Hand-Picked Guide to Washington DC - Next 7 Days (Dec8-Dec14)


HighRoad Hostel's team has hand-picked these happenings in and around Washington, D.C.  Check them out and let us know what you think!  (Photo credit: Washington Post)


Thursday 12-8

  • Wine and Design at the National Postal Museum - Kick back after a hard day of work with complimentary wine or beer and leave with a unique mail-related product.  $11.50.  Get more info and RSVP here: http://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html#/?i=1  Location: 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

  • Candlelight Tour - Visit Tudor Place for a historical Christmas celebration. Experience the elegant mansion, set to Christmas 1945, on a holiday tour lit by candlelight. Pause for warm cider and home front refreshments inspired by 1945 war rationing, then don vintage fashions in our photo booth. 6:30 @ 1644 31st Street, NW | $10 |  [Book quickly - tickets selling fast]

  • After Hours at the National Gallery of Art: Spend an evening at the Gallery! Enjoy works of art, film, music by local artist and DJ Adrian Loving, and an original modern dance piece by DEVIATED THEATRE directed by Enoch Chan and choreographed by Kimmie Dobbs Chan. 4th Street NW @ 6pm |FREE|

Friday 12-9

  • Georgetown Glow: Experience the sparkle of the season at the 3rd Annual Georgetown GLOW, the region's only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. Set against the historic backdrop of DC's oldest neighborhood, it's a whole new way to shine.  (FREE!)  6PM-10PM

  • Chocolate Tasting Class - (Ok, its more than learning how to taste chocolate...!)  This 90-minute class at the Chocolate House in Adams Morgan will teach you the rich history of chocolate, the cultivation of theobroma cacao, and the process behind manufacturing artisan and fine chocolate.  Tickets and more information are available here: http://www.thechocolatehousedc.com/classes--events.html

Saturday 12-10

  • Silent Disco at Georgetown Glow - As part of the Georgetown BID's outdoor light-art exhibition, Georgetown GLOW 2016, Art Soiree is hosting a Silent Disco next to one of this year’s light art installations—'On the Wings of Freedom' by Aether & Hemera. (FREE!)

  • DC Santa Crawl - Holiday themed pub crawl across the district!  2PM-10PM.  Tickets and more information are available here: http://dcsantacrawl.com/  Comes with a refillable signature Santa mug!  At your own risk!   

  • Live Ice Sculpting - Guests of CityCenterDC will be treated to a glittering ice gallery with over 20 unique fashion themed ice sculptures, live DJ set, and a live ice carving demonstration.  Shoppers will be able to warm up with hot cocoa and hot cider, compliments of CityCenterDC, while enjoying holiday music, browsing the glittering ice gallery and shopping the vast array of CityCenterDC boutiques.  (FREE!). 12PM-5PM.

  • Gingerbread House Decorating Party - Come to the Cork Market and Tasting Room to craft your own gingerbread house! And then eat it, of course.  Sessions at 11:30 and 3:30.  Tickets and more information are available here: http://www.corkdc.com/#classes/gingerbread-party

Sunday 12-11

  • The Nutcracker - Come see the Washington Ballet perform the classic show set in Georgetown at 2PM.  Tickets and more information are available here: https://www.washingtonballet.org/performance/2016-2017-season/nutcracker

  • Joy of Christmas Concert - The National Cathedral is putting on a festive concert including carol sing-alongs of holiday favorites.  Tickets and more information available here - http://cathedral.org/what-to-do/concerts/

  • Gingerbreadpalooza - Follow the gumdrops to Tudor Place this holiday season for a family gingerbread house-crafting palooza! Enjoy storytime and a quick guided tour of the festively-decorated historic mansion, and then design your own candy-covered house at this family-friendly “gingerbread” workshop.  Tickets and more information are available here: http://culturecapital.com/event/49652/gingerbreadpalooza 

Monday 12-12

Tuesday 12-13

Wednesday 12-14

  • Washington Wizards Game - Watch the DC basketball team trounce the Charlotte Hornets at the Verizon Center. Tickets available here: link

  • Musicians from Marbolo Concert Series: Young virtuosos from the venerable Marlboro Music Festival return to the FreerǀSackler series to perform music by Schubert, Haydn, Reger, and Schumann.  7:30PM


Ongoing Events


  • ZooLights: More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!   Every night from 5-9pm @ 3001 Connecticut Ave NW  (FREE) https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights

  • Holiday Market: Celebrating its twelfth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.  This year the Downtown Holiday Market will open Friday, November 25, and will run continuously through Friday, December 23.  Hours will be from Noon to 8 pm each day between 7th & 9th St NW. (FREE) http://downtownholidaymarket.com/

  • Ice Skating in the Sculpture Garden -  Admission is $8.50, skate rental is $3.  Open 10AM-9PM Monday-Thursday; 11AM-11PM Friday and Saturday, 11AM-9PM Sunday.