Who says family time and New Year’s Eve (NYE) fun have to be separate things? Many adults opt to make NYE a grown-ups-only event, and that is certainly understandable. But some families prefer to ring in the new year with everyone together, kids of all ages included, and even then, there are some good options. Family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in Northern Virginia include evening celebrations with music and other entertainment, fireworks, and more, all the way to midnight.
Many of these evening celebrations are huge events with entertainment for all ages, and free admission. Some of the events are non-alcoholic festivals to keep the celebrations from getting too wild. For the very young kids, other mock “noon-year’s eve” events give them a taste of the real thing, with a clock countdown and just as much fun while the sun is still out.
And finally, the fun doesn’t end on New Year’s Eve. For many people, New Year’s Day represents a great opportunity to start fresh, with a goal on fitness and health. From a 5K run to a more mellow First Day Hike, you’ll find some options to get the year off on the right (then left, then right, then left) foot. Our annual guide to Family-friendly New Year’s Events lists some good choices near you — go take a look now!