From noon until the clock strikes midnight, the people of Alexandria will be out celebrating the arrival of a new year on Friday, December 31st with the return of First Night Alexandria. The annual event is back for 2021 and packed with a lineup of live music and other family-friendly activities, including both ticketed and free events.
If you’re ringing the new year with little ones, snag tickets to one of the Kids Celebrate NYE! events. The first begins at noon and the second session at 3 p.m., both featuring two hours’ worth of music, crafts, and games perfect for pint-sized revelers who will want to go to bed early. The grown-up fun starts at 6 p.m. with the welcoming ceremony, followed by a jam-packed lineup of live music at venues all over Alexandria until 11 p.m. Around 10 p.m. the Countdown to 2022 Street Party kicks off at Market Square, no admission fee necessary. It’ll carry on until the fireworks finale, which begins at midnight and continues for a while into the wee hours of the new year.