Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HwK's Washington, D.C. Holiday Guide

There are less than four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lots of people let the holidays take over their lives. All the merrymaking can lead to some negatives: feisty relatives, rowdy shoppers, upset tummies, terrible flight delays etc. etc.

To counteract the hard parts of the holiday season, I've compiled a list of things to do between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with an emphasis on free and a de-emphasis on shopping.

Let's start with Thanksgiving Weekend

Wednesday, November 26- Biggest Drinking Night of the Year
Republic in Takoma Park is hosting Friendsgiving a night of drinking, bar games, and Karaoke.

Thursday, November 27- Thanksgiving
I’m not going to impart any ideas on what to do for Thanksgiving. Everyone has their own special way to observe the holiday.

Friday, November 28th- Otherwise known as Black Friday
Resist the urge to shop, or if you do, go local.

Burn the Turkeyfat! Go on an early morning hike, the great thing about this area is you don’t have to go far, you just have to get up early to beat the crowds.
Have your friends over for a Thanksgiving leftovers party.

Saturday, November 29th- Small Business Saturday
It's Small Business Saturday. Etsy is having a nationwide Trunk Show. Head over to Union Market where Salt and Sundry is one of Etsy's featured boutiques and you can find beautiful pieces by DC-based jewelry designer Mallory Shelter.

Sunday, November 30th- Zoolights
The National Zoo's, Zoolights begins on Sunday. It's free and beautiful. If you can't go the first night, it lasts until January 1.

Tuesday, December 2- Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas
The First Airing of a Charlie Brown Christmas is at 8 PM on Tuesday, December 2. If you miss it you can see it again on Tuesday, December 16 at the same time.

The First Weekend of December
The first weekend of December is winter festival bonanza weekend in the Washington region. Don't be deterred by the plethora of options, just pick an event and go.

Saturday, December 6- Winterfest-palooza
Day-long Commitment: Middleburg holds its annual Christmas Parade.

Half Day Commitment: Alexandria’s has two events: the annual Scottish Christmas Walk and the early evening Alexandria Boat Parade
2-hour Commitment: The Swedish Embassy celebrates Saint Lucia Day at with a choir at 5 PM.

Sunday, December 7- Get your Christmas Tree On
This seems like a great day to pick out a Christmas Tree if you haven't done so already. Last year Union Market had a pop-up Tree sale. If that's going on again this year, I highly recommend going there for your tree.

Feeling like getting a tree is just too much? Whole Foods sells these wonderfully fragrant Rosemary trees and Johnson's will deliver your Christmas tree for you.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial
by Ocassions Catering
Tuesday, December 9- Gingerbread Decorating

When is the last time you made a gingerbread house? I think I was eight. And since I lived in Miami, where bugs can be a problem, my Mother made me put it in the refrigerator.
There will be a gingerbread decorating class at the Fairmont on Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm.

NPR's Jazz Piano Christmas 2010
Friday, December 12- Get your Holiday Jazz On

NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas, is at the Kennedy Center. If you want to go, get your tickets this very second.
Saturday, December 13- Makeup Winterfest Day

If you missed last week’s festival madness don’t worry, there is a Saint Lucia Festival in Potomac and a Russian Winter Festival at the Hillwood Museum. Saint Lucia Festival in Potomac.

Sunday, December 14- A Fresh Take on the Nutcraker Suite
The Momentum Dance Theater's annual hip hop rendition of the Nutcracker is showing at 3:00 PM at Wilson High School.  

Saturday, December 20- Capitol Christmastime
Check out the National Botanic Garden Christmas display in the late afternoon, then take an early evening stroll to see the National Christmas tree. Polish off your holiday fun with burgers at Good Stuff or if you are sans children go to Sonoma for some merriment.

Sunday, December 21- Ice Skating!
LET’S GO ICE SKATING! If you want to combine skating with shopping then I highly the rinks at either Pentagon Row or Georgetown are for you. If you don't care for shopping then the Sculpture Garden's rink is a great bet.

Ice skating not for you? Culinaire has a holiday cookie class scheduled on  Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, December 24- Christmas Eve

Mount Vernon is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The National Cathedral has two beautiful Christmas Eve services at 5:00 and 10:00 PM. Just be sure to get your passes ASAP.
Thursday, December 25- Christmas Day

Christmas time is here! I hope you are in good cheer. Hug your family members, open gifts, eat good food, enjoy a movie.
Don’t celebrate Christmas? Enjoy the day off, make reservations somewhere delicious, and here is the Washington Post's holiday movie guide.

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