The annual Light Up the Season 2019 will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown on December 15.The event supports Children's National. The family-friendly community fundraising event features patient and designer-decorated holiday trees, menorahs and wreaths. Every art piece includes the story of the unique collaboration between a Children’s National patient and a notable area designer and is available for purchase. The all-ages event offers holiday crafts, pop-up shopping, visits from Santa and Dr. Bear and light refreshments. Performances by local musical artists and youth entertainers will ring in the season.
The Collection in Chevy Chase will have a Free, Family-friendly Holiday Festival on December 14. Several of the events will take place in a tent on Parkside Lane.
The Festival will include:
Letter writing to Santa, Story Time with Mrs. Claus A Complimentary gift-wrapping station, Photos with Santa, Polar Express train rides, A Dreidel decorating station, A Cookie decorating station, An Ornament making station, Holiday carolers, and much more In addition, several venues in The Collection will participate in Shop and Dine for a Cause on December 14. When shoppers make a purchase at one of them, the business will donate a portion of their proceeds to A Wider Circle - a local charity dedicated to ending poverty. The businesses participating are Potomac Pizza, The Palm & The Ivy, Merritt Gallery, Whyte House Monograms and Chevy Chase Florist.
Also, Dr. Bears - pictured below - will light up every time someone makes a donation to Children’s National. Other Dr. Bears are placed throughout D.C. and will be there through the end of the year.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is displaying the annual Season's Greening: America's Gardens, thru January 5, 2020.Visitors can “explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year’s holiday show! Plant based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures fill the model train room. They include iconic gardens scenes like Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s vibrant red Japanese torii gate, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ flamingo topiaries, Missouri Botanical Garden’s famous Climatron conservatory, and Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Rocket Garden featuring NASA space nodes and rockets! The Conservatory is filled with thousands of flowers, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. The Gardens’ traditional display of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials fill the Garden Court, and the West Gallery features a decorated tree with its own model train.
Image below: A display at a previous Season's Greening
Georgetown GLOW, featuring eleven light art installations, is in progress thru January 5 in historic Georgetown. The event is presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District.
Outdoor public art works are lit from 5-10 p.m. nightly. In addition, more than 50 of Georgetown’s national retailers and small businesses offer in-store promotions and special events throughout GLOW. Plus, getaway specials from Georgetown hotels help visitors to enjoy a night or weekend of Georgetown staycations during GLOW. Also, several local tour companies are offering more than 30 GLOW-inspired walking tours, tying the exhibition to history, food, photography, and art themes. Georgetown GLOW is presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District.
Tudor Place, one of the historic estates in Georgetown, will offer Candlelight Tours Commemorating the Christmas of 1899on December 11, 13, 17, & 19 for adults and history buffs ages 16+......reservations are required. Visitors can tour the mansion by “candlelight,” "view unique decorations and installations inspired by the holiday celebrations of 1899, hear family stories, and enjoy period refreshments in the Conservatory. In 1899, families in America celebrated not only the holidays, but the turn of a new century. That Christmas, four generations of the Peter family, who were the original owners of the house, gathered to mark the season together."
The Dance Institute of Washington The Spirit of Kwanzaa
The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) will present The Spirit of Kwanzaa at TheArc Theater in Southeast D.C. on December 20 & 21. Kwanzaa is a Winter Holiday Celebration that draws on the agricultural ceremonies of Africa with dance, music, and spoken word performances. The production will feature DIW's Pre-Professional students and guest performers and will honor the late Fabian Barnes, who was a dance innovator.
The Washington Revels will present the 2019 Christmas Revels: "Celestial Fools" at GW Lisner Auditorium, December 7-15. The event will celebrate the season with rousing carol sing-alongs, a mad-cap Twelve Days of Christmas, and dancing in the aisles with a cast of over 100, ages 9-90. Music from around the globe will be performed by Klezmer and world-music instrumentalists Seth Kibel (clarinet & flute), Vladimir Fridman (guitar), and Bob Abbott (string bass), with the tones of the Washington Revels Brass. A Winter journey will be led by Karim Nagi (Arabic drumming & dance), Shizumi Shigeto Manale (Japanese dance & theater), and Mark Novak (Jewish song), “as they share wit, wisdom, and even some Winter Solstice magic.”
The Washington Winter Antiques Show will take place at the Katzen Arts Center at American University, January 10-12. The event will feature more than forty outstanding antiques dealers, celebrity guests, dealer talks and more. The theme of the show will be Icons of America; George Washington and Beyond, presented by the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. The fine and decorative artworks shown will include iconic imagery of George Washington, eagles, and natural wonders that symbolized the new nation at home and abroad.