A Quick Guide To New Year’s Eve

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The countdown to 2019 begins! Are you looking for somewhere new or exciting to go on New Year’s Eve? Whether it’s local, in Annapolis or a short drive away, here are our New Year’s Eve highlights:

Severna Park Lanes

Ring in 2019 with a lucky strike at Severna Park Lanes’ New Year’s Eve 2018 Gala Celebration. The gala is from 9:30pm until 2:00am. With each ticket, you get unlimited bowling, shoes, galaxy bowling, party favors, noise makers and door prizes. Ahead of the gala are two family celebrations: one from 4:30pm-6:30pm and one from 7:00pm-9:00pm. For more information, call 410-647-0811.

Vertigo Red NYE 2018 Party

Stay local this New Year’s, and party with the band Vertigo Red at Twain’s Tavern. The NYE party starts at 9:00pm and goes until 1:00am. Tickets cost $15 per person or $20 for a couple, and they are available online. Twain’s Tavern is even offering a Black Friday deal of $5 off NYE tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door. Throughout the night, $10 bottles of champagne will be available, and a complimentary champagne toast will commence at midnight. Twain’s is offering a limited menu during New Year’s Eve, featuring appetizers, flatbreads, soups and salads. For more information, call 410-647-5200.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner and a show at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. Doors open at 6:00pm, and a performance of “The Little Mermaid” starts at 8:00pm. The dinner buffet is served at 6:15pm. Once the show ends, there will be dancing and champagne until midnight. Following the midnight celebrations, a breakfast buffet will be served at 1:00am. Tickets are $110 per person. To make a reservation, call 1-800-888-6297.

New Year’s Eve Annapolis 2019

The Downtown Annapolis Partnership is offering a one-stop-shop for all New Year’s Eve activities. Starting at 3:00pm, there will be a variety of family-friendly activities at Weems-Whelan Memorial Field. From 8:00pm until midnight, attendees can enjoy live entertainment and a close-up fireworks display in the heated tent at City Dock. Free and discounted parking will be offered around Annapolis, as well as free circulator and shuttle buses between events and restaurants. For more information, call 410-263-7997.

New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Count down to 2019 from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the New Year’s Eve Spectacular. The event begins at 9:00pm with a live performance from R&B/soul artist Alexis Joyce at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The PANDORA Ice Rink will be open for skating until 12:30am. At midnight, attendees will have the ultimate view of the fireworks display over the Inner Harbor. For more information, call 410-752-8632.

Big Night DC New Year’s Eve Gala

Are you looking for an all-inclusive event? Head to the National Harbor, where your ticket gets you access to seven dance floors, 10 party bands and DJs, endless open bars and a midnight countdown celebration. Tickets start at $99.99, and there are a variety of packages to choose from, some of which include food and earlier entry. The New Year’s Eve Gala will be held at the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort. For more information, call 301-965-4000.

The Kennedy Center Grand Foyer Party

This year, celebrate the New Year at the Kennedy Center. On December 31, there will be performances of “A Jazz New Year’s Eve,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Second City’s Love, Factually” and “The Play That Goes Wrong.” Your ticket to any of those performances includes entry to the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer Party where there will be dancing, great bands, a countdown to midnight, party favors and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 202-467-4600.

Where To Watch Midnight Fireworks

Annapolis: City Dock

Baltimore: Inner Harbor

Washington, D.C.: National Mall

Get Home Safely

Don’t blow away your money this New Year’s Eve. Instead of getting fined — or anything worse — for driving home impaired, make a plan before you leave for the night.

Download Uber, Lyft or another ridesharing app. Don’t stop there: go through the steps to make sure your account is set up. Considering it’s a holiday, fares will likely spike throughout the evening. Make a plan to share a ride and split the cost with someone else.

Dryver has a designated driver service with three different options to choose from: Personal Driver, Pickup Service or the Peace of Mind Plan. With this service, someone drives you around in your own vehicle. Dryver is easy to use, and even has an app. For this one, make your reservation ahead of time.

Annapolis City Taxi will be open 24 hours on New Year’s Eve. To make sure you will be picked up on time, call the day before or a few hours ahead of time to let the service know how many people are in your party, where your pickup location is and when you need to be picked up. Annapolis City Taxi serves Annapolis, Arnold, Cape St. Claire, Crofton, Crownsville, Deale, Edgewater, Millersville and Severna Park. You can estimate your fare online at www.annapoliscitytaxi.com. To make a reservation, call 443-852-0686.

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