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15 WINTER THINGS TO DO IN GEORGETOWN
Practice your triple axel. Every mid-November, give or take climate change, Washington Harbour’s fountain (3050 K Street NW) transforms into DC’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. Take advantage of 2-for-1 admission from 4 pm – 6 pm on Tuesdays, $2 off admission on Thursdays with a college ID, a kid-friendly Cartoon Skate on Saturday mornings, and Rock n’ Skate on Saturday nights. Whether you’re there with the little ones, on a winter date night, or taking a class, it’s arguably the most picturesque rink in the district.
Get your GLOW on. December—Latin for ‘the month that bleeds you dry.’ But despair not, because our month-long, FREE outdoor public light art exhibition is back from Friday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Jan. 7 for its 4th edition! Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, featuring nine installations by local and international artists lit nightly from 5 – 10 pm. Set against the historic backdrop of DC's oldest neighborhood, it's the only event of its kind in the region.
Peer into the windows. No, really—it’s encouraged. The Georgetown BID’s 6th annual Georgetown Holiday Window Competition kicks off December 8, when 22 small businesses compete for favorite holiday window. All of the photos will be featured on Georgetown BID’s Facebook page. The window with the most likes by 5 pm on December 31 wins!
Ginger all the way. If visions of sugar plums are dancing in your head, we’ve got the fix for your sweet tooth. Make your way down M Street for a hit of energy with Peet’s gingerbread latte, then head to neighborhood favorite Baked & Wired for spritz cookies, lebkuchen, linzer cookies and gingerbread men. Georgetown Cupcake is a holiday wonderland yet again, with chocolate egg nog, white chocolate peppermint and gingerbread cupcakes. If doughnuts are more your speed, Cady’s Alley favorite District Doughnut is frying up holiday classics with a twist, like cannoli and Sufganiyot.
Play dress up. Holiday parties, New Year’s Eve events and Valentine’s Day dates all mean one thing: Excuses to get a new dress(es)! Check out our Fashion page for women’s boutiques, consignment shops, national brands, and everything in between.
Bask in the Martin’s merriment. When it comes to the holiday spirit, no one does it quite like Martin’s Tavern. The neighborhood institution looks like it came straight out of a Pinterest board, but it’s cozy, not cheesy. From garlands, bows and greenery at every turn to model train sets in the front windows, it’s impossible not to catch the holiday spirit. Still need convincing? Spiced hot buttered rum and bourbon hot toddys for the win. Afterward, take a festive stroll through Georgetown’s commercial district, with holiday wreaths on every lamp post, lights outlining the roofs, and Christmas trees at Miegs Park and Francis Scott Key Park.
Put some heart into the holidays. Give back this holiday season by volunteering at Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC)—the Georgetown non-profit with a mission to seek lasting solutions to homelessness. November through March, GMC is looking for groups of six to eight people to cook for 20 people who otherwise may not have a hot meal. Organize a group of friends or your favorite co-workers and call GMC to schedule your dinner.
GLOW big or go home. There’s GLOW, and then there are all of the awesome GLOW-inspired events, too! Start by dancing like a crazy person on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Silent Disco, as one of three different genres of music pump through your individual headset. That same evening is GLOW All Night, as Georgetown’s businesses stay open late and offer discounts, giveaways and more, plus free pedicab rides throughout Georgetown, pictures with Fashion Santa, and live holiday music. Bring the kids to Georgetown’s charming Book Hill on Saturday, Dec. 16 for Winter Wonderland--a day of holiday shopping, specials and festive bites at over 20 shops and cafés, plus a meet & greet with Santa, and music and activities for the whole family.
Stay warm and toasty. Get cozy at one of several outdoor fire pits with drinks in Georgetown on the patio at Bourbon Steak, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Nick’s Riverside Grill, or Pinstripes. Head inside at Bar a Vin and ENO for drinks by a roaring fireplace, or The Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown for plush leather seats and French toast s’mores. If you’re in the mood for dinner, reserve a seat next to the fireplace at 1789’s The John Carroll Room, or the more rustic, French countryside vibes of La Chaumiere.
Ring in the New Year. 2017, it’s time for you to hit the road. Usher in 2018 with live music, multi-course meals, open bars, kid friendly activities and more—plus Georgetown GLOW is glowing through January 7! It’s your chance to end the year on a bright note.
Say ‘yes’ to something new. You could promise to lose 5 pounds or go to the gym every morning, but where’s the fun in those New Year’s resolutions? If you’re itching for a new hobby, pay a visit to Hinckley Pottery. The Blues Alley studio offers 10-week classes for all levels, plus a one-time try-it session for those who are on the fence. Bonus: You get to live out every Ghost fantasy you’ve ever had.
Honor Georgetown’s African-American history. Celebrate Black History Month by recognizing some of Georgetown’s most integral community members. Follow the African-American heritage trail to see the institutions and homes of Herring Hill, the 15-block area of eastern-most Georgetown that was home to African-American families migrating to Washington after the Civil War. Other points of interest include the site of freed slave and Georgetown resident Yarrow Mamout’s home, the Mount Zion and Female Union Band Cemetery, and the Rose Park tennis courts—dedicated to the star Peters sisters.
Bowl over the winter blues. Winter is the perfect excuse to spend guiltless Saturday afternoons inside, under a pile of blankets. How San Diegans log any couch time and still live with themselves is beyond us. But despite our grey skies and freezing temps, sometimes you just need to get out and move around. Expel that pent-up energy at Pinstripes with indoor bocce and bowling! You can also check out Escape Room, though you make never want to escape the warmth.
Catch the love bug. Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with a plus-one or reclaiming Singles Awareness Day with a group of friends, Georgetown is celebrating all kinds of love this February. From special hotel packages to couples spa treatments, cooking classes, Valentine’s Day-themed cupcakes, and romantic dinners for two, check our events calendar and head wherever Cupid is calling.
Walk in the steps of JFK. Did you know that one of America’s most iconic Presidential couples loved and lived in Georgetown? In the spirit of President’s Day, retrace the memories of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy with a self-guided Kennedy walking tour around town! From the home where John and Jackie lived during the 1960 presidential campaign to the church where they worshipped and the booth at Martin’s Tavern (1264 Wisconsin Ave NW) where JFK proposed, take a tour through time in DC’s oldest neighborhood.