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HOLIDAYS IN GEORGETOWN
It's the happ--happiest season of all! Welcome to Georgetown during the holidays.
Our 2018 holiday calendar is brimming with cheer, and we hope you'll visit DC's oldest neighborhood during a truly magical time. From classic white lights along the rooftops and wreaths adorning every lightpole, to the only curated outdoor light-art experience in the region, holidays in Georgetown are the perfect blend of traditional and one-of-a-kind.
11/24 - 12/16: GEORGETOWN CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is hosting its first Georgetown Christmas Tree Farm at The Yard in partnership with Bees & Trees Farm of Elkwood, Va. The pop-up farm will open to the public every weekend from 10 am – 6 pm from Nov. 24 through Dec. 16, offering freshly cut trees in addition to a collection of local products, such as jams, butters, teas, wreaths, and hand-painted ornaments. Customers can warm-up with a cup of hot chocolate in front of The Yard’s fire pits. Click here for more info.
12/1 - 1/6: GEORGETOWN GLOW
The popular holiday celebration returns for its fifth edition, featuring outdoor public light-art installations lit nightly from 5 pm - 10 pm that invite visitors to re-imagine the season of light. The works will be located throughout the Georgetown commercial district as the contemporary light art is juxtaposed against the backdrop of Georgetown’s historic environs. The signature winter event is the only light-art experience of its kind in the region. For a list of installations and their locations, visit our Georgetown GLOW website.
12/1: SWEDISH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
The annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar returns to the House of Sweden (2900 K St NW) Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Swedish Women's Educational Association and supported by the Embassy of Sweden, the free bazaar will feature Swedish arts & crafts, crystal, textiles, artwork, books, and decorations, plus Swedish Christmas carols performed by the Santa Lucia Procession, home baked goods, and Swedish sandwiches.
THROUGHOUT GLOW: WALKING TOURS
New this year, several local tour companies are offering more than 30 GLOW-inspired walking tours, tying the exhibition to history, food, photography, and art themes. Visit our Georgetown GLOW website for more info.
12/7: GLOW ALL NIGHT
As part of Georgetown GLOW, join the Georgetown BID for a special night of shopping and dining. More than 50 of Georgetown’s national retailers and small businesses alike will be open late, offering in-store promotions, trunk shows, pop-up shops, and product launches. The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill are also hosting a Winter Art Walk that night, with each gallery featuring a neon or light-art piece in their window.
12/7 - 1/4: HOLIDAY WINDOW COMPETITION
Support our small businesses by checking out our 7th annual Holiday Window Competition. Voting will take place on Facebook, with a winner crowned at 5 pm on January 4. Beginning December 7, visit our Holiday Window Competition page for the list of participating businesses and to vote!
ALL WINTER: ICE DOME DINING
Head inside The Four Seasons’ cozy lobby for Light Up the Season, showcasing festive decorations by DC’s top local designers to benefit the Children’s National Health System. The hotel’s Bourbon Steak restaurant also transforms, with a Bourbon On Ice patio featuring three heated ice domes, each with their own theme, plus snowy lawn games like light-up bean bag and ring toss. The adjoining ENO Wine Bar will offer weekly ice wine tastings and an Alpine menu.
12/8: BOOK HILL'S
For more holiday cheer, the charming Book Hill section of Georgetown is hosting a Winter Wonderland from 11 am – 4 pm in the TD Bank lot (1611 Wisconsin Ave). Attendees can enjoy festive live music, food and drinks—including hot chocolate, cookies and mulled wine—plus kids’ activities, a s’mores station, ugly sweater competition, Letters to Santa station, and photos with Santa for kids and pets with paws.
12/31: NEW YEAR'S EVE
2018 may be ending, but Georgetown GLOW will still be shining for another week. If you haven't had a chance to check out the public light art experience, ring in the new year brighter than ever. Afterward, our businesses are rolling out the red carpet all night long. Check out our Events & Promotions page in December for the full list of New Year's Eve events.
1/6: GLOW CLOSING EVENT
One of this year's GLOW installations, Twilight Antiques and Thrift, is a life-scale representation of a store in the form of a glowing lantern. Lining the shelves of this translucent shop are 500 hand-assembled lanterns--each a reproduction of an object that relates to DC, and can actually be found in Georgetown or part of the artists' collection. On the final night of GLOW, visitors will be welcomed into the store and allowed to select a free lantern to take home! More details TBA.
ALL WINTER: ICE SKATING
The Washington Harbour Ice Rink at 3050 K St NW is D.C.’s largest outdoor ice skating venue—and a must-do if you want to fully experience the holiday season in Georgetown. Skate alongside the Potomac River and enjoy a hot beverage from a rink-side restaurant. Visit their website for daily operating hours, themed skating events and information on private lessons.
Remember to follow #GeorgetownGLOW and use the hashtag when you post your own pictures. We'll be introducing new social media contests each week throughout the month of December!