Holiday season is here! Today, stop by the northeast corner of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza from 5:30-6pm for the 9th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting. the Capitol Hill BID’s “Men in Blue” will serve hot chocolate and doughnuts while Joyous Voices, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop‘s Suzuki Strings and the Washington Youth Choir perform your favorite holiday carols! Councilmembers Charles Allen and Elissa Silverman will be in attendance, and Kathy Didden will flip the switch to illuminate the tree that was planted to honor her late husband George Didden for his many contributions to the Capitol Hill community.
At Union Station, the wreaths, train decorations and Norwegian Christmas Tree are up through the 1st of January. The tree will be lit officially on Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in a celebration hosted by the Embassy of Norway.
On Wednesday, December 2, the US Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit in a ceremony at 5pm. Traffic is generally a mess around the Capitol, so take this as a warning for your evening commute. The tree stays up through New Year’s and is a beautiful sight to see in the evenings. Bonus: the holiday decorations are up at the US Botanic Garden with mini trains and some really cool models of D.C.’s famous landmarks made out of plants.
On Sunday, November 6, come back to the northeast corner of the Metro Plaza for the 2nd Annual Capitol Hill Community Menorah Lighting at 5pm. There will be hot chocolate, potato latkes, jelly doughnuts and festive Chanukah music as BID Past Chairman Paul Pascal illuminates the menorah that was dedicated to him in 2014 for his seven years of service as Chairman of the Capitol Hill BID.
Finally, since the week before Thanksgiving, the lovely window display at Coldwell Banker Capitol Hill, 605 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, has been aglow. Make a point to stop by, and feel like a little kid again.