Here’s How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Alexandria
Ring in 2023 in Alexandria, VA, with mouthwatering New Year’s Eve menus, live performances during First Night Alexandria, arts events and a spectacular fireworks finale.
Savor New Year’s Eve Restaurant Offerings
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. King’s Ransom will offer a special New Year’s Eve cocktail menu and a sparkling wine toast at midnight. Il Porto Ristorante is offering classic homemade Italian fare until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Or spend the evening at Lena’s Glitter & Glam New Year’s Eve Bash at the Loft at Lena’s, an intimate space themed after the 1920’s Golden Age. The event includes a four-course dinner with wine pairings, hand-crafted cocktails, live music and a complimentary 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 from 12 to 5 p.m. Find hands-on activities, meet artists working in their studios and get inspired for 2023.
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 rings in the new year with music, comedy and dance at Old Town venues, and culminates with a spectacular fireworks finale. Purchase your pass to performances at the event website.
Midnight fireworks over the Potomac River will last for approximately 15 minutes. Viewers are encouraged to view 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
Start 2023 on a laid-back note with a scrumptious brunch on New Year’s Day. Beginning at 10 a.m., Murphy’s Irish Pub will be offering hearty Irish faire, a warming fireplace and live music. Reserve a table with an expansive view over the Potomac River for Café 44’s New Year’s Day brunch at 11 a.m., complete with breakfast cocktails and chef’s specials. Il Porto Ristorante will also be serving brunch starting at 11 a.m. and dinner from 3 to 10 p.m. Read more about New Year’s Day meal offerings at Alexandria restaurants.