As we turn to December there are tons of great events to take advantage of! We’ve listed some of our best bets for D.C., Virginia and Maryland!
Washington, DC Events
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Time: 9:30am, 11am Saturday
Hanukkah and two other Jewish stories are told using puppets and music. Best for age 4 and older.
Swedish Holiday Bazaar
House of Sweden
2900 K St. NW
Time: 11am-5pm Saturday
The annual Christmas bazaar at the House of Sweden is stocked full of linens, greeting cards and other gifts from Sweden.
Birch & Barley and ChurchKey
1337 14th. St. NW
Once a year, Belgium’s Cantillon brewery releases a limited number of kegs of a one-time-only beer called Zwanze at 35 beer bars around the world, and Belgian beer fans get very, very excited. ChurchKey is again one of those lucky bars and will have Zwanze 2012 — reportedly a tart beer with rhubarb soaked in lambic ale — on tap, along with a two-year-old unblended Cantillon lambic. (Fritz tried the latter during his recent trip to Brussels, and it’s very tart and very tasty.) The beer starts flowing at 3 p.m., but the bar gets packed much earlier than that. Tide yourself over with bottles of Cantillon, including gueze, the unblended Iris lambic or the Fou Foune apricot-flavored lambic.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
1523 22nd St. NW
Time: 7pm Friday and 2pm-7pm Saturday-Sunday
With the aid of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the brave hearts of the National Theatre of Scotland have set up shop in the bar on 22nd Street NW for a month-long run of “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” a pleasurably interactive and often quite enchanting immersion in an inimitably Scottish style of storytelling.
DC Historic Home Tours for the Holidays
Various locations throughout Georgetown and Dupont Circle
Time: 4pm-8pm Saturday
Price: Admission to all four museums is $16 with advance registration, or $20 at the door; children (aged 17 and younger) are $10. Admission to one museum only for adults or children is ten dollars $10.
Four Washington DC historic home museums will open their doors together for the first time to celebrate the season with a special “Holidays through History!” Tour. Guests are invited to visit these Anderson House and Woodrow Wilson House in Dupont Circle and Dumbarton House and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Georgetown. All of these properties are on the U.S. Register of Historic Places and will be decked out for the holidays. Participants will stroll the historic rooms of the mansions, delighting in the ambiance of festive period decorations and music that will interpret traditional holiday celebrations from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties, and sample seasonal treats.
Parade of Lighted Boats
7th Street and Maine Ave. SW
Time: 5:30pm-8pm Saturday
For its 20th anniversary, the Parade of Lighted Boats on Saturday is going all out. In Old Town, do some holiday shopping and watch the brightly appointed boats set sail; on Washington’s Southwest waterfront (at Seventh and Water streets), round up the kids and see the ships (and Santa) arrive at a festival with live music and a bonfire.
Big Bad City
915 U St. NW
Time: 10pm Saturday
Motown singles and hard-hitting classic soul form the basis of this free monthly dance party.
Drumming With Dishes: The Holiday Edition
Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Rd. Lorton, VA
Time: 10:30am Friday, 9:45am and 11:15am Saturday, 11am Sunday
Price: $8, 12 months and younger free
In this Arts on the Horizon production, a child introduces her imaginary friend to the holiday season.
Scottish Christmas Walk
Wilkes and South St. Asaph Streets
Time: 11am Saturday
Annual holiday parade celebrating Alexandria’s Scottish heritage featuring more than 100 Scottish clans, Scottish dancers, pipe and drum bands, reenactment groups, Scottie dog groups and Santa. Parade begins at Wilkes and South St. Asaph streets and ends at King and Royal streets, Alexandria
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
The Alexandria Waterfront
Time: 4pm-7pm Saturday
The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is a favorite holiday celebration in both Old Town Alexandria and Washington, DC. Festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River including 50 powerboats, sailboats and the District’s fire-boat, the John Glenn spouting water 70 feet into the air. The brightly lit boats are creatively decorated as they compete in categories such as “Best in Show,” “Best Thinking Outside the Christmas Box,” and “Hardiest Souls.” The parade is the culmination of a full weekend of holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria.
National Harbor Holiday Festival 2012
137 National Plaza
Time: 10am-7pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday
Price: Adult Admission (15-older): $10 in advance, $12 at the door Ages 14 and under are free
National Harbor is hosting a new Harbor Holiday Festival for the 2012 season featuring a holiday village of crafts and gift items, live entertainment, food and wine, kids’ activities, and visits with Santa. The waterfront community in Prince George’s County, Maryland provides a great setting for events all year long. Attendees will enjoy some holiday cheer and stay warm during the festival which will be located in a big top heated tent.
Symphony of Lights
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, MD
Time: 6pm-10pm, daily
Price: Car seating up to 8 passengers: $20; 9-24 passengers: $45; 25 or more: $125
Howard County General Hospital presents its annual Symphony of Lights to benefit the hospital. Cars, vans and buses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through more than 70 larger-than-life, light creations illuminated by a fantasy of color, design and animation.
Holiday Festival of Train & Toys
B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD
Time: 10am-4pm, ends December 31st, opens at 11am on Sundays
Greet Santa as he arrives by train for the opening of the Holiday Festival of Trains at the B&O Railroad Museum. The festival will have several types of trains on view, including operating toy trains and model layouts and steam engines.
Night of 100 Elvises
851-3 Hollins St., Baltimore, MD
Time: 7pm-2am Friday and Saturday
The annual celebration of all things Elvis returns with impersonators, tribute bands, memorabilia and a Southern buffet with some of The King’s favorite snacks, naturally. In the ballroom, a dozen Elvis bands and tribute artists perform The King’s music all night long without ever repeating a song.
Downtown Frederick Festival of Lights and Candlelight House Tour
Cultural Arts Center
15 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD
Downtown Frederick has also organized a Festival of Lights at the City Hall Courtyard and a Candlelight House Tour of private homes in the historic district.
Time: Festival of Lights, 7pm Friday
Candlelight House Tour, 5pm-9pm Saturday and 12pm-4pm Sunday
Price: Free for Festival of Lights, $20 in advance/$25 weekend of Candlelight House Tour
Bethesda Winter Bar Tour
Start at: Caddies on Cordell, 4922 Cordell Ave. Bethesda, MD
Time: 1pm-9pm Saturday
Start digging through your closet for your most festive holiday sweater because you’ll need it to keep warm while bar hopping around Bethesda! Enjoy $2 Miller Lites, $3 Blue Moons, and exclusive food and drink specials at 11 Bethesda bars!
College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr. College Park, MD
Time: 12pm-4pm Saturday
Price: $4, $3 seniors, $2 children
Watch Santa fly into the airport then have a picture taken with him. Kids can also explore the museum and participate in crafts.
German Christmas Bazaar
8617 Chateau Dr. Potomac, MD
Time: 12pm-5pm Saturday
Browse Christmas ornaments and other holiday fare at this market.
Sherlock Holmes with live accompaniment
American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD
Time: 2pm Saturday
Price: $15, $12 members
Screen legend John Barrymore plays the title character in this 1922 Sherlock Holmes film. It was long thought to be lost, but a print was rediscovered in the 1970s. This silent version, featuring Holmes’s nemesis Professor Moriarty, will have live musical accompaniment.
Sports at a Glance
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Baltimore Ravens vs. Steelers, Sunday at 1:00pm M&T Bank Stadium
Terrapins vs. George Mason, Sunday at 2:30pm, Verizon Center
Hot Upcoming Shows: Tickets Still Available
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Gavin DeGraw & The All-American Rejects, Sun, Dec 9, The Fillmore Silver Spring Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Wed, Dec 12, Verizon Center
A Tribute to the Beastie Boys, Thu, Dec 13, The Fillmore Silver Spring
Dave Matthews Band, Dec 14 & 15, John Paul Jones Arena
WMZQ Christmas Show with Sara Evans & more, Fri, Dec 14, The Fillmore Silver Spring
R5, Wed, Dec 19, The Fillmore Silver Spring
DC 101’s End of the World Party with Beware of Darkness, Fri, Dec 21, The Fillmore Silver Spring
Hoodie Allen, Fri, Dec 28, The Fillmore Silver Spring
Jim Gaffigan, Jan 12 @ 7pm & 9:30pm, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour, Sat, Jan 19, Warner Theatre Strange Design, Fri, Feb 1, The Fillmore Silver Spring
The 9th Annual Flogging Molly Green 17 Tour, Tue, Feb 5, The Fillmore Silver Spring
Ones to Watch presents Blackberry Smoke, Fri, Feb 8, The Fillmore Silver Spring Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, Feb 16 @ 3pm & 6pm, Warner Theatre
Pentatonix, Mon, Feb 18, The Fillmore Silver Spring
The Born This Way Ball starring Lady Gaga, Mon, Feb 25, Verizon Center
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Mar 2 @ 1pm & 4pm, Warner Theatre
The Saw Doctors, Sun, Mar 10, The Fillmore Silver Spring
Rihanna Diamonds World Tour, Tue, Mar 12, 1st Mariner Arena
P!NK with special guest The Hives, Thu, Mar 14, Verizon Center
Finch playing What It Is To Burn, Thu, Mar 14, The Fillmore Silver Spring
Clifford the Big Red Dog, Mar 16 @ 1pm & 4pm, Warner Theatre
Lewis Black: The Rant Is Due, Sat, Mar 16, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Maroon 5, Wed, Apr 3, Verizon Center
Brian Regan, Fri, Apr 5, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Pajanimals Live: Pajama Playdate, Fri, Apr 12, Warner Theatre
Great Big Sea, Wed, Apr 17, Warner Theatre
Ron White: A Little Unprofessional, Sat, Apr 20, Warner Theatre
Esperanza Spalding, Mon, Apr 22, Warner Theatre
Rihanna Diamonds World Tour, Mon, Apr 29, Verizon Center