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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on December 22, 2009 at 7:11 am

First Night Celebrations Around DC

There are plenty of family-friendly First Night celebrations in the Washington, DC area to ring in 2010.

first_night_Alexandria_virginia First Night Alexandria – Dance the night away all along King Street in historic Old Town Alexandria (map it) at the city’s First Night celebration.  It brings together over 100 performing arts, live music and dance performances on more than 25 indoor stages.

Stay until midnight for the midnight fireworks spectacular with the best views from the grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial.  All venues are alcohol-free.

Tickets – Admission badges are available online for $15.00 (through 12/23/09) or onsite for $20.00.

Hours – 7:00 p.m. – midnight

Watch Night in Falls Church – Another New Year’s Eve celebration is in downtown Falls Church, Virginia (map it) and this one is FREE.  The celebration at Broad First_night_band_Alexandria_virginiaand Washington Streets in Falls Church is named after the ancient African tradition of “watching” in the New Year. 

Expect lots of live music, singers and choral groups, plus karaoke, along with fun children’s activities – magic shows, face painting, a Moon Bounce and games.   Dancers can show off their stepping skills at the digital dance revolution center.

Tickets – FREE

Hours – 7:00 p.m. – midnight

First Night Leesburg – First Night Leesburg delivers over 100 performances at 20 indoor locations in downtown Leesburg (map it), most available via continuous shuttle bus service to major sites.  Enjoy rock, jazz, bluegrass, folk and classical music, puppet and magic shows for the kids, and more. 

The First Night celebration highlight is the annual pass the candle flame midnight illumination at the courthouse green.  This is an alcohol-free event. 

Tickets – $8.00, Seniors – $6.00, kids – $3.00, under 3 years old are free.

Hours -  6:00 p.m. – midnight

Images – Michael Geissinger

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