Merriment in Georgetown

Celebrate the holiday season with Merriment in Georgetown! We’re bringing ALL the cheer, from our annual Georgetown GLOW light art experience, to gift guides, a special shopping night, holiday night market and cocktail crawl, outdoor ice skating, a cookie tour, seasonal hotel and spa packages, and more. It’s a flurry of festive fun for the rest of the year.

Light This Way

Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only free outdoor light art experience, is back this winter for some mega-watt merriment. Five works will be lit from 5 pm – 10 pm nightly, Friday, December 1, 2023 – Sunday, January 7, 2024. The signature winter event is organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), and features artists with a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives. Walking tours, a special shopping night, holiday night market, and cocktail crawl, and more will be featured throughout the 5-week event. (Photo courtesy WFOL Niagara Falls)

Making Spirits Bright

Georgetown is full of unexpected cheer. On Wednesday evening, Dec. 6, more than 40 of Georgetown’s restaurants and retail shops are offering promotions, events, and/or extended hours as part of a special GLOW Shopping Night from 5 pm – 8:30 pm.

In between your shopping, get to sipping. From 6 pm – 10 pm that night, more than a dozen Georgetown restaurants and shops are also participating in a holiday cocktail crawl.


Good Things Come in Small (Business) Packages

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 they need your support more than ever. Take advantage of many great promotions and support local on November 25!

Things that Aren't Coal

It’s the thought that counts – but sometimes you need help with your thoughts. This year, we have four new holiday gift guides, curated with some of Georgetown’s most unique finds. Whether you’re buying on a budget (cause, you know, inflation), splurging, or looking for a unique experience that will get you out of the house, we have you and your shopping lists covered.

Sugar Plums, Etc.

When you want to trade in those candy canes for great cuisine, our holiday streateries and decked-out restaurants – featuring everything from heated patios, to fire pits, festive dining chalets, and 25 Days of Holiday Cocktails – are just what the tastebuds ordered.

On Saturday, Dec. 9 from 12 pm – 4 pm, you can also join 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!

Ice, Ice, Baby

Come experience DC’s largest outdoor skating rink at The Washington Harbour – now open for skating every day, including the holidays. Time to tee up those triple axels along the Potomac.

The Opposite of Scrooge

We’re one ice carving competition away from a Hallmark Holiday movie come to life. 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. Take a stroll and enjoy the sights.


Stay for the Season

Why yes, we will have that third glass of eggnog! Make a night (or weekend) of it with one of our hotel’s holiday packages. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s Family Holiday Traditions package features overnight premier suite accommodations, breakfast for four, gingerbread decorating activity, complimentary in-house movie with snacks, and complimentary valet parking. Enjoy cocktails and gourmet s’mores by the fire in the cozy Living Room, while the kids mail letters to Santa from a special mailbox. Use booking code ZJL.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, The Graham Georgetown, The Georgetown Inn, Sonder, and The Georgetown House Boutique Inn all offer additional promotions; check their websites for details!

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