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Annapolis Alive!

Family focused, alcohol-free New Year's Eve community event that integrates the evening into the city’s year-long celebration of its 300th anniversary. Most activities at the Recreation Center and along Main Street from Church Circle to Market Square. 3 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Fireworks at midnight. See annapolisalive.org/calendar.html

• Children’s activities, rock band battle, traditional and choral music on two stages and along Main Street, parade, midnight countdown, fireworks. Parking $5; free shuttle to and from downtown 4 p.m. -1 a.m.

• Most events free, with no tickets required. Rock band battle $10 at the door.

Annual First Night festivals: Alexandria

Family focused, alcohol-free New Year's Eve community event throughout Old Town and Del Ray. 5 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Fireworks at midnight. 703/838-4200, ext. 210, or www.FirstNightAlexandria.org

• The largest First Night in Northern Virginia. Fifty-five acts on 36 indoor stages — nearly 200 performances by bluegrass musicians, honky-tonk bands, puppets, clowns, choirs, jugglers, classical musicians and more — plus face painters and midnight fireworks. Free parking, free shuttle buses to all venues.

• Adult admission to all venues by badge. Badges $10 before Dec. 25; $15 Dec. 26-31. Active military free; children 12 and younger free but must be accompanied by an adult wearing a badge. Badges on sale through the Web site, at selected retail stores in Alexandria, and beginning noon Dec. 31 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1900 Diagonal Road.

Annual First Night festivals: Leesburg

Family focused, alcohol-free New Year's Eve community event throughout Old Town Leesburg. 6 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Grand Illumination at midnight. Presented by Bluemont. 540/338-4640, www.bluemont.org/Events/events_intro.html

• More than 100 performances at 20 indoor locations in downtown Leesburg. Jazz, classical music, puppet shows, bluegrass, folk music, magicians and more. Traditional Grand Illumination gathering on the courthouse green at midnight. Free parking, free shuttle buses to all venues.

• Admission by button. Buttons $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children 3-12; free for children younger than 3. Button sale Dec. 15-31 at selected sites in Leesburg and Purcellville. On Dec. 31, button sales begin at 5 p.m. at First Night admission booths on King and Market streets and also may be purchased (cash and checks only) at most performance sites after 6 p.m.

Annual First Night festivals: Warrenton

Throughout historic Old Town Warrenton. 7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Grand Illumination at midnight. Presented by Bluemont. 540/341-0988, 540/338-4640, www.bluemont.org/Events/events_intro.html

• Fifty live performances in a dozen indoor venues within walking distance of one another. Jazz, classical music, puppet shows, bluegrass, folk music, storytelling, rock ‘n’ roll and more. Grand Illumination at the Old Courthouse at midnight with candles and song. Free parking.

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