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12 Holiday Things to Do in Georgetown

Stroll Through the Holiday Lights Competition

Georgetown Main Street is joining a city-wide holiday promotion called DC Holiday Lights, Nov. 19 – Jan. 6. More than 25 businesses along Wisconsin Avenue will be decorating their storefronts for the holidays, competing for awards for Most Creative Use of Lights, Most Colorful Display, Best Window Display, Most Georgetown, Best Use of Merchandise, Best of Show, and Best Corporate Display. The public will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Shop Our Holiday Guides

This year, we’re introducing five new holiday gift guides, curated with some of Georgetown’s most unique finds. Whether you’re buying on a budget, splurging, or looking for something unexpected, we have you – and your shopping lists – covered.

Practice Your Triple Axel

Every winter, Washington Harbour’s fountain (3050 K Street NW) transforms into DC’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. General admission and private rentals are both available. Whether you’re there with the little ones, on a holiday date night, or entertaining relatives visiting from out of town, it’s arguably the most picturesque rink in the district.

Take the Cookie Tour

On Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 am – 2 pm, Georgetown Main Street is hosting the Georgetown Cookie Tour. Shop our local businesses and build your own holiday cookie box as you go, with treats from our local bakeries. Get your tour tickets in advance!

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, and it’s as cozy and charming as it gets. 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. Our many other holiday streateries and decked-out restaurants feature everything from heated patios, to fire pits, festive dining chalets, and 25 Days of Holiday Cocktails.

Warm Up at the Grace Street Bonfire

Stop by the Grace Street lot at 1044 Wisconsin Ave. on Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 pm – 8 pm and enjoy free food, drinks and treats from nearby restaurants and bakeries, live music, and a cozy fire to make s’mores.

Get Your European Market On

Fridays – Sundays from Nov. 27 – Dec. 19, shop the Holiday Market in the Four Seasons Hotel courtyard. The European-inspired outdoor stalls will feature gifts and culinary offerings created by local artisans, benefitting Children’s National Hospital.

Support Fa La La La Local

Georgetown is participating in Small Business Saturday – a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses and strengthening and celebrating communities across the country. More than 300 small businesses call Georgetown home, comprising 60% of the commercial district’s restaurants and retailers. They are the heart of this community, and this year they need your support more than ever. Take advantage of more than 35 great promotions and support local on November 27.

Stay Local

Why yes, we will have that third glass of eggnog! Make a night (or weekend) of it in Georgetown with one of our hotel’s holiday packages.

The Four Seasons Sweet Suite Staycation includes a festive welcome amenity, overnight valet parking, room upgrade, 10% spa discount, free bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, and guaranteed late check-out until 3 pm. The offer also includes a complimentary Dog package to make furry friends feel at home. For dinner, don’t miss the festive outdoor dining chalets at BOURBON Steak.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s Family Holiday Traditions package features overnight premier suite accommodations, breakfast credit, gingerbread decorating activity, complimentary in-house movie with snacks, and complimentary valet parking. Relax at the spa with a winter peppermint scrub and sugar plum facial, or enjoy cocktails and gourmet s’mores by the fire in the cozy Living Room.

The Graham Georgetown, Rosewood Washington, DC, Georgetown Inn and Georgetown House also offer year-round packages and hotel specials.

Light Up the Season

We pity the Four Seasons employee responsible for untangling these tree lights every year, but appreciate their goodwill. Head inside the hotel’s cozy lobby and courtyard from Nov. 8 – Jan. 2 for their annual Light Up the Season, showcasing festive (and incredibly creative) holiday trees, mantlepieces, menorahs, and dollhouses by DC’s top local designers, who have partnered with Children’s National Hospital patients – all to benefit the hospital. (Photo credit: Richie Downs/Asico Photo)

Pretend You're in a Hallmark Movie

We’re ready for you, Candace Cameron Bure. Throughout the entire season, holiday wreaths on every lamp post and lights along every rooftop make Georgetown one of the city’s most festive neighborhoods.

Get Your 'Fa la la' on with Live Music

Pipers piping, drummers drumming, you know the drill. Whether you’re planning an end-of-year happy hour with co-workers, holiday date night, or entertaining out-of-town guests, Georgetown has live music and nightlife to carry you into the next morning – and new year.

Blues Alley, America’s oldest continuing jazz supper club, has a full calendar of world-class musicians every month, including several seasonally inspired holiday shows.

For a straight-up sing-along, head to Georgetown Piano Bar and watch two of the area’s best pianists duel it out and get the place on its feet. Sweet Caroline followed by Last Christmas, anyone?

If music isn’t moving you, but you don’t want to go home just yet, Pizzeria Paradiso and Church Hall both offer a slew of old-school arcade games that feel like the best blast from the past – paired with a craft beer or glass of wine, as a bonus.

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