Weekend Happenings in the DMV: December 5th-7th

With Thanksgiving over, we are officially in holiday mode all around the DMV! Be sure to get your holidays off to a good start by checking one of the great events out!

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Washington, DC Events:

2014 Tenley Winterfesttenley winterfest
Tenleytown, Washington DC

Time: Thru December 6th
Price: FREE
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the neighborhood of Tenleytown, DC has tons of events planned to help put you in the holiday spirit! Events include a Yeti Hunt, Winterfeast, sing-a-longs & more! The scavenger hunt will have you searching for yetis hidden in local businesses for a prize! The feast will include special deals at over a dozen Tenleytown restaurants! 

Downtown Holiday Marketdowntown holiday market
Penn Quarter, Washington DC
Time: Thru December 23 from 12pm-8pm
Price: FREE
The annual Downtown DC Holiday Market offers seasonal outdoor shopping with a festive atmosphere in the heart of Washington DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. The event features more than 150 exhibitors and artisans offering distinctive gifts for all along with food and live musical entertainment.

Hoppy Holidays Beer Festivalhoppy holidays
Union Market, Washington DC
Time: Saturday from 12pm-3pm, 4:30pm-7:30pm, 9pm-12am
Price: $40
Drink the District: Hoppy Holidays is designed for young professionals, novice beer drinkers, and connoisseurs alike! Hoppy Holidays allows beer aficionados to enjoy 3 hours of unlimited tastings of over 50 beers and unlimited full pours in addition to area food trucks and live entertainment. With a huge variety of different ciders & beers this event is sure to please any palate at a price point you can’t pass up.

Logan Circle Holiday House Tour
Logan Circle, Washington DC
logan circle holiday houseTime: Sunday from 1pm-5pm
Price: $30
The Logan Circle Holiday House Tour is an annual event that provides a walking tour of ten historic and contemporary homes in the neighborhood. The self-guided tour gives participants an up close view of the architecture, interior design, and art in some of Washington DC’s most interesting properties. 

Smithsonian Holiday Festival 2014
Museums on the National Mall, Washington DC
smothsonian holiday festivalTime: Friday and Saturday from 10am-5:30pm
Price: FREE
The Smithsonian is hosting the annual two-day holiday festival with special events at the museums on the National Mall. The event features family-friendly entertainment including concerts, seasonal films, Mars Chocolate demonstrations, holiday photo opportunities, trunk shows, book signings, and more! Bonus: a Holiday Shuttle will loop around the National Mall every 10 minutes, providing transportation to the participating locations.

Maryland Events:

Holiday Bazaar
8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City
holiday bazaarTime: Saturday from 10am-5pm
Price: FREE
Along with 40+ booths will be free sign language classes, kid’s activities, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. A ‘Signing Santa’ will be available for pictures with the kids. Benefits programs sponsored by the PTCA at MSD-CC. To Benefit the Maryland School for the Deaf. 

28th Annual Holiday Open House –Linthicum, MDholiday open house linthicum
Benson –Hammond House, Linthicum
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 1pm- 5pm
This year the theme is “Memories of Christmas Morning”. The Benson-Hammond House will be beautifully decorated for the season with vintage toys in every room and the Polar Express Train under the Christmas tree. Enjoy punch and cookies, tour the house and browse through the Museum Shop.

Symphony of Lights
symphony of lightsSymphony Woods
5050 Symphony Woods Rd, Columbia

Time: Wednesdays-Mondays thru January 4th, 6pm-10pm
Price: $20 per car
The Symphony of Lights, a holiday tradition delighting all ages, is a dazzling, 20-30 minute drive-through display of more than 75 larger-than-life light creations illuminated by a fantasy of color, design, and animation.

ICE! At the Gaylord ft. Frosty the Snowman
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor
ice at the gaylordTime: Thru January 4
Price: $27-34 for adults, $20-28 for children 3-11
The region’s must-see holiday attraction ICE! is back with an exciting new theme featuring Frosty the Snowman! The story of Frosty is brought to life in more than two million pounds of colorful ice. Patrons can walk through the classic Christmas story, slide down 2-story tall ice slides and watch artists as they create these frozen marvels in the live carving zone at The Frostbite Factory.

Virginia Events:

Christmas at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernonchristmas at mount vernon
3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Highway, Mt. Vernon
Time: Thru January 6th
Price: $15 Adults, $7 children
Themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon replica, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, and 18th-century dancing will be offered. Visit Aladdin, George Washington’s Christmas Camel, take special Mansion tours, and make a Chocolate Toast to Christmas.

Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights holiday boat parade
Alexandria Marina, Alexandria
Time: Saturday at 5:30pm
Price: FREE
At sundown, following the full day of events of the Scottish Christmas Walk parade, Alexandria’s harbor lights up as more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic Potomac waterfront. This year, DC media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM will be the parade announcer!

Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long holiday sing along
Wolf Trap, Vienna
Time: Saturday at 4pm
Price: FREE
Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s Holiday Sing-A-Long.  This annual musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area.

Manassas Christmas Parade
Old Town, Manassas
Time: Saturday at 10am
Price: FREE
See amazing floats, local celebrities, live performances, marching bands, equestrians, animated characters, giant balloons, and Santa at the Manassas Christmas Parade. The parade route begins at Mathis Avenue and concludes at the intersection of Center Street and Grant Avenue. Enjoy enchanted Christmas stories at the Train Depot from 2-5 p.m.
manassas christmas parade

Christmas in Middleburg 
Time: Saturday from 8:30am-6pm
Price: varies per event
Join friends, family and neighbors for all the Christmas in Middleburg christmas in middleburgevents! The spectacular Middleburg Hunt will kick off the day with 100 horses, riders in red coats and dozens of hounds marching through the town. The Christmas Parade will follow with a unique assortment of floats, marching bands, local community groups, antique fire trucks, and a variety of animals. Throughout the day there are also hayrides, choir performances, the Garden Club’s Christmas Flower & Greens Show and their Craft Show and a Wine Crawl at the end of the day.

Let it ROW let it row
Pentagon Row, Arlington
Time: Saturday from 5pm-8pm
Price: FREE
Don’t miss Pentagon Row’s 2nd annual winter spectacular Let it ROW! This winter celebration will feature an on-ice firework display, entertainment, music DJ Saucee, a s’mores station benefiting SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), a $1000 shopping spree giveaway and so much more! Pentagon Row has a full-size Ice Rink, fireplace, cozy seating, and Penguin Skate Aids!

Concerts at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Cher: D2K Fall Tour, Verizon Center, Saturday *CANCELLED*

Theatre at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Donnie and Marie: Christmas at the National, National Theater, Friday thru Sunday
  • Shear Madness, Kennedy Center, Friday and Saturday
  • The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker, Friday thru Sunday

Sports at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Washington Wizards vs Denver Nuggets, Verizon Center, Friday
  • Washington Redskins vs St. Louis Rams, Fed Ex Field, Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

Duration:  115 min.
Genre: Drama, Adaptation
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.
Starring:  Reese Witherspoon, Tomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman

Top Fivetop five
Duration:  95 min.
Genre:  Comedy
Tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.
Starring:  Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove


Dying of the Lightdying of the light
Duration:  95 min.
Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé uncovers evidence that Lake’s nemesis, the terrorist Banir has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy.
Starring:  Nicholas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irene Jacob


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