Weekend Happenings in the DMV – December 6-8
Posted on December 06, 2013

 There are Christmas celebrations taking place all over the DMV this weekend! You can take in a show, go ice skating and even check out light displays.

Washington, DC Events 

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, 12:30pm-2pm
Pearl Harbor Day is recognized each year with a series of events, including a special “Authors on Deck” book lecture, official wreath laying ceremony and panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. At 1:00 p.m. guests are invited for a wreath laying ceremony with the U.S. Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard on the Memorial’s outdoor plaza.

Irish Christmas
National Geographic Live!
1600 M St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, 7pm-8:30pm
irish christmasEnjoy an unforgettable evening of seasonal music from the Emerald Isle, featuring Irish icon Moya Brennan, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning group Clannad. This festive program offers the timeless, soulful atmosphere of her music in a special holiday show. Drawing on a rich selection of classic Irish songs and carols, as well as her own solo material, Moya and her band will fill you with the spirit of the season. Enjoy mulled wine and delicious holiday treats at the NGS Café.

National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony
The Ellipse near The White House
Time Friday, 4:30pm
Since 1923, the United States has held a tradition of lighting a National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. In 1978, a live 40-foot Colorado blue spruce was transplanted from York, Pennsylvania to its present site on the Ellipse, the grassy area south of the White House. In 1954, a “Pathway of Peace,” 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia were planted surrounding the National Christmas Tree. Each year sponsoring organizations from each state provide tree decorations that are encased in a protective plastic globe to shield it from the weather. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is the beginning of a three week Washington, DC Christmas tradition.

Virginia Events

Tysons Corner Farmers Market
7920 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA

Time: Saturday, 9am-1pm
Chef Thomas Elder of Harth has launched a new farmers market in Tysons Corner to showcase the region’s best produce and artisan food products.

christmas at mt vernonChristmas at Mount Vernon
Time: Now – January 6th, 9am-4pm
Price: $15 adults, $7 children
Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Pentagon Row
1201 South Joyce St., Arlington, VA
Time: Saturday, 8am-10am
jingle bell run VAJingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun, festive event for the whole family! This is a great way to kick off the holidays by helping others! Participants wear their reindeer antlers and/or themed costumes, and tie jingle bells to their shoelaces and run or walk a 5 kilometer route with their team members to celebrate the season by giving. This year there will also be a 1k Children’s Run with the Elves, a costume contest, a post-event bash, awards, prizes and giveaways.

Pentagon Row’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Pentagon Row
Army Navy Drive and South Joyce St., Arlington, VA
Time: Saturday, 5pm-8pm
pentagon row skatingGuests can enjoy music by DJ Adrienne Almond, large-scale ice sculptures, penguin skate-aids for junior skaters, a surprise show on the new ice rink, and a s’mores station hosted by Hudson Trail Outfitters which will benefit the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. To celebrate the newly redesigned plaza, Pentagon Row will give away a $1,000 shopping spree to DSW, LOFT, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, World Market, Harris Teeter, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Champps Americana, Lebanese Taverna and Solar Planet. Guests can enter on Facebook and at the event.

Holiday Market Charles Houston Recreation Center
905 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA
Time: Sunday, 1pm-5pm
Price: Free
Join creative women artists for a relaxing afternoon of fun, art, women and wine!More than 30 exhibitors, jewelry, handcrafted accessories, pottery, and much more!Raffle drawings throughout the event! omplimentary refreshments served. Proceeds will benefit the Alexandria Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs.This is a collection site for new toys/gifts for the Battered Women’s Shelter Holiday Party.

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
The Alexandria Waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Time: Saturday, 3pm-7pm
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 fireboat, the John Glenn spouting water 70 feet into the air.

Maryland Events

christmas on the potomacICE! – Christmas on the Potomac
Gaylord National Resort
201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD
Time: Now-January 15th
Price: Adults $27, Children $19
The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 blocks of ice weighing 1.5 million pounds! Hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won’t want to miss! This year will feature ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Antietem National Battlefield Memorial Illumination
5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD
Time: Saturday, 6pm-12am
The Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination is held each December in honor of the soldiers who fell during the Battle of Antietam. At twilight, 23,110 luminaries will be lit, one for each soldier who was killed, wounded or missing during the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. The free 5 mile driving tour is the largest memorial illumination in North America.

National Harbor Holiday Festival
201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD
Time: Friday, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Price: Adult – $8 in advance ($12 at the door), Children 14 7 Under – Free
The festival will include crafts and gifts, live entertainment, food and wine, kids activities, and more!

Concerts at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!

  • Handel’s Messiah, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Saturday at 7:30pm
  • Honky Tonk Holiday Revue, Birchmere, Saturday
  • BSO: The Four Seasons, Strathmore, Saturday

Sports at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!

  • Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee,Verizon Center, Friday at 7pm
  • Baltimore Ravens vs Minnesota, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday at 1pm
  • Washington Capitals vs Nashville, Verizon Center, Saturday at 7pm
  • BB&T Classic, Verizon Center, Sunday at 1pm
  • Washington Redskins vs Kansas City, FedEx Field, Sunday at 1pm

Theatre at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, with the Eric Byrd Trio, Blackrock Center for the Arts, Saturday
  • White Christmas, The Hippodrome, Through Sunday
  • Miracle on 34th Street, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Through Sunday
  • The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker, Warner Theatre, Through Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

out of the furnaceOut of the Furnace
(Crime | Drama | Thriller- 116 Minutes)
When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, and Woody Harrelson.