Things to Do with Guests in Town

Water-Skiing Santa at the National HarborDo you have guests in town for the Holidays? Check out this listing of fun (and often FREE) things to do this weekend, December 23-26th.

Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Seasons Greenings – The annual holiday exhibition includes poinsettias aplenty and model trains swirling around plant based replicas of DC landmarks. Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave., SW Information: (202) 225-8333 Cost: Free

Friday, December 23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Saturday, December 24, 7:00 pm,
Sunday, December 25, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Hanukkah Wonderland – Oil press demonstrations, latke making, arts and crafts and games. On December 24 at 7, a Hanukkah party with live music, games and prizes. Wonderland takes place in Travilah Square Shopping Center. Location: 10066 Darnestown Rd. Rockville, MD Information: (301) 926-3632 Cost: Free

Friday, December 23, 6:00 – 10:00 pm & Saturday, December 24, 6:00 – 9:00
pm – Winter Lights Festival – A 3.5 mile drive featuring 380 illuminated displays and 60 animated vignettes that include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village and the North Pole. Proceeds benefit local charities. Special holographic glasses can be purchased for $2 per pair. Location: Seneca
Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd. Gaithersburg, MD Information:
(301) 258-6350 ext.120 Cost: cars $12-$15; limos $20; passenger vans
$30; buses $70

Friday, December 23 & Saturday, December 24 – Fair Oaks Mall Enchanted
Ice Palace – A winter wonderland of falling snow, interactive elements,
breath-taking footage of arctic animals and landscapes as well as
stories and fun facts plus a visit from Santa. Location: 11750 Fair Oaks,
Fairfax, VA Information: (703) 359-8300

Saturday, December 24, 8:00 pm – Good for the Jews: Putting the Ha!
In Hanukkah – A mix of music and comedy featuring Rob Tannenbaum
and David Fagin. Location: Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Information: (703) 255-1566 Cost: $20

Saturday, December 24, 1:00 pm – Seven Nights of Lights – Friars light and bless luminaria. The candles will remain lighted until New Year’s Eve. Location: Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE Washington, DC Information: (202) 526-6800 Cost: Free

Saturday, December 24, 1:00 pm – Water-Skiing Santa – Santa and his knee boarding reindeer water ski on the Potomac River along with the Flying-Elves, the jet-skiing Grinch and Frosty the Snowman in a dinghy. Sing-along with the Candy Cane Kids. Location: Waterfront Plaza, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD Information: (703) 280-1788 Cost: Free

Saturday, December 24, 1:00 pm – Choral Arts Society of Washington presents
Holiday Treasures from Russia – The Choral Arts Society of Washington’s artistic director, Norman Sribner, conducts a mix of Russian carols, Christmas classics, singalongs and popular holiday standards, with the 80-piece Ural Philharmonic Orchestra. Location: JFK Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW Washington, DC Information: (202) 467-4600 Cost: $15 – $65

Saturday, December 24, 8:00 pm – Chocolate Decadence – Feast on a buffet of chocolate, with hot chocolate from France, Mexico and Africa. Truffles, fudge, cookies, crepes and myriad other confections. Location: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St., NW Information: (202) 974-5566 Cost: $35 all you can eat

Sunday, December 25, 6:00 pm – All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam – Vibraphonist Chuck Redd hosts a concert with pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bass player James King and vocalist Delores Williams. At the Millennium Stage. Location: JFK Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW Information: (202) 467-4600 Cost: Free

Sunday, December 25, 1:00. 4:00 and 7:00 pm – Chinese food + Movies + Beer – Spend Christmas Day with a full spread of all-you-can-eat kosher Chinese food, beer tastings from He’Brew and a selection of choice films: The Princess
Bride, Spaceballs and The Big Lebowski (all of my favorites!). Location: Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St., NW Information: (202) 408-3100 Cost: $35

Sports: Saturday, December 24, 1:00 pm – Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings – FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD (Contact me about tickets, My Dad is selling his for $200 OBO).

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