The leaves are almost all gone and there is a chill in the air– and some people are already decorating for the holidays, which is just bananas but also heartwarming and adorable. Shine on, you crazy holiday diamonds! What is there to do this weekend?
First off, if you’re planning to order our, eat out or cater this Thanksgiving, or if you need to order your turkey, you’d better get on that. We have a guide to help you out here.
Second: Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday and our local businesses have a sweet surprise for you: Better Together! Shop at participating businesses and get a $5 certificate to another participating business, as a thank-you for your support. How sweet is that? More info here.
TREE LIGHTINGS IN THE AREA
Nothing says holidays like decked-out trees. In our area, three notable ones:
- Capitol Hill BID tree at Eastern Market Plaza: November 26, 5:30 p.m. Info
- Capitol Christmas Tree at the West Front: November 26, time TBA. Info
- Norwegian Christmas Tree at Union Station: November 28, 6-9 p.m. Info
The United States Botanic Garden holiday exhibit is back! The joyful and trainful display runs from November 24 through January 2, 2023, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except for Christmas Day. The indoor displays are beautiful DC landmarks made entirely out of plants, while the outdoor train displays highlight farming across the world. You can plan your visit here.
Skating at Canal Park is open! Go get your skate on, snow bunnies. More info here.
Are you ridiculously excited about the World Cup? Sure, there are bits about it that are problematic (the slave labor, the imminent threat to LGBTQ+ fans, the usual), but IT IS THE WORLD CUP! Locally, you can catch the fun at Belga Cafe: They will be broadcasting the Red Devil games so you can watch and get your moules et frites on. Click here to RSVP.
Want to watch England Vs. USA with like-minded blokes? The Queen Vic is showing the November 25 game and you can RSVP here.
Wunder Garten also has a hefty share of games. Want to get your Welsh on? You can. Want to cheer the Socceroos? Yeah! Click here for their entire line-up of matches, starting with the kick-off match where host Qatar squares off against Ecuador, Tuesday, November 22 at 11 a.m. Tickets for that first game can be found here.
Local songstress Laura Tsaggaris is having a very special show at The Miracle Theater and you’re invited! The Get in the Mood Holiday Show is happening Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Get tickets here and take a listen at “Get in the Mood” here.
The day after Thanksgiving, why not learn more about Native American traditions? On November 25, at 11 a.m., 1:30 pm, 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.The National Museum of the American Indian will have a worship on the meaning and the history of hoop dancing with five-time hooping champion Tony Duncan. More info here.
Also on November 25, Enchant Christmas kicks off at Nationals Park. A new story emerges and you can be part of it! For more info and tickets, click here.
Did you know the U. S. Capitol holds Capitol Conversations on weekdays at 1 p.m.? These virtual sessions are informative and fun–– a neat opportunity to learn something new while you eat your lunch. Register for Capitol Conversations here.
On Wednesday evenings, make it trivia! Two Girls Trivia runs a quiz at Fight Club starting at 7 p.m. You can also catch them at Biergarten Haus on Tuesday evenings. For more information and quiz hints, check out their Twitter, @twogirlstrivia.
Every Thursday, Kelly’s Irish Times has comedy! The Batting Cage Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. More info here.
Want to support CHAW? Then buy a digital print here so that you can keep tuition programs free for those who need them.
Hey, have you gotten your COVID booster and your flu shot? No? Well, cross that off your list this weekend! Click here to find where you can get it.
Reminder: DPW is picking up leaves starting this week. Make sure you can push your leaves into your tree box as much as possible– especially ahead of the rains this weekend. Check the brochure here to give yourself an idea of when they may be dropping by your house.
The Downtown Holiday Market is back on November 18 and if you’ve never been, make sure you stop at least once between the start and December 23 at 8 p.m. All kinds of incredible local and regional makers descend upon F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets. There are treats and performers as well! The market is open every day, except for Thanksgiving day and December 5. More info here.
A new interactive experience is coming to Rhode Island Center, the space right off Rhode Island Avenue Metro, where the Van Gogh exhibit was earlier this year. The experience is called DINOS ALIVE and it looks like it’s gonna be a great hit for the younger set (and their tired, devoted parents). It’s a lot of fun, and the Dinos look amazing. Guaranteed wows from even the most jaded of kiddos. Get tickets here.
Light Yards is back to Yards Park on December 1 and through January 1, every night 5-10 p.m. Another beautiful, glowing installation by Amigo & Amigo will set the darkness aglow with Swinging Bells, a set of 13-foot bells interspersed with interactive swings, complimented by the sound of bells filling the wintry air. A perfectly ‘grammable setting for selfiying, hugging and perhaps kissing, before you grab a bite along the waterfront More info here.
On December 2, buy your tree and greenery at Miner Elementary! While you’re at it, pick up some delicious baked goods. The fun for a good cause starts at 9 a.m. and goes through 2 p.m. The proceeds of the sales benefit Miner, Payne Elementary and Eliot-Hine Middle School. For more info click here.
Incidentally, if you want to make sure all families have a happy and full pantry year-round, you can donate to the Eliot-Hine Parent Teacher Organization this Thanksgiving through Venmo (@Eliot-Hine-PTO) or PayPal (@EHPTO) and indicate “Community Pantry” in the note field.
On December 3, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is having a special pop-up shop featuring several artists belonging to the Capitol Hill Art League. From noon to 4 p.m., check out and buy art for the loved ones on your list! You can purchase cards, photography, paintings and more.
Walk a little farther south and visit Capital Turnaround as it transforms into the Christmas Village at Capital Turnaround! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy the Santa Train, a skate-less indoor skating rink, crafts, hot cocoa and so much more! For more information, click here and then click under December 3.
And on December 4, enjoy Check Hamala Diabate in concert at the Hill Center. Diabate is a griot– a storyteller in the West African tradition– and his playing and singing are just incredibly fun and energetic. More info here.
Also on December 4, Chanukah LEGOLAND is the mix of two flavors you didn’t know you needed in your life. Help the little ones get excited for the Festival of Lights with everyone’s favorite construction toy brick at the Northeast Library. (And they’ll have a LEGO menorah!) Sign up early here.
The Stuart Hobson Drama Players are back with another incredible production. This time around, they will be staging The Lion King! Come watch these talented middle schoolers December 9-11 at the Stuart Hobson Auditorium, 4th and E NE. Tickets
Get a dose of wonderful, richly varied Christmas music with the Folger’s A New World Christmas, December 9-11. You can attend in person at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and purchase tickets here or you can get online access for a suggested donation.
Can’t get enough of craft fairs and don’t mind a little driving or MARCing? Samesies! Mark your calendar for the Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap on December 10 in Baltimore. More info? Click here.
Want to get a Christmas tree and help the Friends of the National Arboretum? Then check this link out and deck the halls for a good cause!
Want a fun plan on Christmas Eve where you may meet a significant other? This year’s Matzoball is happening at Decades, starting at 9 p.m. Sure, the focus is on Jewish singles, but maybe you want a little matzo magic in your life, gentiles! More info here.