New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in 2019. For those students who are living overseas away from family to attend one of the language schools in DC, the ending of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 will be a special occasion. It will be a time when they can reflect on what they’ve learned so far in their studies, as well as immerse themselves in American New Year’s celebrations and traditions. Students who study English in Washington DC have an abundance of celebration options.
We’ve come up with ten fun ways to ring in the new year that are perfect for students attending language schools in Washington DC no matter their budget.
1. Ring in the New Year Virtually with Loved Ones Back Home
Rather than feeling homesick on New Year’s Eve, make plans to be with your family when the new year begins. Virtually, that is. Even if you cannot fly home for New Year’s Eve, you can make arrangements to Skype with your loved ones as you countdown the end of 2018 and the start of 2019. Even better – you can celebrate the start of 2019 as it begins with your relatives in another time zone as well as celebrate with those in DC when the clock strikes midnight in your local time zone!
2. Countdown to the New Year with Your Classmates
One of the best perks of attending a Washington language school, such as inlingua, is the new friendships you make. Choose to countdown to the new year with friends from your English class in DC. It is likely several of your classmates are also far from home and looking for someone to share the holiday with. Use the countdown party as an opportunity to practice conversational English. For example, take turns sharing your New Year’s resolutions in English.
3. Use Netflix for an Early Countdown Celebration
If you are not a night owl, there is no need to fear! You can always choose to celebrate the new year with an early countdown. Some places even host “Noon Year’s Eve” where you celebrate at twelve in the afternoon rather than twelve in the evening. Netflix also has a series of fun, child-like countdowns for New Year’s Eve that you can play whenever you are ready to bring in the new year.
4. Go to a New Year’s Eve Party at a Club or Hotel
For many students, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to party. Throughout DC, clubs and hotels are hosting huge New Year’s Eve parties. With the numerous options available, you are likely to find a place that is in your budget. You can find tons of options with Eventbrite’s The Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve 2018 in DC.
5. See the Firework Displays
What better way to say goodbye to one year and welcome in the new year than with a giant fireworks display? Fireworks are a very common way to celebrate this holiday, and students in DC have plenty to choose from on the big night! Capitol Standard has put together 8 Places To See Fireworks Near DC This NYE to help those on your on your quest for best New Year’s Eve firework displays.
6. Celebrate on the Waterfront
Another popular place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the DC area is the Georgetown Waterfront. There is a party atmosphere, and there are tons of festive activities taking place. Plus, many of the restaurants and venues on Washington Harbor offering New Year’s Eve party packages with food, drink, music, and more.
7. Head to a Casino
Does the new year have you feeling lucky? If so, try your luck at one of the casino resorts near Washington DC, such as MGM Casino Resort at National Harbor. In addition to enjoying the casino, you can expect to experience a lively atmosphere with the resort also counting down to the new year.
8. Brave NYC for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Experience
For the ultimate American New Year’s Eve celebration, take a trip to New York City to experience the Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop with a million of your other closest friends. This is the most popular place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the United States. If you are not up for making the four-hour-plus drive yourself, invite some of your new friends to ride along with you! Or, consider booking a ticket on one of the tour buses that will travel from DC to New York City for New Year’s Eve.
9. Enjoy a New Year’s Day Brunch
The fun doesn’t have to stop at midnight. Keep the celebration going on January 1st, 2019 with a special New Year’s Day brunch with your language school classmates. Enjoy sleeping in and having a delicious meal and mimosas on the first day of the new year. Plus, several DC restaurants will have unique New Year’s Day menus and will serve brunch for longer hours than usual.
10. Eat a Traditional New Year’s Meal
Like many cultures, America has its own belief in lucky foods to eat at the beginning of the new year. In the southern United States, many families gather around the table and eat a traditional new year’s meal that includes pork, greens, black-eyed peas, cornbread. According to folklore, the black-eyed peas symbolize wealth, the greens represent money, pork represents prosperity, and cornbread represents gold. If you are hoping for wealth and prosperity in 2019, you should eat this traditional southern meal.
11. Ring in the New Year Safely
Before we go, we hope you will have a safe and happy new year. Avoid drinking and driving by using rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber or take a taxi. Students will also be happy to learn the DC Metro will have lines operating until 2 AM on New Year’s.
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