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This Week D.C.: Dec 11-18

Whether you like the snowy season or not, it’s a magical time of year in the District. There are tons of things to do both indoors and outdoors. We’ve been brunching all over this city to bring to you the best of the best eats and holiday happenings.

Get in the holiday spirit with Hanukkah festivities at Workhouse Arts Center. You can learn how to craft your own Hanukkah desserts. Discover how to make dark chocolate gelt cookies, rugelach, classic fritters, an orange-scented olive oil cake, and apple latkes in addition to tasty cakes and cookies. 9601 Ox Road Lorton, VA 22079.

Get into the holiday Spirits (literally) and learn some bar skills from the mixologist at Via Umbria, who will teach you how to craft three outstanding holiday themed cocktails. The skills you take home will be sure to invigorate any holiday party. 1525 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007.

Experience ice skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith, and others. 6th & Constitution Ave N.W., Washington, D.C. 20565.

GLOW, Georgetown’s public light installation, is hosting a GLOW all night shopping event on December 14th from 5-9 p.m. More than 60 Georgetown retailers will be open late to host pop-up events, collection launches, giveaways, and more – make sure to look out for Christmas carolers and free pedicab rides all night. 3303 Water St N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

Urbane Society is hosting a pop up shop in the Embassy Row Hotel until December 15th. Grab a cocktail and browse through local jewelry, art clothing, and more. 2015 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036.


Celebrate the holiday season with everyone’s favorite beverage. Head to the Wharf for its inaugural Nog Fest, a celebration of the classic seasonal drink. Sip and sample winter drinks in the wine and beer garden, and warm up around the fire pit with free s’mores, take a ride on the mechanical reindeer, try your hand at snowman bowling, and make your own reindeer antler headband at our craft station—all set to live, merry music from White Ford Bronco. Don’t miss the Captain’s nog from one of our favorite bars, Whiskey Charlie. More information, here. 1-4 p.m. at the Wharf.

Whether naughty or nice, you can join Santa during the special Brunch at Salamander Resort & Spa offered every Saturday, located in Middleburg, VA. The brunch is followed by a holiday-specific cooking class, lead by Executive Chef Arensdorf, at the Cooking Studio. 500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA 20117.

Santa Sundays at Firefly are featuring a series of appearances from Santa every Sunday in December. From 3:00–6:00 p.m., neighbors and friends are invited to Firefly’s lounge for photos with Santa and holiday decorations overlooking a brightly-lit tree that permanently stands in the middle of the restaurant. Each child will receive a complimentary Polaroid photo with Mr. Claus himself. 1310 New Hampshire Ave N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch is partnered with Via Umbria. While we wrote this post independently, we do receive compensation from this company. 

Dannah Strauss

Dannah is our toughest critic. With a food and drink background, this Bitch brings her sophisticated opinion to the D.C. dining scene. Dannah is our D.C. editor and has all the restaurant intel. She's always game to try something new, but when it comes to brunch, she's looking for the classics done in an exceptional manner. French toast over pancakes, and bloodys over mimosas, always.

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