Weekend Happenings: December 8 – 10
Posted on December 07, 2017

There’s a chill in the air so bundle up with indoor events like cooking festivals, museums, and more!



MetroCooking DC

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, DC
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
Cost: Varies

Shop, sip, and sample your way through a variety of cuisine-centered demos, workshops, pop-up classes, and specialty vendors, with premier ticketed features throughout the day. Watch for celebrity chef appearances, like Guy Fieri and José Andrés! Visit the website for a full schedule of happenings and to purchase tickets.


Drink the District Wine Festival

Park View
3400 Georgia Ave. NW, DC
Time: Friday, 6-9pm and 9pm-12am; Saturday, 12-11pm
Cost: Packages Starting at $30

What could be merrier than mistletoe and merlot? Join the Park View community for over 100 wine samplings, sales from local artisans, a culinary stage with food and wine pairing demonstrations, and lots of music and live entertainment. Choose your package and session online, and drink the district dry!


DC Santa Crawl

Various bars throughout Dupont Circle, DC
Time: Saturday, 2-10pm
Cost: $30 in advance; $40 day of event

Step 1: check in and receive your refillable Santa mug. Step 2: gain access to a dozen of Dupont’s jolliest bars. Step 3: take holiday shots, enjoy cheery food and drink specials, and enter to win raffle prizes. Step 4: don’t forget to show off your holiday spirit – deck yourself in baubles, reindeer antlers, and fur-trimmed Santa suits!



Dollar or Less Days

Various Locations


Time: Saturday and Sunday, Times Vary

Cost: Varies

If you love museums block some time out this weekend to see them all! Select museums are offering admission for a dollar or free. Visit the American Visionary Arts Museum, Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery, and more!
Shells and Bells: A Party on the Creek

Spa Creek

107 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis

Time: Saturday, 5-10pm

Cost: $100

Put on your best holiday dress and enjoy a night on the creek! Enjoy specialty cocktails, tasty food, live music and auction, and more. View the beautiful Parade of Lights from a heated tent and spectacular view. Proceeds go to Save Our Sanctuaries.


Deer Santa

Robinson Nature Center

6692 Cedar Ln., Columbia

Time: Sunday, 12-4pm

Cost: Varies

Live out your dreams and become one of Santa’s reindeer! Play reindeer games, meet Santa Claus himself, and more.



Breakfast with Historic Santa

Old Manassas Courthouse
9248 Lee Ave., Manassas
Time: Saturday, 10am-12pm
Cost: $5 for Adults, $10 for children, Children under 2 are FREE

Bring your children to enjoy breakfast with Santa!  Authentic 19th Century Christmas decorations will fill the air with the Christmas spirit as your children get a chance to make their wish to Santa.


Two Grumps! in 2017

Crystal City Underground
700 Crystal Ave., Crystal City
Time: Saturday, 12-5pm
Cost: $20 online, $30 at the door

Produced by Beth Baldwin & Tina Henry-Barrus in partnership with the Crystal City BID and JBG Smith is an Alternative arts & craft holiday show.  Shop local this season from over 50 makers and get get your picture taken with the Grumpy Yeti! (or two).


Winter Walk of Lights

Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna
Time: Friday-Sunday, 5:30pm-10pm
Cost: Varies

Get ready to be amazed and dazzled by the magical Winter Walk of Lights as the garden is transformed into a half-mile, walk of lights. If you are a returning customer, you will love this year’s animated Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk.  When you get tired of walking, sit down and enjoy roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot beverages by the fire. (Available for purchase at Light Refreshments concessions).


Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Harlem Globetrotters, Royal Farms Arena, Saturday
  • Wolf Alice, 9:30 Club, Friday
  • Gary Numan, 9:30 Club, Saturday
  • Mogwai & Xander Harris, 9:30 Club, Sunday
  • Illenium, Ram’s Head Live, Friday
  • SZA, Ram’s Head Live, Saturday
  • Andrea Bocelli, capital One Arena, Sunday
  • Annual Monument Lighting, Downtown Baltimore, Thursday
  • Wizards VS Clippers, Saturday