Our end-of-the-week picks for Dec. 2-4
DC Cocktail Week 2022
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's DC Cocktail Week showcases delicious food and drink pairings for guests to enjoy at local bars and restaurants through this Sunday. Many locales will also offer unique experiences, cultural events and educational opportunities during the celebration.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Meet Mrs. Washington and other 18th-century residents of Mount Vernon in a 45-minute candlelit tour of the estate (tours are also available on Dec. 9, 10 and 18). Make sure to arrive at the Ford Orientation Center 15 minutes before your ticket time to check out themed Christmas trees in the Ford Orientation Center, warm up with light concessions and shop for holiday gifts at The Shops at Mount Vernon.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Back at the Zoo for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. The free event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland.
Free Admission | More Info
Smithsonian's National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Enchant at Nationals Park
Enchant Christmas, which features a beloved light maze, makes its home in DC at the gorgeous Nationals Park through the end of the year. Visitors can also expect ice skating trails, a holiday village with products from local businesses and a kids’ play place. There’s going to be plenty of Instagram-friendly settings and holiday spirit at this one-of-a-kind installation.
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Downtown Holiday Market
The free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, the beloved market stretches across two blocks of F Street between 7th and 9th streets. Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents with seasonally flavored music performed live in the background. Locally roasted coffee and crafted-before-your-eyes mini-doughnuts inspire a cold-weather appetite, creating a holiday atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in DC. The market runs through Dec. 23.
12-8 p.m. daily | Free admission
F Street between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Washington, DC
City Ridge Tree Lighting Festival
Ring in City Ridge’s first holiday season with an evening of free activities to all ages, including face painting, glitter tattoos, photos with Santa Claus, crafting, live performances, holiday train rides, carolers, ice-carving, branded giveaways, a photo booth and more. The event will culminate with a tree-lighting ceremony hosted by NBC4’s Shawn Yancy.
4-8 p.m. | Free Admission
20 Ridge Square NW, Washington, DC 20016
NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas
Every year, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Kennedy Center join forces to bring outstanding jazz pianists together to perform their favorite Christmas classics for one night only. The holiday tradition has become a favorite in the District, so make sure to purchase your tickets well in advance. This year's concert features Hiromi, Bob Thompson and José André Montaño.
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. | Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
Step inside a multiverse of holiday magic and wonder at the incredible ARTECHOUSE. Float among giant jingle bells, take a spin in the candy cane carousel, assemble magical holiday gifts via the ARTECHOUSE XR app, enjoy specialty holiday-themed cocktails augmented by enchanting XR experiences and much more.
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
A Christmas Carol
Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace assumes the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a lavish Victorian-style musical production of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, the staging of which is a time-honored holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. Scrooge’s riveting journey alongside the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future is a joy even if you’ve experienced it a hundred times before – especially in one of the world’s most historic theaters.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
The District Holiday Boat Parade
Each year, dozens of dazzling boats traverse the Potomac River from the waterfront in Alexandria, Va. to the The Wharf. You can observe the parade on Dec. 3 free of charge, and there are holiday festivities to enjoy beforehand, including winter drink sampling, chances to meet Santa, ornament decorating and more. Prizes will be awarded to the most beautiful vessels, which begin their journey at 6 p.m., and fireworks will cap off the parade at 8 p.m.
District Pier at The Wharf, 101 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC Holiday Show
Tap-dancing elves, a moving Christmas tree, snow and unforgettable choral renditions of holiday classics will all be part of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC's annual holiday show. The festive program will include songs like “Sleigh Ride”, “Underneath the Tree” and “The 12 Rockin' Days of Christmas”. Expect performances from the full Chorus, soloists, all GMCW ensembles and the GenOUT Youth Chorus.
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
As part of its free Season's Greenings celebration, the U.S. Botanic Garden will feature G-gauge model circulating through agricultural displays made from plant parts, new plant-based landmarks including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the National Gallery of Art's East Building. Throughout the Terrace Gardens and Bartholdi Gardens, trees and shrubs will feature string lights, festive evergreens and six large plant-based sculptures of pollinators. A gift store run by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden and local D.C. small business Rewild will offer a variety of botanically themed gifts for purchase in the Conservatory's West Gallery.
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001
Beginning this Saturday, you can stroll through DC’s most historic neighborhood to see jaw-dropping illuminated artworks. Georgetown GLOW is a holiday hit in the District, a celebration of holiday-themed artistry. Participants range from locally renowned to internationally celebrated, while their works gorgeously adorn outdoor spaces throughout Georgetown.
5-10 p.m. nightly | Free admission
DC Holiday Lights
Neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital are adorning their “main streets” with colorful lights in celebration of the holiday season. Additionally, vendors in each neighborhood will offer holiday specials and promotions to encourage local shopping. You can enjoy this holiday cheer in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street and Woodley Park, among other locales.
The Washington Ballet presents The Nutcracker
The Washington Ballet pulls out all the stops for this classic Christmas tale that features a special DC twist. The Russian ballet goes local thanks to a Nutcracker Prince in the likeness of George Washington and cherry blossom set designs. Set in historical 1882 Georgetown, you will be dazzled by an impressive roster of dancers and the beautiful Tchaikovsky score.
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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