09 Dec 2021

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The To Do List: Week of December 9, 2021

The calendar may say autumn, but the temperatures say winter! What’s fun to do out there?

Union Station Wreath, Winter 2021
An unusual and pretty angle of an old and true friend. Lovely holiday capture by @emzilee via our Instagram hashtag #thehillishome. Tag us for a chance to be featured!

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. Want to be part of it? Send an email to info@thehillishome.com with your address so I can add it to the map!

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!

While we’re in the donating spirit, help Naval Lodge No. 4 with their Winter Clothing Drive on Saturday, December 11. Bring new or gently used coats and blankets and NEW socks and undies/bras to 330 Pennsylvania Avenue SE between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make sure the coat is something you would wear and not something you were just going to throw away, ok? The drive will benefit SOME– So Others Might Eat.

On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11, Crazy Aunt Helen’s is venturing into the exciting realm of dinner theater with “Elf in the Rear Window,” a holiday thriller mashup. Seating at 8, show at 9, and your vaccination is required for an RSVP. The performance is PG and lasts approximately 70 minutes. More info and tickets 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. 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.

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 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.
  • 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 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.

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! There is still plenty of programming this week and next, like a drive-in movie and caroling: click here.

The Tune Inn is having their holiday party on Thursday, December 16 from 6-9 p.m. $40 per person, cash at the door. There will be beer, wine, house liquor, appetizers and merriment.

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.

Ginkgo Gardens is having their Holiday Sale! ALMOST EVERYTHING is at least 25% off and you’re gonna flip because everything at Gingko is awesome. More info 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

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.

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.


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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