New Years In DC

As the year winds down, Washington, D.C. gears up for a festive New Year’s celebration. If you’re looking for tips on how to make the most of the occasion, you’re in the right place. Here are some suggestions for a memorable New Year’s in the nation’s capital.


Kick off your New Year’s Eve festivities with a bang – quite literally – at the various places in and around the DC area. As the clock strikes midnight, the sky above will burst into a dazzling display of colors. Grab your loved ones and a blanket, and join the crowds for a front-row seat to breathtaking shows of beautiful fireworks.

US Botanic Gardens Holiday Displays

Before New Years, consider escaping the chaos of the city to visit the U.S. Botanic Gardens. The lush greenery and vibrant blooms provide a serene backdrop for a leisurely winter stroll out of the cold weather. During this festive season, the Botanic Gardens transform into a winter wonderland with the “Season’s Greetings: America’s Gardens” holiday show. Marvel at all of the unique plant collections and themed gardens while enjoying the enchanting holiday decorations that add an extra layer of magic to the botanical oasis.

Golf Cart Tour of the Monuments

Elevate your New Year’s weekend celebration with an unforgettable golf cart tour of the illuminated monuments. Capitol Express Tours offers a unique and fun way to explore the city’s landmarks. Cruise past the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and the Jefferson Memorial, all aglow with festive lights. Our expert guides will share fascinating stories and historical insights, making this tour a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Book your day or nighttime tour today!

Local Bars and Restaurants

After an evening of exploration and wonder, head to one of D.C.’s vibrant local bars or restaurants to toast to the arrival of the new year. Whether you’re craving a craft cocktail, local brews, or a gourmet meal, the city’s diverse culinary scene has something for everyone. Reserve a table in advance to ensure you have a seat at the hottest spots in town.

DC Holiday Lights

Extend the festive cheer beyond the National Mall with a drive or stroll through neighborhoods adorned with holiday lights. Throughout DC, various neighborhoods are decorating their main streets with festive lights until January 7th, 2024. Businesses in these neighborhoods also have special holiday promotions and deals this season to incentivize supporting local businesses. Check out the holiday lights in Mount Pleasant, U Street, Columbia Heights, Logan Circle, Woodley Park, Chevy Chase, and more!

Georgetown GLOW

Until January 7th, attend the free outdoor light art experience in Georgetown this year. This is the 9th edition of the GLOW show, and the experience features five installations including Rotifers, Follow the Light, Talking Heads, Darth Fisher, and Neighborhood. Learn more about the featured artwork and their locations here.

With the combination of breathtaking fireworks, enchanting holiday displays, and a golf cart tour that provides a unique perspective on the city’s landmarks, Washington, D.C., offers a New Year’s celebration like no other. Make this year’s transition memorable by exploring the capital’s festive offerings with Capitol Express Tours. Wishing you a happy and unforgettable New Year!