17 Dec 2021

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The To Do List: Week of December 17, 2021

Hey there. Are you having a little trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Don’t despair. Wear your mask, wash your hands, be safe when going indoors and take a walk around the neighborhood. Find something magical with the help of our #LightUpTheHill map and feel the magic of winter in your heart– even if you don’t quite feel it on your skin.

Get into the holiday spirit with the Free Little Art Gallery! Use our hashtag #thehillishome for a chance to be featured.

Support our beloved local landmark, Eastern Market! There are fun things coming weekends in December, in addition to the year-round vendors and the incredible inside vendors. Do your holiday shopping locally and support independent arts, artists, crafters and local makers. The Night Market is happening right now! Today through 9 p.m., take a stroll around the Eastern Market area, shop, dine and enjoy the Market’s later hours. Eastern Market Main Street is also hosting a Silent Disco, so GO GO GO!

The Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, 914 Massachusetts Avenue NE, is having a Christmas Open House on the Hill on Sunday, December 19 at 2 p.m. In addition to offering tours of the beautiful building, you can also enjoy caroling, gingerbread and cookies, a Christmas tree lighting and more! For more details and to RVSP, click here.

Need to find a reason to keep going? The Miracle Theatre is showing It’s a Wonderful Life this weekend. More info/tickets here.

The United States Botanic Garden holiday display is open through January 2. The display has a maze of trains zooming all over the place and also has different agricultural dioramas created by Applied Imagination, which has done their displays for over 15 years. Make sure you check our Robert’s photos, should you need to whet your appetite. For more information, click here.

Ice rinks are open! Here’s a list of the closest ones: 

  • The ice rink at The Wharf will stay open through February. More info here.
  • Canal Park’s rink is also open but they only take reservations this year. More info here.
  • The ice rink at the Sculpture Garden is one of those DC hallmarks that we missed last year (even if we just watch others while drinking cocoa). The rink will stay open through March of 2022. I’d join you, but I treasure my coccyx. More info here.

Speaking of Canal Park, that’s where 12 Days of Capitol Riverfront kicked off on December 8! Tomorrow, catch a Jingle Jam at Capital Turnaround! More details here.

Support local art and artists! Capitol Hill Art League‘s new members have a show running through January 7, 2022 at Frame of Mine and online by clicking here.

Light Yards at Yards Park is on every evening, 6-10 p.m., through January 1, 2022! The glowing art installation, made again by Australian firm Amigo & Amigo and crafted locally in Baltimore, features 22′ tall trees, trimmed with radiant cheer. More info here. You can also find Light Yards in our #LightUpTheHill map!

Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park opened November 26 and will continue through January 2, 2022. The dazzling light display and Christmas light maze follows the adventures of the Mischievous Elf. Tickets start at $29 per child. There are concessions by local favorites such as Ben’s Chili Bowl. For more information click here, and to get tickets, click here.

WINTERFEST is popping up at Wunder Garden in NoMa from December 3 (today!) through December 23. There are so many fun events, plus you can get your holiday tree for a good cause. More info and tickets here.

If you’re looking for an early or mid-week thing to do, why not catch a live show? If you’re not totally comfortable, make sure you check the vaccination requirements at the venue through DC Music Live

The Downtown Holiday Market runs from noon to 8 p.m. every day through December 23 (except December 6). Enjoy local arts and crafts, performances, and the feeling of joy and merriment as the city transforms into a holiday wonderland. To check out the full list of makers and activities, visit downtownholidaymarket.com

If you love holiday-themed businesses, check out Eastern Market Main Street’s festively decorated storefronts for The Holly Days. Check the map and the stores out here.

Help our friends at Lola and Pear make their holiday book drive a success! You pick the charity and the books and Lola and Pear takes care of the rest! Their books drive benefits neighbors from Potomac Gardens, Hopkins Apartment, the Children’s Cancer Fun and Martha’s Table. Click here to buy and donate books!


If you’re a Catholic or Catholic-at-heart and want to have a more mystical and contemplative Christmastide, take the time to visit The Basilica. On December 24, they will start with a vigil mass at 4:30 and segue into a choral meditation at 9 p.m. They are also broadcasting online, if you’d rather experience your devotion that way. More info and links here.

Want a novel way to spend the holidays? Why not book a reservation for a boat ride along the Potomac? Have togetherness, great food and dancing with a City Cruise! For more information, click here.


Tired of dating apps and getting set up on blind dates? Why not try The Matzoball! The large party and speed dating event, which is geared toward Jewish singles but everyone is invited to attend, will take place on December 24 at Decades. More info and tickets here.

Looking for Christmas dinner? Belga Café has a festive six course Christmas eve dinner menu for $125 per person, plus Chef’s wine pairing is available for $75 per person. More info here.

Looking for a New Year’s Eve plan? The Betsy is available for private party space! Interested? Email rinata@belgacafe.com.

Or how about the Blind Pig Speakeasy at Barrel? 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., $130 per person, the most amazing-sounding buffet, open bar. More info and tickets here.

Don’t forget to wave farewell to the year at Yards Park! Noon Yards is a new annual tradition where you can ring in the New Year 12 hours early with crafts, fun and merriment for the whole family. More info here.

And if you want to start 2022 with some pep in your step, sign up for the Fit DC Fresh Start 5K on New Year’s Day at Anacostia Park. For more information click here. You can pick up your race packet at several locations or on race day. 
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