The Weekender

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the nation’s capital! Whether you’re into cozying up with a cocktail or going out and about in the cold, there are so many holiday festivities to enjoy this weekend. We’ve got our top picks just for you!

Shine Bright | National Tree Lighting

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The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is the beginning of a three week Washington, DC Christmas tradition. Each year organizations from each state provide tree decorations for tree and it is amazing to see. The event is held rain or shine, and although the lottery for tickets is closed, you can watch it live here. Better yet, visit the tree from now until January 1st.


Celebrate the 21st | Repeal Day

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Celebrate the passage of the 21st Amendment – the repeal of prohibition! No better way to celebrate than enjoying libations with friends. Check out Jack Rose for an epic party with Prohibition-era cocktails and a Pappy Van Winkle happy hour (5-7:30pm). Feeling fancy? Celebrate instead in black tie at the Repeal Day Ball at the Carnegie Library. Tickets and more information can be found here.

The Nutcracker| Warner Theatre

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In the mood for tights and tutus? Enjoy an evening at the ballet! The Washington Ballet is performing Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker in a fantastic tribute to our nation’s capital. The Nutcracker will be at the Warner Theatre through December 23, tickets for the show can be purchased .


Hoppy Holidays | Drink the District

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Sample unlimited pours of more than 50 brews from breweries like Dogfish Head, Devil’s Backbone, Victory, and Sweetwater. Not only are there holiday hops, but you can also enjoy a live DJ & emcee, backyard games, and food trucks galore. Pick a session: 12-3pm, 4:30-7:30pm, or 9pm-12am. General admission is $40 and you can get tickets here.


Holiday Festival | Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian will host a two-day holiday festival, Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, at the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Castle. The festival will include concerts, Mars Chocolate demonstrations, family fun, festive food and hours of entertainment.


Parade of Lights | Alexandria Waterfront

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The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is a festive favorite in both Old Town DC as decorated boats light up the Potomac. With over 50 brightly lit boats, they compete in categories such as Best in Show and Best Thinking Outside the Christmas Box. The festivities are from 3 – 7 PM on the Alexandria Waterfront and the Torpedo Factory.


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