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 17th year. Celebrate New Year's Eve in grand style & indulge in a sophisticated haven of luxury & service as we ring in 2020!
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 representing an international destination with entertainment from around the world, party favors, & More! Please note that as we continue to refine the gala, themes, menus, entertainment, bands and other gala details are subject to change.
About the International Club of DC & the Gala
We are Washington's premier organization for internationally-minded professionals with a membership of over 47,000 individuals. We collaborate with over 80 embassies to present cultural events for our members & our annual New Year's Eve Gala is our most magnificent cultural event of the year!
Each year, we present one of Washington's largest New Year's Eve celebrations. The New Year's Eve party is well-attended by both singles and couple alike so you are welcome to attend on your own or with friends to meet and socialize with other International Club of DC Members and diverse professionals from around the world.
A Luxurious Rendezvous on New Year's Eve
The Willard InterContinental is a sophisticated haven of luxury and service, celebrating its 200-year anniversary in 2018. Steeped in 200 years of history, the iconic Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C., located two blocks from The White House, is a historic hotel that offers 335 spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites that exude a unique blend of contemporary luxury and historic charm. The hotel has played host to world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities, and now it is your turn to experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve celebration at one of DC's grandest hotels. The Metro is just a couple of blocks away providing easy access.
A limited number of specially discounted tickets are available for a short time. Ticket will increase each week leading up to the gala. Reserve your tickets soon, as our previous New Year's Eve gala sold out! Please see below for the ticket options as well as gala ticket policies.
All online ticket sales are final. No cancellations or refunds on online ticket sales for any reason.
All attendees must be 21 and over.
Tickets will be released only to the credit card holder who purchased the tickets upon presenting valid ID and the credit card used to reserve the tickets. If you purchased multiple tickets, please arrive for registration together with your guests. Please note that large bags of any kind or winter coats will not be allowed into the event space.
Very few tickets are left. As we reach capacity for the gala, ticket prices are subject to increase without notice at any time.
In addition to general admission benefits, enjoy a 3-course sit-down dinner with champagne at 7:45 PM served in The WILLARD BALLROOM, one of The Willard's most exquisite event spaces. 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 is presented for the duration of the dinner service along with live music by a duo for the prelude to an exciting celebration. Please be on time as the last dinner seating is at 8:25 PM! After the Presidential Dinner service concludes at 9:00 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.
Event & Rain Date Policy
All online ticket sales are final.
No cancellations or refunds on online ticket sales for any reason.
All attendees must be 21 & over.
No large bags or winter coats are allowed in the event space.
Security staff may screen guests, and anything brought into the event space.
Please note that as we continue to refine the gala, themes, menus, entertainment, bands and other gala details are subject to change.
Together with the hotel and the entertainers engaged for the evening, we are all working diligently to present you a spectacular NYE celebration, regardless of the weather. The NYE Gala will be held rain, shine, or snow, including severe winter storms. Kindly note that by purchasing a ticket, you accept the responsibility to arrive at the hotel for the gala on time. Due to expenses incurred, we are unable to offer refunds in the event you are unable to attend the gala for any reason, including severe winter storms.
Purchase of tickets constitutes your acceptance of our rain date policy and no-refund policy, as all ticket sales are final. The gala concludes at 2:00 AM with some aspects of the gala concluding at 12:00 Midnight (balloon drop), 1:00 AM, and 1:30 AM.
You don't need a date to attend as both singles & couples attend the gala. Attend on your own or with friends to celebrate with other internationally-minded professionals! Our members are friendly, outgoing, and a diverse group of internationally-minded professionals.
The credit card holder must arrive at the Registration Desk (together with any guests) to sign for & collect tickets with Photo ID matching the name on the guest list along with the credit card used to purchase tickets. Tickets will be released only to the credit card holder. If you purchased multiple tickets, please arrive for registration with your guests.
The recommended attire is either cocktail attire or Black Tie optional. Ladies can wear a formal gown, cocktail dress or other appropriate attire. Gentlemen may wear a tuxedo, dark suit, or other appropriate attire. Have fun dressing up as you can't overdress for this event!
For security considerations, coats and large bags are not allowed in the event space. The hotel will offer a coat check for guests attending the gala for a nominal fee of approximately $7 cash per coat/item. Kindly note that we are not responsible for the coat check, as the The coat check arrangements will be handled directly by the hotel.
You can transfer tickets to another guest as long as you contact us 48 hours prior to the event, and request a Credit Card Payment Authorization Form for payment confirmation. We must receive the signed Credit Card Payment Authorization Form at least 48 hours prior to the event with a copy of your photo ID in order to authorize another guest to attend the gala. For the security of the creditcard holder, there will be no exceptions to this policy.
Kindly note that parking is handled directly by the hotel and we are not responsible for any aspect of parking. Hotel parking is limited & available on a first-come basis and not guaranteed. We recommend Uber, a cab or the Metro. Valet & self-parking for event attendees is $35.00. Valet & self-parking for overnight guests is $55.00. Self-parking entrance is on F Street between 14th & 15th Street. Additional parking: Metropolitan Square on F Street between 14th & 15th Street, nearby garages, or street parking. Parking rates may increase.
Registration commences 30 minutes prior to the time of admission. Please arrive for registration 30 minutes prior to the time of admission so that you can check-in, relax in the hotel lobby, and enter the event space at your time of admission. If you purchased more than one ticket, please arrive together with your guest(s). Allow plenty of time for traffic/parking. Kindly note that factors such as parking & traffic are beyond our control & it is your responsibility to arrive at the registration desk on time.
Each ballroom of the New Year's Eve Gala is a gala within a gala. With several live bands, DJs, and other entertainment, the gala is attended by guests comprising of a large age range. Whether you like to ballroom dance to a live band or dance the night away to our DJs performing the hottest club music, there's something for everyone!
Unreserved seating is available for the duration of the 3-course dinner from 7:45 PM-8:45 PM for Presidential Level guests & the buffet dinner from 9PM -10PM for Ambassador Level guests.
All seating is unreserved & available for all guests after 10PM. With about 1,000 guests expected, the gala is not presented as a seated function or an event with reserved seating. Since guests visit various ballrooms throughout event, the event is structured with unreserved seating in each ballroom with seating becoming available as guests leave one ballroom for another. While, seating is not guaranteed after 10PM, if you have a special need and unable to locate seating in any of the available ballrooms, please ask a Hotel Manager and we are happy to assist you.