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22 Wonderful Things To Do In Washington DC This December

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National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

‘Tis the season of giving!

And in the spirit of the season, we wanted to gift you with what we know how to do best — Unveiling the coolest things to do in DC! December and the holidays are certainly looking a bit different this year, but there’s still plenty of merry and bright things to do about town. So without further ado here are twenty wonderful things to do in Washington DC this December!

1. Watch the National Tree Lighting Ceremony

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Save the date Washingtonians! The 98th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place on Thursday, December 3. However, it will be taking place without an audience. At least we’ll be able to watch the whole ceremony online and won’t have to deal with the annual christmas tree lighting traffic jam!

2. Or head over to the National Harbor to catch the Holiday Light Show.

The Harbor’s nightly holiday tree light show will take place every night all the way through January 3. Those wishing to bask in the cheerful holiday display of the 56-foot tree and two million twinkling lights can stop by any day of the week. The show will be taking place Monday through Sunday every half an hour starting at dusk until 9 pm.  Just remember to keep your distance and wear a mask at all times.

3. Get your Christmas Tree!

Where to find Christmas Trees DC

It’s the most wonderful time of the year yet again and while holidays may be looking a bit different this year, there’s nothing quite like a freshly-cut Christmas tree and the scent of pine to help make things a bit easier. While cases continue on the rise here in the District, the National Christmas Tree Association has issued new guidelines to keep Christmas tree hunting safe during the pandemic.

4-5. Go on a mystery picnic through Georgetown and Foggy Bottom

These self-guided picnics are perfect for a day full of adventure and amazing food. Start off by getting your basket and make your way through Georgetown or Foggy Bottom (you can select the area of your choice after purchase) as you solve clues and riddles to pick up your picnic food bit by bit. Each clue will get you closer to the final stunning secret destination where you’ll get to enjoy all the picnic bites and gourmet goodies you picked up along the way. The tours usually take 3-4 hours and are the perfect covid-friendly experience to get lost in!

6-7. Pop into a jolly holiday pop-up!

The enchanting Miracle pop-up is back for the season with a new location and we’re so-ho-ho-ho excited! Known for its kitschy holiday décor and well-crafted cocktails, the popular holiday pop-up has returned for another season of holiday spirits. Head on over to Miracle at Death Punch for a totally Christmas feast or check out its tiki-inspired sister, Sippin’ Santa at DC’s very own tiki bar Archipelago!


8. Visit Downtown’s Holiday Market.

Downtown Holiday Market

This year, the 16th Annual Downtown Holiday Market will host more than 70 vendors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses selling holiday gifts, ornaments and more. The market has also partnered with  ARTECHOUSE DC to launch a first-of-its-kind interactive Mixed Reality Activation adventure that shoppers can use with their smartphones and that will unveil all kinds of secret Instagrammable surprises!

9-10. Hang out with some furry friends.

Brewski's Barkhaus Opening Soon In Alexandria
Photo: Brewski’s Barkhaus

Cat lovers already have two purrific hangouts in DC to meet up with the cutest floofters in town, so it’s only fair dog lovers got their own go-to place too. If you’re a pooch lover who’s barking mad for dogs, you best pop the champagne because DC finally has its very own Dog Bar! Located near Potomac Yard, Brewski’s Barkhaus,  has been designed as part dog park, part restaurant & bar.

11. Dine in Valhalla.

Hook Hall Viking Village DC

Valhalla on Earth exists and it’s right on Georgia Ave, except you might know it as Hook Hall. This giant bar in Park View is going all out to keep you warm this pandemic-winter season and what better way to do that than by channeling your inner Norseman? — Or woman, they were pretty badass too. Just head on over to Hook Hall and cozy up by the fire in one of their viking huts while enjoying endless pints of beer, hot cocktails and of course some hearty turkey legs!

12. Get whisked away to the Swiss Alps

Photo: Instagram / @stable_dc

We might not be able to travel to Europe this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get a taste of its magical winter season. Stable, DC’s very own Swiss restaurant has finally reopened to the public and its brand new “ski chalets” have us dreaming of a cozy, gourmet trip to the sprawling Swiss mountainside. While wrapped in holiday décor, you’ll be able to enjoy a slew of mouthwatering Swiss specialties including venison with spaetzle, veal Zurich style with potato rösti, champignons and a cream sauce, and of course the traditional Swiss fondue and Raclette.

13. Cozy up in an igloo by the water.


What better way to celebrate the colder weather than by running away from it and sheltering under one Watergate Hotel’s totally enchanting igloos? The hotel’s Next Whisky Bar has officially inaugurated its winter season by installing incredibly cute snow globes out on the patio and we’re all about igloo dining now.


14. Dine in an adorable little greenhouse.

Looks like Eastern Shore’s Inn at Perry Cabin is taking a cue from Amsterdam and is taking outdoor dining to a whole new, socially distanced level. This resort located in St. Michael’s, MD, has set up adorable greenhouses throughout its property to make socially-distanced dinners all the more charming and intimate!

15. Catch the National Zoo’s holiday light show on wheels!


Talk about letting the imagination run wild– or should we say roll wild in this case. The National Zoo has reimagined its famous holiday extravaganza, ZooLights, and its taking it on the road across the District to make sure everyone gets a little taste of holiday magic. Click here to see when the ZooLights truck is coming to your ward!

16. Support local businesses.

Big corporations will, most likely, survive the pandemic without the help of our shopping, so why not help out small businesses in your local small businesses instead, especially the black-owned ones, which are the demographic hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic?

17. Re-watch your favorite holiday classics.

Last month it was announced that the Charlie Brown holiday specials would not be airing on network TV this year. Apple TV+ had just signed a deal with the Peanuts brand and production companies, giving it exclusive streaming rights for Peanuts classics, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

18.Delve into some fantastic fall-inspired frozen drinks at Electric Cool-Aid

Electric Cool-Aid Pumpkin Spice Slushies

Yes, fall is now ove and grabbing frozen cocktails in an open-air patio while the temperatures keep dropping might not sound very appealing. But hear us out. There are at least three reasons why you should visit Electric Cool-Aid right now, and its their pumpkin-spice frozen and honey bear cocktails which are the bee’s knees, its awesome rotating food trucks and, yes, the outdoor heaters.

19.Try your hand at axe-throwing

Kick-Axe Throwing in Ivy City is a total lumberjack heaven offering its visitors the opportunity to eat, drink and, while at it, hurl some axes around in a lodge-like setting.  If you’ve never been axe throwing, you need not fret. All hatchet hurling sessions at Kick Axe start with a 10-15 minute lesson with one of their “axeperts” who will teach you the basics and stay with you to help and keep score during your time in the range.

20. Delve into a whole new culinary world at Bold Fork Books

The popular Pear Plum Café in Mt. Pleasant may have closed its doors, but an equally appetizing option has opened in its stead. Bold Fork Books, DC’s only bookstore entirely dedicated to the culinary arts, has taken up the torch of providing locals with some of the best-baked goods in town, albeit in the shape of recipes.

21. Journey to a calm, glowing concert at this upcoming piano performance.

This December, the popular Fever Originals Candlelight series is bringing you an elegant classical music concert that you can experience right from the comfort of home!

On Saturday, December 19 you’ll be whisked away to a magical concert by über-talented pianist Franck Laurent-Grandpré, who will be playing a curated selection of beloved classical numbers via livestream. Trained at the Conservatories of Geneva, Lyon and then Paris, Franck is one of the most talented pianists of his generation. Performing in many renowned festivals, competitions and galas across Europe, Franck is known for his unique improvisational freestyle.

22. Plan your next city escape! 

Getaway.house DC

Feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city? If city living has gotten a bit intents or you’re just looking to get lost in the wild for a bit, we may have just found the perfect spot for you! Getaway House is a chain of tiny cabin hideaways helping people in big, bustling cities like DC, Boston, LA and NYC,  disconnect from their busy city lives.