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Outdoor Holiday Events!

Not to jinx it, but the weather seems to be on our side and it has not gotten too cold yet! Take advantage of this by checking out these neat outdoor holiday events!

Georgetown GLOW

December 11 – 20, 2015, 6-10 p.m, daily

Free to public

Various locations in Georgetown

Exhibition programs, maps and information booths will be available at Georgetown Park (3222 M Street/DSW Shoe entrance); Grace Church lawn (1041 Wisconsin Avenue), and Jefferson Court courtyard (1025 Thomas Jefferson Street at K Street).

 From the event’s website: “The neighborhood-wide public art exhibition will feature the work of local, regional and international light artists in public and privately-owned spaces. The site-specific works will use light in unique ways, transforming spaces along M Street, the Book Hill section on the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Washington Harbor, and in office building plazas south of M Street. In addition to the ‘stroll-able’ exhibition, visitors to Georgetown will see uniquely decorated windows as part of the 3rd annual Holiday Window Competition. Many merchants and restaurants will be running special holiday promotions throughout the weekend. Visitors will enjoy strolling carolers, live 30-minute outdoor musical performances each evening at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Avenue.”

For more information and specific locations of events or installations, please visit the event’s website or here

(photos from last year’s event)

Penn Quarter Holiday Market

November 27 – December 23, 2015; noon to 8 pm, daily

Free to browse the market, but item prices at stalls vary.

Located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery at 8th and F St, NW. Or, take the metro to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop on the green or yellow line

A great place to get those last minute family/friend/roommate/suck up to professor gifts! This fun Downtown DC Holiday Market offers seasonal outdoor shopping with a festive atmosphere. From the website: “The 11th Annual Downtown Holiday Market is located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW.Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.While you’re shopping, enjoy lively seasonal entertainment, plus great snacks and festive treats. Located across from the Verizon Center and convenient to Metro and nearby parking, the market is a creative and convenient way to fulfill all your holiday shopping needs right in the heart of Downtown.”

For specific exhibits and vendors, please click here and for specific performers and times, please click here.

The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace

Until January 1st, Tuesdays to Fridays, performances will generally start at 5 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, performances run from 1-8:30 p.m.


The Ellipse near The White House (The closest Metro stations to the White House are Federal Triangle, Metro Center and McPherson Square

Did you miss the main lighting of the tree this year? Never fear, because there are still fun things happening at this beautiful DC tradition! Seasonal displays include a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger. Musical performances by volunteer choirs, bands and dancers, will be held nightly through most of December. Make sure to follow the Pathway of Peace around the National Christmas Tree and view the state and territory trees with special handmade ornaments unique to each tree. Make sure to stop and watch the model trains travel around the base of the National Christmas Tree, a tradition that has been supported by volunteers for over 20 years.




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