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 18th year. Celebrate New Year's Eve in grand style & indulge in a sophisticated haven of luxury & service as we welcome 2023!
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 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 & our NYE Gala
We are Washington DC'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 and elaborate cultural event of the year. The New Year's Eve party is well-attended by both singles and couples 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, in the heart of Washington DC, Steeped in 200 years of history, the iconic Willard InterContinental Washington, DC, 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.
2022 New Year's Eve Gala at the Willard InterContinental
An International Celebration of Music, Wine, Dinner, Desserts, & Dance
A limited number of specially discounted tickets are available for a short time. Tickets prices will increase each week leading up to the gala. Reserve your tickets soon, as our previous New Year's Eve galas sold out!
Reservation options include two dinner options: 3-course sit-down dinner, buffet style international cuisine as well as a post-dinner option with desserts. 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.
Reservation-holders must pick up their tickets at the Registration Desk with any guests attending the event. 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.
Ticket availability is limited. 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 CRYSTAL 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 for check-in together with your complete party 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. We are unable to offer refunds if you arrive late for any reason and miss the seated dinner.
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. Please check the gala Website for the most up-to-date details about the event.
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 1:30 AM with some aspects of the gala concluding at 12:00 Midnight (balloon drop) and 1:00 AM (bar service and certain entertainment).
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! 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.
Tickets are only released to the credit card holder who must arrive at the Registration Desk located across from the reception desk in the lobby (together with any guests). The credit card holder can then 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. Formal gowns, cocktail dresses, tuxedos, dark suits, or other appropriate attire are all welcome! 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 $10 cash per coat/item. Kindly note that we are not responsible for the coat check, as the coat check arrangements will be handled directly by the hotel.
You can transfer tickets to another guest as long as you contact us at least 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.
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!
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 rideshare (Uber, Lyft, etc.,), a cab or the Metro. Hotel valet & self-parking for event attendees is $35.00. Hotel 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 on your ticket. Please arrive for registration 30 minutes prior to the time of admission on your ticket 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.
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 many 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.
We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Please contact us and we will get right back to you!
All Ticket Sales are Final. No cancellations or refunds on tickets for any reason, including severe winter storms, government actions, health restrictions, or event postponements/rescheduling at our sole discretion due to COVID or other factors beyond our control.
All attendees must be 21 and over.
If the event is rescheduled or subject to health restrictions due to COVID, other pathogen, government guideline, mandate, or action, as well as any other factor beyond our control including severe winter storms, any ticket purchased can be transferred to attend the 2024 New Year's Eve Gala or other subsequent New Year's Eve Gala by emailing us at [email protected] provided that we receive your notice at least 72 hours prior to the event. By purchasing a ticket, you agree and accept that no refunds will be provided and we reserve the right to reschedule the event at our sole discretion due to COVID related conditions.
While we do not expect government mandates which may require restrictions that result in the rescheduling or other limitations which might affect the event, you agree that such possibility exists by purchasing a ticket. By purchasing a ticket, you agree that ticket reservations for the 2023 New year's Eve Gala will be transferred to the 2024 New Year's Eve Gala or other future New Year's Eve Gala in the event of government action beyond our control which might result in the postponement and rescheduling of the event at our sole discretion
Since ticket processing fees as well as payments made to vendors and performers engaged for the gala are nonrefundable, by purchasing a ticket, you agree that we are unable to offer refunds for cancellation, nonattendance for any reason, as well as rescheduling of the event at our sole discretion due to government restrictions, actions, or any other conditions related to COVID.
Proof of Full Vaccination Required to attend
All guests are required to present proof of full vaccination with matching photo ID for admission: 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this policy. No refunds will be given if you are denied admission due to lacking proof of full vaccination with matching photo ID.
Vaccine Boosters Recommended with Your Doctor's Consultation
If it has been more than 6 months since you were fully vaccinated, we highly recommend a vaccine booster with the consultation of your doctor. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to consult with your doctor with regards to receiving a vaccine booster prior to attending the event. You agree to adhere to any potential future health guidelines that may require boosters to be considered fully vaccinated.
Masks are Required When Required by DC Covid Guidelines
By participating in the event, you agree to follow the DC COVID Guidelines in effect at the time of the event and understand and agree that the guidelines may change at any time without notice and that you along with your guests agree to adhere to the guidelines in effect at the time of the event: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
By participating in the event, you agree that while we have communicated health and safety measures along with DC COVID Guidelines, we do not have police or law enforcement powers to physically enforce health and safety measures or mandates. Therefore, you agree to hold International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers harmless for any noncompliance of the health and safety mandates by another attendee, event participant, or third party.
Agree to DC Health Guidelines and ICDC Policies
You along with your guests agree to adhere to the DC Health guidelines in effect at the time of the event: By participating in the event, you agree to adhere to all government health mandates regarding public events on the day of the event, including future health guidelines that may require boosters to be considered fully vaccinated: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
You also agree to adhere to International Club of DC policies for ticket reservations, participation in events, and acceptable behavior:
Tickets will only be released to the person who purchased the tickets upon presenting photo ID and credit card used to reserve the tickets. If you purchased more than one ticket, please arrive for admission together with your guest(s).
No large bags or winter coats are allowed in the event space.
Security staff may screen guests and anything brought into the event space.
By participating in the event, you accept the responsibility to arrive for the event on time. Hotel parking is limited and not guaranteed due to the availability of space. All ticket sales are final.
The gala concludes at 1:30 AM with some aspects of the gala concluding at 12:00 Midnight (balloon drop) and 1:00 AM (bars and certain entertainment).
Event Details Subject to Change
Please note that as we continue to refine the gala, themes, menus, entertainment, bands and other gala details are subject to change. We may add, change, or remove any menu item, advertised band or entertainment, or other aspect of the gala.
Attend in Good Health
By participating in the event, you agree to follow the DC COVID guidelines in effect at the time of the event: https://coronavirus.dc.gov and warrant and represent that that neither you nor your guests are experiencing any COVID symptoms. In the event that you or your guests experience potential COVID symptoms prior to the event, you can request your tickets be transferred to the 2024 New Year's Eve Gala or a future New year's Eve Gala by contacting us at [email protected]
While we have put in place health and safety measures, including requesting proof of vaccination, by purchasing a ticket, you accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 or any other pathogen along with all consequences resulting from exposure or infection, including but not limited to physical injury, illness, temporary or permanent disability, death, and economic or financial loss.
By participating in the event, you agree to release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for yourself, all of your family members and your heirs, International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers from any and all liability for personal injury, including death, and property damage that arise out of the activity.
By participating in the event, you agree, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for yourself, all of your family members and your heirs, not to make negligence claims against International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers for losses, debts, demands and/or damages for personal injuries or wrongful death suffered as a result of participation in the activity.
You understand and agree that by taking part in this ticketed activity will have the effect of releasing, discharging, waiving, and forever relinquishing any and all actions or causes of action that you may have or have had, whether past, present, or future, whether known or unknown, and whether anticipated or unanticipated by you, arising out of your participation. This release constitutes a complete release, discharge, and waiver of any and all actions or causes of action against International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers.
You understand and agree that by participating in this ticketed activity, you are to release, indemnify and hold International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers harmless from any and all liability or costs, including attorney fees, associated with or arising from your participation in activities.
You also agree to convey these terms to your guests and ensure their acceptance and agreement of these terms prior to attending the event.
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