It’s the most wonderful time of the year, little reindeers! Who doesn’t like December? The cold weather is still new, you shop with purpose, drink and eat with reckless abandon, people bring you presents, Starbucks has special cups, there’s mistletoe, Christmas trees and sparkly, shiny things all around. Yes, the Holidays really make me giddy like a little schoolgirl. I’ve been a busy little elf already—my tree is up, Christmas cards purchased, cookies baked, and presents purchased. Now, it’s time for some fun.
Get into the spirit this week with some merriment of your own—the holiday market, the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree, Brightest Young Thing’s Holiday Party, Capital Club’s Santa Soiree, or enjoy the other food and fun events around town if you’re feeling grinchy.
All Week Long
The downtown holiday market kicks off this week with fresh food, arts and crafts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, photography and other fun gifts and goodies from 108 exhibitors. Best of all, they have mini doughnuts.8th and F Streets N.W., 12-8 p.m. daily from December 2-23.
Ardeo Bardeo debuts its pie and wine special on Sundays and Mondays. Get a slice of house-made pizza from Chef Nate Garyantes and a glass of wine or beer for a mere $15. The deal is only offered from 5-10 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays. Sounds like a good way to beat the Monday blues to me.
Take advantage of living in Washington during the Holiday season and attend the annual lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree, which will be lit by Speaker of the House John Boehner. 5 p.m., West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, at Constitution and Independence Avenue
Luxury shopping boutique Intermix is having a shopping event with 10% of sales benefiting the Capital Breast Care Center. The mission of Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) is to provide comprehensive, culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and to promote health and wellness to women in the DC metropolitan area, regardless of their ability to pay. The CBCC screens 2,000 women a year and is one of the leading providers of breast cancer screening to uninsured women in the DC area. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to helping provide services for the women who need them.
Sale items in the store are up to 70% off so it’s a great time for holiday shopping. If you visit Intermix Georgetown between now and the 8th, let the salesperson know if you’d like to hold off on ringing up your purchases until the night of the event. 6-9pm at Intermix Georgetown at 3222 M Street
Love tapas and Jose Andres? Us too. Head to Jaleo Bethesda for a book signing with Spanish chef, who will be signing copies of his cookbooks Made in Spain, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America, and Tapas Deck: 50 Little Dishes that Capture the Essence of Spanish Cooking. Fittingly, Jaleo will serve tapas during the event. 5-7:30 p.m., Jaleo Bethesda, 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, M.D.
Later that night, Brightest Young Things teams up with the Kennedy Center for “The Greatest Holiday Party of All” with live bands and entertainment, cash bars with holiday drink specials, festive photo ops, and ticket giveaways to upcoming Kennedy Center performances. The Kennedy Center will be decked out like a winter wonderland, including a Santa chair for festive photo opportunities. Tickets are a mere$5 and obnoxious Christmas attire and Santa costumes are encouraged. 9:30 p.m., 2700 F Street N.W.,Washington, D.C.
Dance the night away with the dapper gentlemen of Washington’s Capital Club at the 20th Annual Santa Soiree held at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown. Tickets include bottomless cocktails and live music from the Winn Brothers Band. Dress to impress—attire is holiday black tie. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., City Tavern Club. Tickets, here.
Brunch, but of course. Boutique Colombia Heights restaurant Room 11 launches its brunch this weekend.