This is not your typical New Year’s Eve bash—it’s better! Happening for the 15th year in a row, the City of Falls Church will host their “Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebration” tonight. Named as the “coolest New Year’s Eve event” for families in the D.C. metro area by the Washington Post Express, this event is sure to be a hit for everyone of all ages.
“Watch Night” refers to the African tradition of “watching” in the New Year. However, there’s not going to be much watching when there are so many activities for the whole family to enjoy while waiting for the clock to strike midnight.
This New Year’s Eve event resembles more of a winter fair then anything. Enjoy live bands, a 20-piece orchestra, a live DJ, karaoke, swing dancing, a caricaturist, puppet shows, scavenger hunt, face painters, balloon artists, a Velcro wall and a moonbounce.
Snack on some free popcorn, hot chocolate and soup while cozying up near multiple fire pits for warmth (check out the schedule for a complete list of the times of each event). Because this street party is so huge, many of the activities will be scattered at indoor and outdoor locations along Broad Street.
When the time starts to tick down to its last minutes in 2012 be sure to head back to the corner of Broad and Washington Street to see the City of Falls Church Star be dropped and lit at 12. This historic star was first used in 1948 when Falls Church became an independent city and is promised to ring in 2013 later this evening.
All activities are free with no age limit to attend. A free shuttle bus will be running every 30 minutes from the East Falls Church Metro stop to all the venues of “Watch Night” until 1 a.m.
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