Monthly Archives: December 2016

This Week in the DMV NYE 2017

This is a special New Year’s Eve post.  Sunday is Christmas and we will be celebrating at home with the family, but in one week we ring in the new year.  Here are some fun ways to get into 2017.

Attend a First Night Event

All around the DMV there are family friendly, first night events.  These can involve fireworks, music, and even running events.

Take in some fireworks

If you are looking for the classic NYE celebration, then check out the various public fireworks displays happening around the district.

Enjoy a Dining Special

Restaurants around the DMV are offering special deals for customers who ring in the new year with them.  See if any of your favorites have something going on.

Party at a Nightclub

Check out the guide for DC nightclubs if you want to dance your way into 2017.

Live it up at the MGM

Check out the recently opened MGM and party the night away in a casino.  They will have a live viewing of the ball drop in New York as well as great dining options.


This Week in the DMV 12/18/16

Christmas is just a week away, so hit up these Christmas events in the DMV before the season is over.


The National Zoo is all decked out for Christmas.  Indulge your wild side with an after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Bid good cheer to various animals on display (as well as Panda Claus). ZooLights runs until January 1st but will be closed on Christmas Eve and Day.

Downtown Holiday Market

Thanks to a rotating cast of crafters and vendors, hot coffee and sweets and holiday performances, this magical marketplace is worth multiple trips. Located at 8th and F Streets NW near the Verizon Center, the market holds down the area in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. At night, its bright lights bring Penn Quarter to life, providing a holiday spark to the neighborhood. But don’t worry, you can shop during the day too: The Market is open daily 12 – 8 p.m. through Dec. 23.

Checkout Georgetown GLOW

This stroll through DC’s most historic neighborhood will certainly make you light up as you pass by unique, illuminated artworks. Georgetown GLOW has proven to be such a hit that it runs until January 1st and goes from 6-10 p.m. A group of artists, from locally renowned to internationally celebrated, will display works in outdoor spaces throughout the neighborhood. Afterwards, wander through a winter wonderland at The Washington Harbor, one of our favorite places to ice skate in the District.

See the tree in the Library of Congress

Decking the Great Hall of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building each December, the tree can be visited from the First Street SE entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (the Jefferson Building is closed Sundays and on Christmas). We suggest you also read up on these frequently asked questions so you can properly explore the largest library in the world!

This Week in the DMV 12/11/16

People on the Move : Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

Now until January 8th.  At The Phillips Collection, Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series reunites all 60 panels (1940-41) in the series split between the Phillips and New York City’s MoMA, providing a chronicle of the 20th century diaspora of 6 million African Americans from the rural South to the urban Northeast. The exhibit provides expert analysis about the historical, literary, socio-cultural, aesthetic and contemporary manifestations of the resettling of so many individuals.

Miracle on Seventh Street

Now until December 31st.  It’s no secret that Derek Brown knows DC’s cocktail scene like the back of his hand. The famed mixologist’s trio of bars on 7th Street in Shaw – Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency – are decking the halls for year two of the Miracle on Seventh Street with more funky holiday decorations (think: a chandelier made of dreidels and more illuminated garland running the length of the bar). Cool down at this cocktail winter wonderland in one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods starting this Friday through Dec. 31 (concluding with a New Year’s Eve bash).

Giving in America

Now until December 31st.  The National Museum of American History unveils this philanthropy-focused exhibit just in time for the holiday season. Giving in America highlights four themes: “Who Gives?” “Why Do We Give?” “What Do We Give?” and “How Do We Give?” as well as “Sustainability and the Environment”. You’ll be able to see care-giving artifacts that date back to the 1800s and learn how you can help your community in 2017.

Deco Japan : Shaping Art and Culture, 1920 – 1945

Now until December 31st.  Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens showcases the affect that the art deco movement had on the culture of Japan, enriching the tradition-rich country’s creativity and ushering it into the post-World War II, Modern age. This will be the first time that Japanese art deco is displayed in DC, as visitors will have a chance to see sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, jewelry and furniture created in this distinctive manner that blends futuristic imagery with the classic Japanese style.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

Now until January 6th.  George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on Dec. 16 and 17, enjoy an incredible fireworks display along the Potomac River. Mount Vernon stays open every day of the year.


This Week in the DMV 12/6/16

A Christmas Carol

Now through December 31st.  Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace plays Ebenezer Scrooge. This annual production has been a Washington tradition for 35 years.Length: 2 hours with intermission.

“Civic Pride: Group Portraits from Amsterdam” Exhibit

Now until March 2017.  Painted during the Dutch Golden Age, these works bring to the nation’s capital a style of painting rarely seen outside the Netherlands. Two large-scale group portraits by artists Govert Flinck (1615–1660) and Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613–1670) depict the governors of the Kloveniersdoelen, the building where Amsterdam’s main militia companies held its meetings.

Muppets and Puppets

Now through January 8th.  This exhibit at the National Museum of American History will be an outstanding family activity during the holiday season. Muppets & Puppets gathers Muppets and marionettes that date as far back as 1900, as well as Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit from Capitan Kangaroo and the first Kermit created by Jim Henson.

Christmas Events at National Harbor

Now through January 1st.  An action-packed holiday schedule is the norm at National Harbor, a shopping, dining and amusement park-like landmark located just 20 minutes south of DC. Step inside the Gaylord National Resort for ICE! (through Jan. 1), an indoor winter wonderland featuring two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, ice slides, a live carving area and a unique retelling of the TV special Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Since you’re at National Harbor, you’ll also want to view the Christmas tree from atop the Ferris wheel, shop for gifts at the Tanger Outlets and experience unique weekend events like holiday markets, performances and movie screenings.

Madame Tussauds Toy Drive

Now through December 23rd.  The holiday season is here, and to celebrate, Madame Tussauds DC is giving a little something special to those who give!

To celebrate the giving spirit of the holidays, Madame Tussauds DC will be running a toy drive in support of Merlin’s charity Merlin’s Magic Wand. From November 25th through December 5th, guests will have the opportunity to donate to our charity drive for a discount on admission to Madame Tussauds DC!

  • Guests who donate toys will receive one (1) FREE child admission.

Please note that this discount is only available when you purchase tickets at the door and cannot be combined with any other offers, including online tickets.

So, what are you waiting for? Come on down to Madame Tussauds DC and spread some cheer this holiday season!

Christmas Through the Ages

Now through December 31st.  Just before Thanksgiving, Madame Tussauds will host its first ever Holiday celebration bringing the joyous season to life, one decoration at a time.

Take a journey through holiday history and celebrate the season with Madame Tussauds’ “Christmas through the Ages”! From George Washington to Barack Obama, get a firsthand look at how the presidents celebrated Christmas! Historically accurate period decorations help bring the history of the holidays to life!

There will definitely be a plethora of holiday spirit and decor for the whole family, so get your tickets today!

Spend the Holidays with Tudor Palace

Now through December 31st.  Georgetown’s historic house museum marks its bicentennial with a variety of holiday teas, candlelight tours and wreath workshops. You can also enjoy Deck the Halls: A Family at Christmas (Dec. 3), which allows families to explore the mansion, write a letter to Santa, sing with carolers, make Christmas crafts and nibble on holiday cookies. On Dec. 7, Tudor Place hosts Tudor Nights: Home for the Holidays, 1945, which transports visitors back to peacetime at the mansion in late 1945.


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