03 Dec 2021

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The To Do List: Week of December 3, 2021

Happy December! Can you believe there are less than 29 days left in the year? Hope that despite e v e r y t h i n g, you still have managed to enjoy your health, your loved ones, your neighborhood and all the things in between. What’s going on?

Happy sixth night of Chanukah! Lovely, evocative capture by @jessshesings via our hashtag #thehillishome. Tag us for a chance to be featured.

It’s the holiday season and DC holidays HARD. This week’s list has fun holiday ideas as well as a few one-of-a-kind events for you to enjoy. Looking for an evening walk to enjoy the lights? The #LightUpTheHill map is starting to get populated with cheer. Check it 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!

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:

  • This weekend, Bettie the Yeti will be spreading mirth and posing for photos! Cult arts fair GRUMP is letting Eastern Market borrow their adorable mascot. Look for her on Saturday and Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • On Sunday, December 5, catch incredible, wacky and FUN act Bananas over Bananas, LLC. Check her out on Instagram!
  • December 11 and 12, the Roaming Santas are coming to town! Drop in for pictures and merriment! That will also be Golden Ticket weekend: Be the lucky purchaser at several vendors around the market and you can get a Golden Ticket that you can exchange for a gift basket, with goodies from Hero Heads, Antiochia and more!
  • The Night Market is coming December 10 and 17! From 4-9 p.m., take a stroll around the Eastern Market area, shop, dine and enjoy the Market’s later hours.

Do you care about men’s health, good food and great beers? The H Street Movemberfest Pig Roast is back in person this year on December 4! The event, which seeks to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer as well as the higher incidence of suicide among men, is a bargain. For only $65 per person, you get all-you-can-eat food and drink! For more info and tickets, click here. If you want to support Lee’s fundraiser and can’t make it to the pig roast, click here.

Celebrate the joy of Christmas at Capitol Turnaround this weekend! The Christmas Village will pop up on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cocoa, activities, a skate-less ice rink and more await you! For more info, click here.

The District’s Holiday Boat Parade is on December 4 from 6-9 p.m.and you are invited! The boats will parade and there will be an incredible fireworks display at the end. The show is free and no registration is required unless you’d like your boat to be part of the parade; if so, click here to register.

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 will kick off on Wednesday, December 8! At 6 p.m., prepare to see the trees lighting up as you cozy up with some hot cocoa or mulled wine for the adults. For the whole programming, click here.

If you are one of those sweet lambs for whom Christmas cannot get here fast enough, you can now buy tickets to Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park. The dazzling light display and Christmas light maze follows the adventures of the Mischievous Elf. Enchant Christmas kicks off November 26 and tickets start at $29 per child. For more information click here, and to get tickets, click here. Afterward, you can warm up at Tap 99 and pick up something sweet and delicious for the little ones at Kilwin’s.

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 opened on Wednesday and will continue 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.

Tune in to a Folger Theater Shakespearean talk show with actor Craig Wallace on Wednesday, December 8, starting at 5 p.m. Wallace is playing at Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater through December 27. More info on the Shakespearen talk show here.

Consider shopping for your holiday presents early. COVID-19 has messed around globally with supply chains so the earlier you get your orders in, the better. We recommend two local portals to help you with your shopping: Districtly Local and Shop in the District. By the way, our friend Leah at Hill’s Kitchen is now open on Mondays, through Christmas Eve.

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

Looking for a job or know someone who’s looking one? Safeway is having a career fair this Saturday at all their stores, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Complete your application here.


The Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, 914 Massachusetts Avenue NE, is having a Christmas Open House on the Hill on Friday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 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.

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.

Ever wanted to bid at an auction? Wechsler’s is now all virtual and their next Capital Collections auction is happening Saturday, December 10 here.

The Living Room Comedy Show is coming at you from a *secret location* near Eastern Market on Saturday, December 11. Comedy AND mystery all in one! The location will be revealed with proof of purchase and you must be masked and vaccinated to attend. Tickets and more info 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.
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