December 23rd-December 27th

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DECEMBER 23rd
 

Festivus Celebration!

The 20th year anniversary party! Our Feats of Strength will be measured on the stage with a world class Dueling Piano Show! And don't fret, a portion of your ticket sales will certainly be donated in your name to the Human Fund.

172 Fleet St | 7 pm | Tickets

Messiah Sing-Along

Be part of Washington's most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center's Messiah Sing-Along.

2700 F St NW | 6 pm | Tickets

Christmas Caroling at the Wharf

Join us for some Christmas cheer and caroling on the waterfront. Led by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, all are invited to participate in an evening of singing cherished holiday favorites.

690 Water St SW | 7pm

Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Celebrate the holidays with a portrait of Santa and your favorite pet while enjoying all the season has to offer on our patio. Warm up with seasonal food and drink specials for you and your best friend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties.

1430 Rhode Island Ave NW | 2 pm

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party 

Entrance is FREE! We are also teaming up with the Arlington Food Assistance Center, so PLEASE bring in food for donation during our UGLY SWEATER PARTY! 

3185 Wilson Blvd | 8 pm

Janine Gilbert-Carter Live

Come and join me along with Vince Smith, Emory Diggs, David B. Cole and Manny Kellough for and evening of Jazz and Blues.

1213 12th St NE | 6 pm 

 

DECEMBER 24th 

 

Joe Herrera & Rodney Richardson's "Holiday Party"

Rodney Richardson is a jazz guitarist and educator from the Washington, DC area who recently relocated to the great jazz city of Chicago, Illinois. 

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW | 7 pm | Tickets

Christmas with Choral Arts at the Kennedy Center

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to join the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an evening of enchanting Christmas music that will fill you with the joy of the season.

2700 F St NW | 1 pm | Tickets

Seven Fishes Dinner

Early notice, Christmas Eve we'll be having our "Seven Fishes Dinner" ... get in there early!

4926 St Elmo Ave | 5 pm

Christmas Eve Service

Join us for our candlelight service as we celebrate the birth of Christ!

1000 New Jersey Ave SE | 5 pm 

Special Christmas Eve Drag Brunch

We'll have TWO special Drag Brunch shows for anyone sticking around DC over the holiday--and your first mimosa or bloody mary is on us. Get your tickets before they're gone! 

900 U St NW | 10:30 am | Tickets

Water Skiing Santa

Join us at Alexandria's Old Town Waterfront to see the Waterskiing Santa and Frosty the Snowman along with the Jet Skiing Grinch along with many other.

251 N Union St | 1 pm

 

DECEMBER 25th 

 

Music for Christmas Day 

St Columba's Episcopal Church

4201 Albermarle St NW | 12pm

Oasis Christmas Candlelit Classes

Mind Your Body Oasis Yoga & Wellness Center

1750 Crystal Dr | 9am

Singing with the Sisters

Join the DC Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for a Monday night hymn sing or belt out a pop tune or a ballad or show tune with your friends.

1335 Green Ct NW | 9:30 pm 

D25 Day of Service Young Professionals Edition 

Join other young professionals this December 25th to deliver much-needed food packages and gifts to low-income, isolated seniors living in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Exact address will be emailed to those who register.

Columbia Heights | 10 am | Tickets

 

DECEMBER 26th

Kwanzaa Celebration: Nana Malaya Rucker "The Dancing Diplomat & Nubian" 

This exciting family program combines the masterful skills of dance, music, storytelling and more by Nana Malaya Rucker, "The Dancing Diplomat" with plenty of audience participation and African percussive instruments.

1812 Erie St SE | 11 am  | Tickets

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

At Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW | 8 pm | Tickets

Annual Umoja Candle-lighting Ceremony & Celebration by LCPAN

Annual Citywide Umoja Kwanzaa Celebration. Honoring the 51st Anniversary of Kwanzaa.

1908 North Capitol St NW | 6 pm

Holiday concert: 40 Thieves (Irish Rock)

Join the U.S. Botanic Garden for a festive evening of holiday music. 40 Thieves have established themselves as one of the best-loved Irish bands in the Metro DC area.

100 Maryland Ave SW | 6 pm | Tickets

 

DECEMBER 27th

Open Mic Night 

The Improv is proud to host an open mic night featuring local comics in our main showroom.

1140 Connecticut Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

District Snowflakes

Stay warm in our studio, while we take through the steps of the DC skyline covered in snow.

1728 Connecticut Ave NW | 7 pm | Tickets

Ace Hood 

Howard University Theater

620 T St NW | 8 pm | Tickets

Hometown Sounds presents Run Come See 

DC’s original source for homegrown music Hometown Sounds is really excited to present Run Come See for our December #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

2700 F St NW | 5:30 pm

Capital Classics: Casablanca

Hosted by Landmark's West End Cinema

2301 M St NW | 1:30 pm | Tickets

 

December 18th - December 22nd

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monday blues comedy at the bier baron tavern

Come out to The Bier Baron Tavern for a night of laughs with Laugh Buzz. Experience a stand-up set like never before. 

1523 22nd St NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

the game night before christmas 

The Pinch wants to invite you to their last game night of the year! Grab some drinks, some games, and lets say bye-bye to 2017.

3548 14th St NW | 7 pm

free hotdog buffet

You read right. 

2801 8th St NE | 5 pm

dojo comedy holiday sketch show 

3503 Georgia Ave NW | 8 pm | Tickets

new moon tarot night

Want to know what 2018 has in store for you?! Come out to Slash Run for burgers and readings.

201 Upshur St NW | 8 pm

songbyrd music trivia: tis' the season

Songbyrd is hosting a special music trivia! As always look out for food, drink, and vinyl specials accompanied with HOLIDAY MUSIC TRIVIA.

2477 18th St NW | 7 pm

 

december 19th

 

attack of the comics

Cake, dessert, raffles, drinks, great music during the final show at Sollys for the 2017 year!

1942 11th St NW | 8:30 pm

pizza and beer pairings

Come out for drink and pizza specials while you find your favorite pairings.

1250 9th St NW | 5:30 pm

a merry murder mystery

You are transported to Nakatomi Consulting’s annual Holiday Party and Secret Santa gift exchange. The guest who gives the best gift will be the hit of the party. The one with the worst gift might just end up dead.

1140 Connecticut Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

Military Appreciation Night at zoolights

On Dec. 19, military families are invited for an evening of special discounts at this year's ZooLights, powered by Pepco!

3001 Connecticut Ave NW | 5pm | 

 

december 20th

queen of hearts: the music of sade adu

3813 Georgia Ave NW | 8 pm

black card denied:  a comedy game show

A comedy show where comedians will have to answer a trivia question related to African American Culture. If they get it right, they move into a 10 minute comedy set. If they answer wrong, they have 7 minutes and can ask the audience for help. 

1100 13th St NW | 9 pm | Tickets

wednesday yoga and wine

Soapstone Market at 4465 Connecticut Ave NW  | 6 pm

draw: uptown workshop series

In this session, you'll look at still life and abstract pieces while learning new drawing tips and techniques.

3412 Connecticut Ave NW | 6:30 pm | Tickets

ugly sweater party and comedy night

2317 18th St NW | 8 pm | Tickets

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

101 MGM National Ave | 8 pm | Tickets

 

december 21st

the great british joke off

American dive bar comedy with a classy British twist. 

2323 18th St NW | 8 pm | Tickets

boozy bingo at rock n roll hotel

Boozybingo gives you a chance to win concert tickets, food, meal vouchers, drinks and more! Enjoy food and drink specials as you play.

1353 H St NE | 8 pm

comedy showcase night

As always, meet at the Upstairs Stage at Shenanigans for comedy and trivia.

2450 18th St NW | 8 pm

ugly sweater holiday homecoming party

Tacky, ugly, gaudy, whatever you want. Whip out your ugliest sweater and come out to celebrate the holidays with The Black Squirrel. There will be themed cocktails, goliday beers, food specials and music.

2427 18th St NW | 7 pm

december 22nd

 

hr of bad brains: the new gospel

2477 18th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets

a very daggy christmas

Featuring Crafty Daggers, Stylus Chris, Harry Hotter, Thomas Blondet, Double A.

1115 U St NW | 10 pm | Tickets 

mr. popper's penguin's

2700 F St NW | Multiple Times | Tickets

angel du$t with red death

1940 9th St NW | 6:30 pm | Tickets

Nick Cannon Presents: WIld 'n Out live!

601 F St NW | 9 pm | Tickets

the weird winter onesie party 

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa! Whatever you’re celebrating, we wish you a very sassy holiday season, and we really hope you’ll kick off the shenanigans with us. 

3165 Wilson Blvd | 10 pm 

Holiday reception at the embassy of france

It is almost time to close this year's Chapter. Let us get together and celebrate it in French Style. Please feel free to dress up in your holiday festive outfits. But it is not mandatory.

4101 Reservoir Rd NW, | 6pm | Tickets

 

Your DC Holiday Guide

Washington D.C becomes magical during the holidays. With fun pop ups, loads of holiday themed food menus and, of course,  dogs in sweaters. With the holiday season already creeping up on us, we've compiled a go-to guide for all of your holiday needs. Whether you're looking to find gifts for loved ones, gifts for yourself (yes, you deserve it) or you just want to get into the holiday spirit, we've got something for you! 

Food / Drink

 photo via BRIGHTESTYOUNGTHINGS

 photo via BRIGHTESTYOUNGTHINGS

miracle on 7th street

This 7th street spot is known for its fun, rotating pop up bars. From Super Mario brothers to cherry blossoms to Game of Thrones-- they're back at it again with Miracle on 7th Street. Sip on fun holiday inspired cocktails while grooving to seasonal tunes. *Tip*  Dress warm, because this spot is known for its lines to wrap around the block. This pop up runs until Christmas Eve and admission is free. 

1839-1843 7th St NW 

winterfest at wunder garten

I know what you might be thinking: "are you expecting me to sit on some beer garden's patio in December? No thanks."

Yeah, same here. But what if the patio is heated and has fire pits, blankets, and hot toddies? Mind changed. Wunter Garten invites you to enjoy photos with Santa, pop-up markets, DIY workshops, food and a Christmas tree lot all while hanging on their toasty patio sipping on winter brews. Winterfest runs until December 17th and admission is free.

1101 1st St NE

Shopping

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Downtown Holiday Market

After strolling through the American Art Museum, check out over 180 vendors whose booths surround the museum. Going for it's 13th year, the Downtown Holiday Market has everything from live music, to yummy foods, to gifts for your mom.

Noon to 8 pm daily. Running until December 23rd at 8th & F St NW. 

christkindlmarkt

The Heurich Museum invites guests for museum tours and intimate shopping experiences Friday evenings from 5-8 pm where guests can take self guided tours around the museum and enjoy the Mini Martks vendors. From December 1-3rd, you can catch the main Christkindl Market.

1307 New Hampshire Ave NW 

holly days at eastern market

This year, Eastern Market Main Street is happy to support and celebrate local businesses with The Holly Days! Businesses big and small encourage you to shop local and celebrate the season in this  historic DC corridor. The Holly Days shop runs through December 31st.

Eastern Market Main Street

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Ongoing EVENtS

national christmas tree

The Christmas tree will be lit every day from 4:30 pm - 10 pm at Presidents Park. It's free and you're welcome to check out the huge tree from 10 am - 10 pm starting December 1st. There will also be nightly entertainment! You can check out the fill list and schedule here.

 The White House 

zoo lights

Every year, the Smithsonian National Zoo shows off more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights that transform the zoo into a winter wonderland of lights! In addition to family friendly activities such as snow tubing, carousel rides, hot chocolate and s'mores stations there will be live music and more! This year, catch the CulturalDC's SPACE4 Mobile Art Gallery and the new Glow Zone! Enjoy Zoolight fun from 5-9 pm until January 1st. 

seasons greetings

This year, U.S Botanic Garden's display theme is roadside attractions. Catch the show as model trains chug around, below and throughout plant based recreations of iconic sights from around the United States. You can catch the model train show up until January 1st. 

100 Maryland Ave SW 

iceskating at the sculpture garden

From November 18th until March 11th, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Sculpture Garden whilst iceskating! Admission is $9 for adults plus $3.50 for skate rentals.

The National Gallery of Art

Georgetown glow 

Experience Georgetown with the sparkle of the holiday season. The 2017 Georgwtown Glow invites you to celebrate the season through outdoor public art. Installations will be throughout the Georgetown neighborhood where you can connect and play with each piece. GLOW runs from December 8th - January 7th from 5-10 pm daily.

Locations of the installations can be found here! 

national menorah lighting CEREMONY

On December 12th, grab your free ticket and check out the annual lighting of the National Menorah in front of the White House! Attended every year by thousands, this event has become the premier symbol of the festal of Chanukah. Tickets are free and are required for entrance!

The Ellipse | 3:45 pm | More Info / Tickets