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, Caribbean island band, and Flamenco Performances. 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 our venue for Washington's premier and most luxurious international New Year's Eve celebration. Celebrate New Year's Eve in grand style as you indulge in a a sophisticated haven of luxury & service as we ring in 2019! For the 16th year, we have assembled a selection of the 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 a celebration of international culture, music, cuisine, & dancing to the music of live bands: Latin salsa band, Jazz band, a Trinidad-Tobago Island band, and Flamenco performances. Enjoy a stunning balloon drop at midnight, free flowing champagne, party favors, a full premium open bar, champagne toast at mid-night, gourmet tea and coffee, and first-class service. 

For dinner choose from either a sit down 3-course dinner with champagne or sample international fare at our destination dinner buffets, with cuisine representing vibrant destinations from around the world. We have also arranged specially discounted rooms at the Willard InterContinental. Join us for a memorable, fun-filled evening of celebration for singles and couples – it’s simply DC's premier New Year's Eve gala!

Experience an Unforgettable NYE Party: Free-flowing champagne & an Open Bar, Delectable Dinner & Dessert Buffets, 2 Spectacular Midnight Balloon Drops, An European Discotheque Nightclub Experience with Our DJ Spinning the Hottest International Dance Music, Jazz Orchestra, Latin Salsa Band, Caribbean Island Band, Irish 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.

Overnight Rooms at the Willard InterContinental for a limited time.
The Marriott Wardman Park offers well-appointed suites and rooms to help you relax and ring in the New Year in comfort starting at only $99, for a limited time. If you encounter any difficulties making your room reservation online please let us know so we may assist you. To make your room reservations, please visit the Marriott Web Site.

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 our Jazz Orchestra 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.


  $109.00 - Specially discounted 10:30 PM Post-Dinner Admission Tickets 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.

$199.00 - Specially discounted 9:00 PM Admission Ambassador Level Tickets:
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.

$265.00 - Presidential Tickets with 8:00 PM Admission:
In addition to general admission benefits, Presidential ticket holders are entitled to early admission to the ball with expedited check-in at 8:00 PM, with champagne 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 and live music is presented when dinner is served for the prelude to an exciting celebration. Please be on time as the last dinner seating is at 8:40 PM!

$2599.00 - Presidential Gala Corporate Sponsorship (Your own VIP Table with 10 Presidential Tickets):
Includes your own exclusive table to enjoy the gala festivities with your friends when dinner is served for the ultimate New Year's Eve experience. Includes 10 Presidential tickets for the gala festivities to be enjoyed by 10 attendees. Also includes the placement of your corporate logo on the gala Web site when the logo is emailed to and received by International Club of DC Inc., as well as priority seating for your reserved table during the time dinner is served. Last dinner seating is at 8:40 PM so please arrive before 8:00 PM.

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.

The International Club of DC Thanks Our Sponsors


Event Agenda (May change)

The admission registration desk will be on the lobby level near the stairs to the ballroom 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 and underage guests will not be allowed admission to the gala.

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. 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

Enclosed below are the beverage, dinner, and dessert selections for the 2018 gala.
The menu selections for 2019 will be just as delectable and the chef at the Willard InterContinental is preparing a special menu for our 2019 New Year's Eve celebration with the details to be announced here the first week of November.

Open Bar with Free-Flowing Champagne

Enjoy an open bar throughout the night until 1:30 AM featuring free-flowing champagne and...
{Please note that bar selections are subject to change.}

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.}

:: Seated 3-Course Dinner for Presidential Level Guests ::
{Please note that gala menus are subject to change} 

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 Years Eve Gala complemented by a special VIP seated 3-course dinner for Presidential Ticket holders.

The seated 3-course dinner is presented at 8:00 PM with the last seating at 8:40 PM. If you reserved a Presidential Level Ticket, please arrive before 8:00 PM to allow you the opportunity to enjoy the 3-course seated dinner presented. Please note that as mentioned on the ticket level descriptions, the last seating is at 8:40 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, when Ambassador Level Admission commences.

Presidential Dinner Menu
~~ VIP Reception with Champagne in the Ballroom Foyer from 7:30 PM to 7:40 PM ~~  
Tuna Napoleon, Seaweed & Cucumber Wasabi
Smoked Salmon, Dill & Caviar
Miniature Beef Wellington Strudel, Tarragon Dip
Vegetarian Spring Roll, Sweet Chili
~~ 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 

{Please note that gala menus are subject to change} 

:: Delectable International Buffets for Ambassador Level Guests ::
{Please note that gala menus are subject to change} 

The award winning chefs at the Willard have prepared a delectable dinner buffet representing the flavors and culinary traditions of vibrant cities around the world.
The dinner buffet will be presented in the Euro Nightclub themed ballroom.

The dinner buffets are presented from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM. If you reserved an Ambassador Level Ticket, please arrive before 9:40 PM to allow you the 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 9:40 PM and miss the dinner buffet.

{Please note that gala menus are subject to change}

:::: Ambassador Dinner Menu - Served in Two Themed Ballrooms ::::

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

Argentinean Style Beef Sirloin, Carved To Order
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

:: Finest Desserts from Around the World Served in Luxurious Style ::
Complete your New Year's Eve experience with a decadently delightful dessert menu prepared especially for you by the renowned pastry chefs at the Marquis. Desserts are served starting at 10:45 PM until midnight.

  {Please note that gala menus are subject to change}

Delectable Dessert Menu
Desserts will be served in the New York and the Euro Nightclub themed celebration areas. 

Assorted Cheeses, Sliced French Baguettes & Assorted Crackers
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

Domestic Cheeses 

Freshly Brewed Coffee and International Teas
Presidential Dessert Selection
~~ An exquisite dessert to complement the Presidential Dinner experience ~~

Decadent Chocolate Devastation
Grand Marnier Chocolate Baba
with decadent Chocolate Cremeux and sweet Candied Mandarins