Savor New Year’s Eve Restaurant Offerings
Pictured: King & Rye
Head to one of Alexandria’s many eateries offering chef-driven New Year’s Eve menus. Get warm and cozy in one of King & Rye’s heated igloos with a Winter Wonderland menu featuring craft cocktails alongside a southern-inspired winter menu. Recently opened Jula’s on the Potomac will host a New Year’s Eve dinner celebration overlooking the Potomac with a champagne toast during First Night Alexandria’s twilight fireworks display at 6 p.m. For more waterfront festivities, visit Vola’s Dockside Grill’s New Year’s Eve bash starting at 9 p.m. or go out on the water with City Cruises Alexandria’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise. If you want to stay on the land, spend the evening at Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub during their New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music from Pat Carroll and a three-course meal with a champagne toast at midnight.
Celebrate Olde Year’s Day at Torpedo Factory Art Center
Credit: Torpedo Factory Art Center
Spend the afternoon of December 31 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center with the whole family during Olde Year’s Day from 12 to 4 p.m. Find hands-on activities, meet artists working in their studios and get inspired for 2024.
Enjoy Fireworks, Music and More at First Night Alexandria
Experience the D.C. region’s signature family-friendly New Year’s Eve festival of music and more. First Night Alexandria will ring in 2024 with music, comedy and dance at various Old Town venues. New this year, enjoy a spectacular 10-minute twilight fireworks show at 6 p.m. and an abbreviated encore display at midnight. Purchase your pass to performances on the event website (fireworks are free to view). Viewers are encouraged to soak up the show from waterfront restaurants or spread out among the viewing areas listed below.
- Canal Center Plaza (Center Canal Plaza)
- Rivergate Park (2 Montgomery St.)
- Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.)
- Founders Park (351 North Union St.)
- Waterfront Park (1A Prince St.)
- Windmill Hill Park (501 South Union St.)
- Fords Landing boardwalk (99 Franklin St.)
- Jones Point Park (Jones Point Dr.)
- George Washington Masonic Temple (101 Callahan Dr.)
Luxuriate in a New Year’s Day Brunch
Begin your New Year’s Eve celebrations early at Blackwall Hitch on the 31st for brunch featuring a made-to-order omelet station and applewood-smoked ham carving from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Or start 2024 on a laid-back note with a scrumptious New Year’s Day meal. Beginning at 10 a.m., Murphy’s Irish Pub will be offering hearty Irish faire, a warming fireplace and live music. Alexandria Bier Garden will also be serving a New Year’s Day brunch beginning at 11 a.m. to start the new year off on the right “boot.” Read more about brunch offerings at Alexandria restaurants.