Weekend Happenings: December 18-20
Posted on December 16, 2015

It’s the final week before the holidays arrive! Make sure to check out some last minute holiday shops and events to get ready for the big day!

Feet in woollen socks by the Christmas fireplace. Woman relaxes

Washington, DC Events:

Star Wars Dance Party
WHINO on H Street
700 H St. NE, DC
Time: Saturday, 8pm-12am
Cost: FREE with RSVP, this is a 21+ event

What better way to celebrate the release of the much anticipated movie than dressing up as your favorite Star Wars character and dancing the night away!  Grab drinks, watch a Star Wars themed live painting and make memories.  Prizes will be given to the best costume!

Yelp’s Totally Bazaar
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, DC
Time: Saturday, 12-4pm
Cost: FREE

Yelp is hosting their third annual handpicked holiday market.  Be sure to stop by for last minute gifts from top-rated retailers, artisans, and much more!

Holiday Silent Disco
Hard Rock Cafe
999 E St. NW, DC
Time: Saturday 9pm-2am
Cost: $10-15, this is a 21+ event

Watch the Silent Disco Society transform the Hard Rock Café into the ultimate holiday destination with three different music channels, live DJ’s and much more.  In addition to a great evening of dancing enjoy specials on food and drinks.

Maryland Events:

31st Annual Tuba Christmas
Harborplace Amphitheater
201 East Pratt St., Baltimore
Time: Saturday, 3:30-4:30pm
Cost: FREE

Come out and enjoy a show with over 200 festively dressed tuba and euphonium players who capture the spirit of the holidays with their music and rhythm.

Celebrate the Light of Christmas Festival
Mountain Christian Church
1824 Mountain Rd. Joppa
Time: Friday & Saturday, 5-9pm;
Cost: FREE

Enjoy the sights and sounds of this family-friendly Christmas event! There will be live music, food, s’mores, bonfires, hot chocolate, a 25’ tree and more!

Home Alone: Movie & Music
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore
Time: Saturday, 3pm & 7pm
Cost: $19-62

Conductor Nicholas Hersh leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a live score accompaniment of the classic 1990 film, Home Alone.

Virginia Events:

International Gem & Jewelry Show
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Center, Chantilly
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Cost: $8

Check out more than 360 jewelry and gem exhibitors from around the world!  Choose from costume fine jewelry and browse for the lowest prices on diamonds, silver, beads and more!

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Top Golf Alexandria
6625 S. Van Dorn St., Alexandria
Time: Saturday, 9-11am
Cost: FREE

Bring the kids to Top Golf and enjoy a meet and greet with Santa, holiday themed gifts, cookies and cocoa.  This event is available for the first 200 kids ages 12 and younger.

Christmas Illuminations at Mt. Vernon
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon
Time: Friday & Saturday, 5:30-9pm
Cost: $30

Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music with fireworks beginning around 9:00 p.m.  Before the show, watch colonial demonstrations and take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs.

Concerts, Theatre, & Sporting Events at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas, The Strathmore, Friday
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Hippodrome Theatre, Friday & Saturday
  • Matilda the Musical, The Kennedy Center, Friday & Saturday
  • National Philharmonic Handel’s Messiah, The Strathmore, Saturday & Sunday
  • Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, Eagle Bank Arena, Sunday
  • Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Verizon Center, Friday
  • Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets, Verizon Center, Saturday
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday
  • Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills, FedEx Field, Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

star warsStar Wars: The Force Awakens
Duration: 135 Minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of Jedi.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver

Duration: 118 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

Two adult sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.

Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fay, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz