Hello, 2012: New Year's Eve in McLean

Secular and Religious Events To Enjoy as We Bid Goodbye to 2011

Trip the light fantastic in McLean this News Year’s Eve. Below are Patch's picks for your best start to a happy and healthy 2012.


Evo Bistro

1313 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

(703) 288-4422

A five-course, prix fixe dinner includes fettuccini with braised short ribs, stuffed pork loin and peanut butter mousse cake. Diet begins Jan. 1! $65 per person; $125 per person includes wine pairing. Seatings from 5 to 11 p.m.


Ritz Carlton

1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean

(703) 506-4300

Taking the prize as the most romantic way to spend the last moments of 2011 is the Ritz Carlton’s New Year’s Eve package. For $289, the package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe guest room, a bottle of Champagne, a sweet celebration treat from The Pastry Shop, and an American Breakfast for two in Michel.


La Sandia

Tyson’s Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

(703) 893-2222

Fill up on a 3-course tasting menu of tradition Mexican favorites like chile relleno, shrimp enchiladas, and roasted corn soup, then head to the bar for the special toast, featuring your choice of 250 Mexican spirits. The sparkling sangria sounds like a good choice to us. Cheers! $24.95 per person. Reservations available by phone or online.


Watch Night: Falls Church

Intersection of Broad Street (Rt. 7) and Washington Street (Rt. 29)

(703) 534-4942 (for Event Organizer, Barb Cram)

Family friendly! The Washington Post Express calls this "the coolest New Year's Eve event" for families in the Metro area. The night is filled with music, dancing, a karaoke stage, face painters, balloon artists, and the traditional “countdown spectacular.” Runs Saturday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Free! Shuttle Bus runs every 30 minutes from East Falls Church Metro Station to all venues.


If you can't drive home after partying New Year's Eve, please call 1-800-200-TAXI  and a taxicab will take you home for free. The program, sponsored by SoberRide, started Dec. 16 and operates daily from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each evening up to and including New Year's Eve.

You know the police will have extra patrols out New Year's Eve.

Church Services

New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so the majority of McLean churches are offering regular Sunday worship on Jan. 1. There are also some opportunities to worship on New Year’s Eve; service times and locations are below.


Shiloh Baptist Church

8310 Turning Leaf Lane

(703) 893-8982

9:30 p.m.: “Watch Night” Worship (Fellowship at 9:30 p.m., Service at 10:30 p.m. 2012 is the "Spirtual & Personal Growth: Passionately Pursuing God.")


Saint Luke Catholic Church

7001 Georgetown Pike  

(703) 356 1255

5:30 p.m.: Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God


St. John the Beloved Catholic Church

6420 Linway Terrace

(703) 356-7016

5:00 p.m.: Vigil Mass

10:30 - 11:30 p.m.: Holy Hour

11:30 p.m.: Mass


Dominican Retreat

7103 Old Dominion Drive

(703) 356-4243

New Year’s Eve, 5:30 p.m., through New Year’s Day, 10:30 a.m.

The Dominican Retreat is offering a New Year’s Overnight for anyone seeking spiritual renewal and prayer in a community of faith. The New Year’s celebration begins with a festive dinner, followed by a Conference, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Visitors may also celebrate Holy Eucharist on Jan. 1, the feast of the Mother of God, and close with breakfast. A $125 offering is requested, with a $50 deposit upon reservation.


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