2018 New Year's Eve Gala
Washington's Premier International New Year's Eve Celebration

at the luxurious Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW Washington DC 20008
Sunday, December 31st, 2017
Admission at 7:30PM, 9:00PM, and 10:30 PM
Black Tie Optional or Cocktail Attire Requested

For the 15th year, join friendly professionals at The Marriott Wardman Park, the venue of choice for Presidential inaugural balls & a sophisticated haven of luxury & service celebrating its 100th anniversary. Experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve party as you indulge in free-flowing champagne, open bar, 2 spectacular balloon drops, & dance the night away to 5 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! Celebrate in grand style with each ballroom representing an international destination with entertainment from around the world: European discotheque nightclub, Big band orchestra, Latin salsa band, Caribbean island band, Irish band, Flamenco performances, karaoke, party favors, & More!

About Us
We are Washington's premier organization for internationally-minded professionals with a membership of 47,000+ individuals. We collaborate with 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, 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.

Luxurious Hotel
The Marriott Wardman Park is a sophisticated haven of luxury and service, celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2018. 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 Woodley Park Metro is at the doorstep providing easy access. The hotel, one of the largest in Washington DC, offers 195,000 square feet of stunningly updated event space. 

2 Separate Balloon Drops

Celebrate with two spectacular midnight balloon drops in the Euro Nightclub & Gatsby's New York themed ballrooms. Studies have shown that two separate balloon drops are better than one :)
Washington DC Black Tie New Year's Eve Gala Features 2 Balloon Drops

7 Separate Ballrooms

Travel the world as you visit 7 separate ballrooms with International Music and dance from across the world. Each ballroom includes a separate band or other entertainment for your passport to a magical New Year's Eve celebration.
Washington DC Black Tie New Year's Eve Gala Features 7 Ballrooms

Free Flowing Champagne

Celebrate in style with free-flowing champagne presented throughout the evening.
Washington DC Black Tie New Year's Eve Gala Includes Free-Flowing Champagne

Euro Night Club

Experience the excitement of a discotheque in London, Budapest, or Moscow amidst laser lights & dance music. 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.
Euro Nightclub Dancing at Washington DC Black Tie New Year's Eve Gala

Dance the Night Away

Whether you like dancing to the hippest sounds from the hottest nightclubs, swing/big-band and ballroom dance music, salsa, merengue and Latin sounds, music from a Caribbean paradise, warm melodies from an Irish pub, or thrilling Flamenco performances, we have engaged the best live entertainment and DJs in town for a memorably exquisite evening as you dance the night away!
Dance the Night Away at Washington DC New Year's Eve Gala

Latin Salsa Band

Be seduced by Latin rhythms of Havana with a night of dancing reminiscent of 1950's Cuba. Dance the night away to Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba and other Latin sounds.
New Year's Eve Gala Latin Salsa Band

Big Band Orchestra

Enjoy a night of dancing to our swinging jazz band as you experience a glamorous Gatsby's New York Soiree. Dance to a variety of ballroom dance music including waltz, tango, swing, foxtrot, rumba and other dances.
New Year's Eve Gala Big Band Performance

Caribbean Island Band

Celebrate island style with a Reggae/Island/Calypso band performing sounds from a tropical paradise.
New Year's Eve Caribbean Band Performance

Irish Band

Warm your spirits with the atmosphere of an Irish Pub with sounds of our exciting Irish band!
New Year's Eve Irish Band

Flamenco Performances

Experience the passion, romance, & energy of Flamenco with scheduled dance performances during the evening. Celebrate with thrilling Flamenco performances rich in color & intoxicating music reminiscent of Andalusia, Extremadura & Murcia of southern Spain.
New Year's Eve Flamenco Performances


Take center stage & steal the spotlight! It’s karaoke time! Sing a song & become a star!
New Year's Eve Karaoke

Eleven Fully Stocked Bars

We care about efficient bar service as much as you do! That's why we have arranged for 11 bars throughout the event space. Enjoy an open bar throughout the night until 1:30 AM with free-flowing champagne, wine, beer, & spirits.
Washington DC New Year's Eve Gala Features an Open Bar with Free Flowsing Champagne

Party Favors

Accessorize for New Year's Eve with colorful party favors offered throughout the themed ballrooms.
New Year's Eve Party Favors

Midnight Champagne Toast

Ring in the New Year with a glass of champagne as you celebrate 2018 with us!
New Year's Eve Midnight Champagne Toast

A Memorable Celebration

We've searched the world to once again assemble a selection of the finest entertainment from around the globe to bring you an unparalleled evening of sophistication and elegance in the heart of DC. Ring in the New Year with the finest entertainment for a night of music, dancing, & celebrating whether you attend on your own or with friends.
Enjoy a memorable Washington DC New Year's Eve Gala

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for a short time. Ticket prices are scheduled to increase at 8:00 PM. 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.
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. If you purchased multiple tickets, please arrive for registration together with your guests. Please note that large bags of any kind will not be allowed into the event space. 

  $130 10:30 PM After-Dinner Admission Tickets

This post-dinner late admission ticket option includes delectable desserts, themed celebration areas, open bar, midnight champagne toast, 2 spectacular midnight balloon drops, live bands, DJs spinning international club hits, karaoke, & party favors. Please note that dinner is not included in the 10:30 PM admission tickets. Themes, bands, entertainment & menus are subject to change as we continue to refine the gala.
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Ambassador Level Tickets with 9:00 PM Admission are SOLD OUT..

Includes: Admission at 9PM, internationally themed celebration areas, open bar with free flowing champagne, international dinner buffets presented in two themed ballrooms representing the cuisine of vibrant international destinations, delectable desserts, midnight champagne toast, 2 spectacular balloon drops, live bands, DJs spinning international club hits, karaoke, & party favors. Dinner is served until 10:00 PM with desserts served after that. Please ensure you arrive prior to 9:45 PM to enjoy the dinner buffets presented as dinner service concludes at 10:00 PM. Themes, bands, entertainment & menus are subject to change as we continue to refine the gala..
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Presidential Tickets with 7:30 PM Admission are SOLD OUT

In addition to general admission benefits, Presidential ticket holders are entitled to early admission to the ball with expedited check-in at 7:30 PM, an intimate cocktail reception with champagne and appetizers until 7:45PM, and a 3-course sit-down dinner before the Ball. We will be seating you 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. Reserved seating is presented during dinner along with a solo piano performance from 7:45 PM to 8:30 PM for the prelude to a magical celebration. Please be on time as the last dinner seating is at 8:00 PM! Themes, bands, entertainment & menus are subject to change as we continue to refine the gala.
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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.

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. 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. 

Open Bar With 11 Fully Stocked Bars

Smirnoff Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Cruzan Light Aged Rum,
Dewar's White Label Scotch
Jim Beam White Label Bourbon, Canadian Club Whiskey,
Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila, Korbel Brandy

Budweiser, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Yuengling, O'Doul's
Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Corona, Heineken

Freixenet Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine
Beaulieu Vineyards Coastal Estate Chardonnay and
Beaulieu Vineyards Coastal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Soft Beverages, and Still & Sparkling Waters

{Please note that bar selections are subject to change.}

New Year's Eve Gala Features an Open Bar with Free-Flowing Champagne

Exquisitely Delectable Desserts

We have searched the world over to bring to you the finest selection of exquisitely delectable desserts for a memorable celebration along with tea and coffee. Your mission, if you chose to accept it, is to select from the following desserts served in the Parisian Cafe in the Gatsby's New York ballroom and the Euro Nightclub themed celebration areas:

Orange Infused Savarin and Tahitian Vanilla Cream 
Raspberry Lemon Roulade
Burgundy Poached Pear And Almond Financer
Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel Eclairs
Grand Mariner Scented Crème Brulee
Mini Apple Tartan with Rose Cream
Opera Torte
Artisanal Chocolate Truffles
Assorted Macaroons
Wardman Krunch with Hazelnut Gianduia and Dark Chocolate Mousse
Morello Cherry Clafoutis
Chocolate Bouche De Noel
Paris Brest

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

{Please note that menu selections are subject to change.}

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Sumptuous International Dinner Buffer for Ambassador Level Ticketholders

The award-winning chefs at the Wardman Park have prepared a delectable dinner buffer representing the flavors and culinary traditions of vibrant cities around the world. The dinner buffets will be presented in the Euro Nightclub themed ballroom from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM. If you reserved an Ambassador Level Ticket, please arrive before 9:45 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 10:00 PM. We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive after 9:45 PM and miss the dinner buffet. 

Argentinean Style Beef Sirloin, Carved To Order with Chimichurri, Horseradish Cream, & Whole Grain Mustard 

Moroccan Spiced Chicken preserved Lemon Cous Cous, Natural Jus 

Poached Salmon, White Wine Dill Sauce 

Forest Mushroom Ravioli with Roasted Garlic Cream 

Seasonal Vegetables and New Potatoes 

Freshly Baked Bread 
Dilled Shrimp Salad
Cilantro Jalapeno Cole Slaw
Market Blend of Field Greens
Assorted Garden Vegetables And Dressings

{Please note that menus selections are subject to change} 

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Presidential Admission with VIP Seated 3-Coure 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 reception & seated 3-course dinner for Presidential Ticket holders.

The seated 3-course dinner is presented from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM with the last seating at 8:00 PM. Please note that as mentioned on the ticket level descriptions, the last seating is at 8:00 PM. We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive after 8:00 PM and miss the 3-course seated dinner. Table seating is reserved for Presidential ticket holders until 9:00 PM. 

~~ 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 
Thin Chocolate Plaquette, Raspberry Sauce,
White & Dark Chocolate Confetti

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VIP Reception with Champagne for Presidential Admission Ticketholders

VIP Reception with Champagne & Appetizers in the Ballroom Foyer from 7:30 PM to 7:40 PM for Presidential Level ticketholders.  

Tuna Napoleon, Seaweed & Cucumber Wasabi 

Smoked Salmon, Dill & Caviar 

Miniature Beef Wellington Strudel, Tarragon Dip 

Vegetarian Spring Roll, Sweet Chili 

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Can I attend on my own?

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.

How do I pick up my tickets?

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.

What do I wear?

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!

What's the parking situation?

Self Parking is $20 and Valet Parking is $32 for guests attending the celebration for the duration of the gala. Overnight parking is $45 for self parking and $50 for valet parking. Hotel parking is limited and available on a first-come basis. We recommend a cab or the Metro as parking is not guaranteed. 

When should I arrive for registration?

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 go through registration, relax in the hotel lobby, and enter the event space at your time of admission. If you purchased more then one ticket, please arrive together with your guest(s).

What is the average age of attendees?

Each ballroom of of New Year's Eve Gala is a gala within a gala. With 5 live bands and 7 separate ballrooms of entertainment, the gala is attended by guests comprising of a large age range. Whether you like to ballroom dance to an orchestra or dance the night away to our DJs performing the hottest club music, there's something for everyone!

Will there be a coat check?

The hotel will offer a coat check for guests attending the gala for a very nominal fee, not to exceed $5 per coat/item. The coat check arrangements will be made directly by the hotel who are responsible for the coat check.

May I tranfer my tickets?

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 24 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.

I have another question...

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Please contact us and we will get right back to you!

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