After a record breaking holiday shopping season, you’re more than likely searching for fun (and affordable) New Years Eve events to welcome 2021.

There’s no need to break the bank and burn through your budget before the New Year even begins. Here are 9 curated ways to ring in the New Year with friends, while spending less than you think:

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Ever wonder how celebrities celebrate NYE? Experience an A-list gathering that you don’t need to know someone to attend. Take photos with your favorite people this NYE and make all your friends jealous (they don’t need to know it’s wax, right?).

Tickets $18-$36 | 1001 F St NW Washington, DC 20004

First Night in Alexandria

Hop from venue to venue throughout historic downtown Alexandria and listen to live music from blues bands, jazz artists, and even an Earth Wind and Fire tribute band.

Tickets $30-$35 | 221 King St Alexandria, VA & surrounding venues

Watch the Fireworks Show


Head out around midnight and enjoy one of the country’s best fireworks shows. The show can be seen throughout the city, but a few viewing spots to consider are the National Harbor and along the Potomac in Alexandria.

Free | 165 Waterfront St National Harbor Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Want more options. Here’s a complete list of where to see NYE fireworks in and around DC this year.

Tour the U.S. Botanic Gardens

Travel through the conservatory as enjoy the featured holiday exhibits showcasing new poinsettia varieties and a botanical inspired model of Union Station.

Free | 100 Maryland Ave SW Washington, DC 20002

Celebrate at Rosa Mexicano

Enjoy a 4 courses menu filled with traditional Mexican cuisine paired with a special holiday cocktail.

Tickets $35 | 575 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Party like it’s 1920 at City Tap House

Celebrate New Years Eve with the glitz and glamour of the roaring ’20s without the ticket price of a formal gala. Enjoy a 3 course fixed menu and a 2 hour open bar.

Tickets $50 | 901 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001

Attend a Rock Show at The Loft at The Hamilton

Rock out to Moonshine Society, a rock, blues, and old school R&B style band. Then enjoy the complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets $35 | 600 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005

New Year’s Eve Monopoly

You read that right. Someone is hosting a Monopoly New Years Eve party and we felt it appropriate to share with you. DC9 is a multi-level club and lounge near DC’s hip U Street area. Locals love the random events, dive bar atmosphere, and tasty selection of appetizers. Tickets for this event start at $50, but the price includes a 7 hour open bar, complimentary champagne midnight toast, party favors, and most importantly Monopoly.

Tickets $55 | 1940 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001

Have a Laugh at the DC Improv Club

You may know Dov Davidoff for serious roles like NBC’s Shades of Blue, but this New Years Eve event will show off his comedic skills.

Tickets $35 | 1140 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036