23 Incredible Things To Do In DC This January

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23 Incredible Things To Do In DC This January

Goodbye and good riddance 2021! The new year has finally arrived and it’s time to set some new goals for 2022, like having even more fun in the District. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most amazing and fun things to do in Washington DC this January. Start with the right foot and check these out!

1. Enjoy a magical, candlelit concert in a stunning DC setting

You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) winter here in Washington DC, and part of that is thanks to the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful venues for the season. Book your tickets here.

2. Try out some mouthwatering Guatemalan street-style hot dogs

Nim Ali

Ran by Chefs Karla Alonzo and her wife Rosario Guzman, Nim Ali’s the first to sell Guatemalan street food in the DC area, and oh how glad are we that they’ve decided to do so. Traditional Guatemalan hotdogs, known as Shukos, come in delightfully toasted buns loaded with meat (sausage or chorizo), guacamole, ketchup, mayo and mustard but at Nim Ali, they’re taking them to a load new level. While there is an original Shuko on offer at Nim Ali, it’s their meat-loaded Chingón Shuko that’s getting all the attention.

3.Take a stroll through one of DC’s hidden gems


Somewhere in between Woodland Park and Cleveland Park lie 20 acres of secret gardens, meadows and ponds known as the Tregaron Conservancy. The estate, which has been around for more than a century, was once home to the DC elite. Now it’s a spectacular hidden spot in which to break away from DC life without even leaving the city!

4. Enjoy some haunted cocktails at the Sleepy Hollow Bar

Walk deep into the western woods, where the fog never stops rolling in, searching for this spooky spot. As you step in, you will be greeted by a faithful staff of peasants and other characters. The Sleepy Hollow location is surrounded by immersive decor that will make you feel like a warrior! From gothic drinks, to a punk-dance soundtrack this spot will transport you to a chilly realm far from reality! Book your table here.


5. Cozy up in an igloo

Photo: Instagram / @watergatehotel

Cocktails, cozy blankets and igloos? Yes, please! It’s officially cozy season, so what better way to celebrate the colder weather than by running away from it and sheltering under one Watergate Hotel’s totally enchanting igloos?

6. Enjoy some cocktails under the sea with the Little Mermaid and her friends

Amongst stormy waters and glimmering pearls, you can now discover the submerged world of The Little Mermaid in DC. The underwater experience will be infused with spectacular decor, exciting performances and delightful cocktails inspired by The Little Mermaid. Get ready to immerse yourself in a timeless tale!

7. Warm up with a hearty bowl of ramen

santouka dc

What better way to warm up for the winter than with a creamy, hot bowl of Ramen?  At Santouka, their world-famous ramen is built with extra wavy noodles, standard toppings like butter-soft pork belly, ear mushrooms, scallions and an uber-creamy tonkotsu broth made by simmering pork bones for 20 hours. The secret? These are made following the ramen shop’s original recipes and techniques by Santouka’s chefs who have been specially trained in their Japanese restaurants. Patrons can choose from a wide range of options all the way from shouyu (soy sauce) and miso to spicy chilli. For an extra cost, you can also add in extra pork, butter, sweet corn and, our particular favorite, soft-boiled aji-tama eggs. Yum!

8. Discover the techniques of a great liar at this mind-boggling magic show

If you’ve ever wondered how psychics seem to know exactly what’s on your mind at every moment, then you’re in luck because magician and mentalist Brian Curry is willing to share all his secrets with you. Join Curry for Magic and Mentalism: The Good Liar and prepare to be blown away by his incredible mind-reading magic. In just 60 minutes Curry will read your thoughts, predict your future and completely blow your mind! Get your tickets here.


9. Tantalize your taste buds with this dark dining experience

Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavors and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? This special event promises to “elevate your meal to a whole new level” with darkened surroundings – letting just you, your taste buds and your sense of smell to enjoy a three-course meal at the Ambar Clarendon. Reserve your table here!

10-20. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa

Based on the weather this past couple of days, it’s pretty obvious we’re officially in hot chocolate season. This tasty, chocolatey cup of absolute goodness is key to keeping warm during the cold DC winters and even boosting one’s intelligence! So because we cannot go through winter without this wonderful elixir, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite DC spots to grab a cup of hot chocolate.

21. Escape a zombie apocalypse at the Army Of The Dead VR experience

In this action-packed touring location-based VR experience, players will team up with a civilian search-and-rescue crew known as “Las Vengeance” to battle the throngs of zombies who have taken over Sin City. With high-end virtual reality headsets, assault weapons with realistic recoil, and state-of-the-art motion platforms, you’ll be able to see, hear and feel every single shot, attack and explosion. Book your spot here.

22. Keep warm and learn how to make some delicious hot cocktails!

This winter, keep warm with your excellent bartending skills. Learn how to make classic hot cocktails with a twist while also sampling spirits as well as finished drinks! Book your spot here.

23. Go wine tasting at Drink the District’s Winter Wine Festival

Sample over 50 varieties of Wine (including French ones!) at Drink the District’s Winter Wine Festival. Make your way through this wine bonanza, sip on wine, support local businesses at their small artisan market and don’t forget to check out their catered specialty cheese and charcuterie packages available! Cheers!


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