Black Tie New Year's Eve Gala at the Luxurious Willard Intercontinental: DC's Premier and most luxurious International New Year's Eve Celebration
Attend on your own or with friends to celebrate New Year's Eve with free-flowing champagne and an open bar, delectable dinner and desserts, midnight balloon drop as well as live bands: Jazz orchestra, Latin salsa band, and Caribbean island band. Also enjoy a nightclub experience with our DJ spinning the hottest international dance hits, karaoke, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and more...

Event Date

Monday, December 31, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Event Address

Willard InterContinental Washington, DC
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20004

Requested Attire

Black Tie Optional or Cocktail Attire Requested. Kindly mote that this event is strictly for guests 21 and over. Please note that IDs will be checked/validated and underage guests will not be allowed admission to the gala.

Event Description

Steeped in 200 years of history, the iconic Willard InterContinental Washington, DC, is the venue for Washington's premier & most luxurious international New Year's Eve celebration presented for the 16th year. Celebrate New Year's Eve in grand style & indulge in a sophisticated haven of luxury & service as we ring in 2019!

We have assembled a selection of the finest entertainment from around the world to bring you an unparalleled and spectacular evening of sophistication and elegance. Attend on your own or with friends and join other outgoing internationally-minded professionals from around the city and the globe for a magical New Year's Eve gala. You do not need a date to attend.

Experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve party as you indulge in free-flowing champagne, an open bar, a spectacular balloon drop, & dance the night away to live bands & DJs. For dinner choose from a VIP sit down 3-course dinner with champagne or a dinner buffet of international cuisine. Also enjoy exquisite desserts by the pastry chef at the Willard! Celebrate NYE in grand style with each ballroom or celebration area representing an international destination with entertainment from around the world, party favors, & More! 

Experience an Unforgettable NYE Party: Free-flowing champagne & an Open Bar, Delectable Dinner & Dessert Buffets, Midnight Balloon Drop, An European Discotheque Nightclub Experience with Our DJ Spinning the Hottest International Dance Music, Doc Scantlin Dance Band, Latin Salsa Band, Caribbean Island Band, Karaoke, Party Favors, Midnight Champagne Toast :::: & More!

You don't need a date to attend: Both singles and couples attend the gala every year. Whether you attend by yourself or with friends, you will have a wonderful time in the warm and friendly company of other internationally-minded professionals!

We are planning Washington's premier New Year's Eve experience:
Please see below for dinner & dessert menus, entertainment, themes & other gala details. Kindly note menus, themes, & entertainment are subject to change as we continue to refine the gala. We may add, change or remove advertised entertainment.
Let us transport you to a Late Night Euro Discotheque for an unforgettable nightclub experience as you dance the night away to the hottest club hits played by our DJs.
Experience a spectacular midnight balloon drop in the
Euro Nightclub themed ballroom!
Our New Year's Eve celebration also includes dancing to music by our Latin band. From the wild times of 1950's Havana, to the modern hot spots of Argentina and Costa Rica, enjoy salsa and other Latin sounds all night our Latin band performs seductive sounds of Habana! In our stylish and glamorous Gatsby's New York themed ballroom dance the night away to the Doc Scantlin band performing a variety of sophisticated music. Enjoy an exquisite evening of dancing as you celebrate the New Year!
Indulge in a selection of delectable desserts by the award winning pastry chef at the Willard InterContinental.
Celebrate New Year's Eve in style with free-flowing champagne.

Celebrate with party favors! 
Select from either a sumptuous 3 course seated dinner or a buffet of international delicacies. 

Also enjoy dancing to our island Caribbean band !
All this and more await you at our spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration!

Take the elevator to your hotel room after the gala:

The Willard Intercontinental offers well-appointed suites and rooms to help you relax and ring in the New Year in luxury at discounted rate. you encounter any difficulties making your room reservation online at the discounted rate, please let us know so we may assist you.


  $120.00 - Specially discounted 10:30 PM Post-Dinner Admission Ticket for ICDC Members:
This after-dinner late admission ticket option includes sumptuous dessert buffets, separate themed celebration areas, open bar, midnight champagne toast, spectacular midnight balloon drop, Live Bands, DJs spinning international club hits, karaoke, and party favors. Please note that dinner is not included in the 10:30 PM admission tickets.

$219.00 - Specially discounted 9:00 PM Admission Ambassador Level Ticket:
Includes: Admission at 9PM, Internationally Themed Celebration Areas, Open Bar, Dinner and Dessert Buffet representing the cuisine of vibrant international destinations, Midnight Champagne Toast, Balloon Drop, Live Bands, DJs spinning international club hits, Karaoke, and Party Favors. The dinner buffet is served until 9:45 PM with desserts served after that. Please ensure you arrive prior to 9:45 PM to enjoy the dinner buffets presented.

$329.00 - Presidential Ticket with 8:00 PM Admission and Dinner served at the Willard's Nest:
In addition to general admission benefits, enjoy a 3-course sit-down dinner with champagne at 8:00 PM served at The Nest, one of The Willard's premier and intimate event spaces. The Nest is a lovely and elegant room located on the second floor facing Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Streets. There are several windows and a beautiful coved ceiling with a crystal chandelier and a fireplace. We will be seating you with other guests at tables of ten (10). If you have a large group of guests and wish to sit together, please arrive together and let us know when you check-in so we may assist you. Table seating and live music is presented while dinner is served for the prelude to an exciting celebration. Please be on time as the last dinner seating is at 8:40 PM! After the Presidential Dinner service concludes at 9:30 PM, join us in the ballrooms downstairs to enjoy the New Year's Eve Gala! Themes, bands, entertainment & menus are subject to change as we continue to refine the gala.

Please note that online ticket sales are non-refundable. The current ticket prices are listed above. Please note that ticket prices are subject to increase as we approach the commencement of the event and we encourage you to reserve your tickets early, as space is limited.

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Event Agenda (May change)

The admission registration desk will be on the lobby level. Kindly note for your security, tickets will be released at the admission desk ONLY to the person who purchased the tickets upon presenting photo ID & the credit card used to make the reservation. If you have purchased more than one ticket, please arrive for admission with your guests. For your security, no tickets will be released unless photo ID matching the name of the person who purchased the tickets is presented with the credit card used to reserve the tickets.

Kindly mote that this event is strictly for guests 21 and over. Please note that IDs will be checked/validated.

8:00 PM Presidential Admission

9:00 PM Ambassador Level Admission

10:30 PM Post Dinner Admission

The New Year's Eve Gala concludes at 2:00 AM with certain entertainment, bands, and aspects of the gala concluding at 1:00 AM and 1:30 AM. Bar service concludes at 1:30 AM with nonalcoholic drinks served until 2:00 AM.


The Willard InterContinental is a sophisticated haven of luxury and service in the heart of Washington DC. The hotel, the venue of choice for Presidential inaugural balls, has played host to world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities, and now it is your turn to experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve celebration one of Washington's premier and most historic hotels. We encourage you to reserve your tickets early, as we sold out each of the previous years. The Metro is just a couple of blocks away providing easy access.

Hotel parking is offered at $42 for guests attending the gala. Hotel parking is limited and available on a first-come basis and prices are subject to increase. Parking is not guaranteed. Room rates do not includes taxes and other charges.

Metropolitan Garage on 14th and F Street is the closest garage to the hotel.

Please note that the map is enclosed below as a courtesy to you and for your convenience but we do not guarantee the accuracy of the map or the directions provided by Google. It is your responsibly to arrive safely and on time at the address of the event disclosed above.

Parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the venue. Kindly note that, as is the case in most major cities, the availability of street parking in Washington DC is limited and beyond our control. Due to the limited availability of parking, we highly recommend a cab, Uber/Lyft or other transportation option. The event start at the designated time so please allow sufficient time for traffic/travel/transportation and parking as these factors are beyond our control.

Event Notes

Open Bar With Fully Stocked Bars
{Bar selections subject to change.}

Spirits: Beefeater Gin, Dewar's White Label Scotch, Jim Beam Bourbon, Smirnoff Vodka, Canadian Club Whiskey, Sauza Blanco Tequila & Bacardi Superior Rum

Wine: Hogue, Washington State, Chardonnay; Hogue, Washington State, Cabernet Sauvignon;
Villa Sandi II Fresco, Prosecco

Imported Beers : Modelo Especial , Amstel Light, Corona Extra, Corona Light, Heineken, Stella Artois, Caliber (non-alcoholic)

Craft Beers : Samuel Adams, Boston Lager, Samuel Adams Seasonal, Blue Moon, Goose Island, Angry Orchard, Flying Dog Easy IPA, DC Brau The Public Pale Ale

Domestic Beers : Bud Light , Budweiser , Coors Light, Michelob Ultra , Miller Lite

Assorted Regular & Diet Soft Drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Coke Zero
Natural Spring & Mineral Water: Fiji, San Pelligrino, Evian, Perrier, Restore

Exquisitely Delectable Desserts
We have searched the world over to bring to you the finest selection of exquisitely delectable desserts prepared by the pastry chef at the Willard InterContinental for a memorable celebration. {Menu subject to change.}

Wild Strawberry Mousse and Champagne Gelee Verrines
Shot glasses filled with strawberry mousse with a layer of clear champagne gelee on top, 18k gold leaf flakes suspended in the gelee

Tropical Fruit Mousse Roulade
Thin white sponge cake layered with coconut mousse and rolled into a log, topped with a tropical fruit chutney which consists of diced kiwi, pineapple, and papaya cooked with vanilla bean, all spice, and anise

Dark Chocolate Passion Cones filled with Mandarin Orange Cream . Chocolate coated wafer cones filled with mandarin orange cream, and candied orange peel

Festive New Year's Macarons
Home made macarons decorated and airbrushed with festive colors

Lucky Golden Eclairs
Eclairs filled with chocolate pastry cream and dipped in gold chocolate

Double Layer Mint Julep Brownies
Chocolate brownies topped with a layer of mint julep buttercream

Meyer Lemon Meringue Tarts
Miniature vanilla tart shells filled with home made lemon curd and topped with a toasted Italian meringue

Handmade Chocolate Bon Bons
Assorted flavors of chocolate candies/truffles

Matcha Green Tea Creme Brulee
Our classic creme brulee recipe infused with Matcha green tea powder, burned using Sugar in the Raw

Opera cake
Layers of jaconde sponge cake, espresso buttercream, and dark chocolate ganache

Mini Paris Brest
Pate de choux batter piped in mini ring shapes and covered with sliced almonds then baked, when cool, they are sliced and filled with a praline pastry cream

Carrot Cake Morsels
Classic carrot cake layered with a vanilla bean cream cheese frosting

Coffee and tea.

Assorted Cheeses, Sliced French Baguettes & Assorted Crackers also served.

{Menu subject to change.}

Sumptuous International Dinner Buffer for Ambassador Level Ticketholders
The award-winning chefs at the Willard InterContinental have prepared a delectable dinner buffet representing international flavors and culinary traditions. The dinner buffet will be presented in the Euro Nightclub themed ballroom from 9:00 PM to 9:40 PM. If you reserved an Ambassador Level Ticket, please arrive at the registration desk at 9:00 PM to allow time to enjoy the dinner buffets presented. Please note that as mentioned on the ticket level descriptions, the dinner buffets close at 9:40 PM. We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive after 9:40 PM and miss the dinner buffet. {Menu subject to change}

Executive Chef's Selection of a Seasonal Inspired Butternut Squash Soup

Selection of Organic Lettuce Leaves, Fennel Chiffonade, Vine Ripe tear Drop Tomatoes, Julienne of European Cucumber and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Greek Salad with a Julienne of Cucumber, Vine Ripened Tomato, Feta Cheese, Peppers & Herbs Vinaigrette

Beef Bourguignon served with Caramelized Cipollini Onions and Election Braising Liquid

Pan Seared Chicken Breast and Natural Pan Jus

Sundried Tomato Crusted Mahi Mahi on Orzo Pasta

Cavatelli Pasta Tossed in Portobello Mushrooms Volute

Roasted Marble Potatoes with Parsley Butter

Melange of Seasonal Vegetables

{Menu subject to change}

Presidential Admission with VIP Seated 3-Course Dinner

Make your New Year's Eve experience an extra special indulgence with the Presidential Level ticket option featuring all of the fantastic amenities our New Year's Eve Gala complemented by a special VIP seated 3-course dinner with champagne for Presidential Ticket holders.

The seated 3-course dinner is presented from 8PM to 9:00 PM with the last seating at 8:40 PM. We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive after 8:40 PM and miss the 3-course seated dinner. Table seating is reserved for Presidential ticket holders until 9:00 PM. {Menu subject to change}

{The chef at the Willard is updating the menu for 2019 and the updated menu will be posted below shortly}

~~ The Salad ~~
Local Greens, Candied Pecans, Vermont Goat Cheese,
Fresh Raspberries & Dried Cherries, Red Wine Vinaigrette

~~ Entree ~~
Pan Seared Filet Mignon & Roasted Sea Bass
Cabernet Mushroom Reduction & Orange Ginger Glaze
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables to include
Red & Gold Beets, Broccolini, Cipollini Onions
-- or --
Chef's special vegetarian option

~~ Dessert~~
Decadent Chocolate Devastation
Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Gateau , Spiced Hazelnut Praline, Tobago Dark Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Plaquette, Raspberry Sauce, White & Dark Chocolate Confetti

{Menu subject to change}