look past Christmas and start firming up plans for New Year’s Eve. A number of venues will be raising ticket prices after this week, so it’s a good time to take action.

Here are some of the larger or unique New Year’s Eve events happening around Arlington. This list is by no means exhaustive, but provides some interesting options from places that have already announced their celebrations.

1. Hyatt Regency Crystal CityProfessionals in the City is hosting its annual “Passport to the World Gala” at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy). In addition to food, drinks and a DJ, the event has entertainment featuring various cultures around the world. Some highlights include the Japanese karaoke room, Red Light District adult-content comedians, Caribbean steel drums and Bollywood Hills Underground Club.

The $99 ticket option allows entry at 10:30 p.m. and includes six drink tickets. The $139 ticket option allows entry at 9:00 p.m. and includes eight drink tickets. Prices will increase after Friday, December 9.

2. Signature Theatre — Guests can take in the 8:00 p.m. performance of “Hairspray” at the Signature Theater (4200 Campbell Ave) and then stay for a countdown to the new year with the cast of the musical.

Tickets are $100 ($75 for Signature Theatre members) and include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and dancing to music from a DJ.

3. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse — Ring in the new year at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) with a 1980s themed bash. Watch New York City’s Times Square celebration live on the big screen while dancing to ’80s tunes from a DJ.

Tickets are $15 and include admission and party favors.

4. Northside Social — The folks at Northside Social (3211 Wilson Blvd) are doing things a little differently for New Year’s Eve. According to their Facebook page, they’re auctioning off the use of the facilities to the highest bidder. The winner gets to throw their own party, fully customized by Northside Social.

Contact Sean Lowder at 804-305-0402 or email [email protected] for more information or to place a bid.

5. Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill — In Courthouse, Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill (2424 Wilson Blvd) touts a dinner and dessert buffet, midnight champagne toast, music and party favors. They also offer party-goers the option to watch bowl games and the New York City ball drop on the 50 flat screens.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $55 at the door.

6. Clarendon Ballroom — The annual New Year’s Eve Gala at Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd) will feature entertainment from cover band Liquid A and DJ Flex.

Tickets are currently $65, but will increase, and include a dinner buffet and four drink tickets.

7. Gulf Branch Nature Center — The whole family can attend the New Year’s Eve Stroll and Campfire at Gulf Branch Nature Center (3608 Military Rd). Attendees can explore the park then toss resolutions into the “wishing campfire.”

Registration is required, and costs $5.

Flickr photo by Dave Hunt

  • Matt

    I almost dont want to share because its a small venue but Twisted Vines on the Pike! Last year it rocked.


  • IrishBloke


  • JamesE

    Taco Bell is open late

    • RS

      Table for two on a TV tray

      • JamesE

        Baja blast mountain dew and a nachos bell grande is true romance.

  • novasteve

    NYE is the WORST night to go out every year. I cannot even contemplate how you could find it enjoyable, the crowds, paying a huge cover, and then being stuck in one place pretty much. Add in all the drunk drivers. You couldn’t pay me to go out on NYE.


      Wow. I agree with novasteve on this one.

    • Nova10

      But the girls are easy on NYE – always worth a shot.

      • AllenB

        So are the guys.

    • drax

      A party with friends at a home is the best way to do NYE. But of course you have to have friends.

    • MC 703

      Agreed. Every year it gets all hyped up and I make big plans and then it just sucks.

      Best to throw / attend a party with close friends and your air mattress in the trunk.

      • novasteve

        The reason why I didn’t mention a party, was even if you are hosting it, your guests face the drunk driver issue. NYE simply isn’t worth it.

        • Arlingtonian

          Been to a lot of NYE house parties and the host always takes all the keys, offers to let everyone stay overnight, and checks to make sure everyone has a designated driver if they aren’t planning to stay.

          • novasteve

            It’s possible to have spare keys, the homeowner could also be liable for anything they do if they do leave. You can’t be certain they stay, and if they get too drunk, they could also damage your home. Designated drivers could bail, etc. A lot can go wrong.

          • yep uhuh

            So true.

            as you walk to Starbucks in the morning a taxi could mount the kerb and run you over
            an asteroid could fall from the sky and hit your house.

            I find the best course of action is to spend 23 hours a day hiding in the cupboard under the stairs with the lights out.

            You have take your life in your hands to run to the bathroom a coupld of times a day – you know most injuries happen in the bathroom.
            But this is the only halfway safe option.

      • Max


    • OX4

      I always get dragged somewhere and I always regret going. Hopefully this year it’ll be me, some beer, and whole lotta Skyrim.

      • JamesE

        Level 53, 110 hours! Skyrim has consumed my life.

        • Quoth the Raven

          I guess that answers my “is it worth buying” question!

          • JamesE

            totally, amazing game.

          • Architeuthis

            And it is confirmed. ArlNow commenters are trolls who do sit around in their underwear playing video games for vast parts of the day. I can only imagine the smell emanating from NovaSteve’s mother’s basement after a marathon session of gaming, energy drinks and tobacco.

          • novasteve

            Actually I can’t stand video games. My “basement” is on the 5th floor of a building.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Yet ironically, you are commenting on commenters. Nice!

          • JamesE

            I did six sets of 225 bench press yesterday broseph, don’t hate on my Elder Scrolls skills

          • OX4

            I’m gonna name my next warrior mage “Architeuthis” in your honor.

          • I found a picture of them in the basement.


        • OX4

          How do you check the hours played? I’m at a measly Level 23, but I got Lydia suited up in massive armor doing most of my work for me.

          • JamesE

            It should say on the save/load menu when you select the latest save.

  • j

    Guess no pics of Arlington at NYE were available.

    • charlie

      well when we can figure out how to drop the Arlington Way on everyone’s head at midnight, there will be a pic.

  • ArlRes

    This is Arlington, why is anyone driving around on New Years Eve when DC and Arlington are so easily accessible by metro and cab?

    • Zoning Victim

      Yeah, while I agree that people shouldn’t be driving on NYE if they’re planning on drinking, try getting a cab on NYE and get back to me. It takes hours in Arlington, if you can get one at all. Once you are in DC, if you can even get a cab, they all have their meters turned off and just want to charge a ridiculous flat rate to get you home and will stuff the cab full of as many people as they can get.

      I still usually do it because a good friend of mine always has a NYE party downtown, but getting a cab is not as easy as you are making it out to be. For that matter, I’ve had to wait hours to get a cab on most Friday or Saturday nights because there just isn’t enough capacity for those nights.

  • YTK

    LOL!! You’re using a piksha of TIMES SQUARE!! You have nothing that you can print from Arlington’s Celebrations???

    • Southeast Jerome

      best comment yet on this thread.

  • I’ve been to a ton of different NYE parties in the area and I’ve always liked the Bignight DC put on by Hi Ball Events, I usually get a room at the venue and have a blast without having to drive. The cool thing is that all of the bands and DJs are local Arlington Favorites Like Mr. GreenGenes and DJ Pat. Its an all inclusive of food and drinks and not one of those events that are way understaffed so it takes forever to get anything. I’ve been to a few events in the recent past that were just to big for the staff to handle and that is just never any fun. No matter what you do as long as you surround yourself with good friends even a night anywhere will be a great time.

    • I would just like to add onto Cre8ivPath comment. Another nice thing about Big Night DC is that the event also offers something for just about everyone. There are many different rooms with different events going on like a mock casino, disco, electronic music, etc. The event is also at the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort. If you haven’t seen the place, it is incredible. There definitely is no hotel around here (or practically anywhere) as sweet.


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