Plus more gift guide items and our holiday window competition.
December 17, 2020
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Chasing that Exorcism High

Much as we love being known for some projectile pea soup and a priest tumbling down a flight of steps, Georgetown is ready to claim some more Hollywood fame. Two years after it filmed in the summer of 2018, Wonder Woman 1984 opens on Christmas Day in theaters and on HBO Max, and features several scenes shot in Georgetown. From the iconic old Georgetown theater (above), to the nostalgic Commander Salamander and the Canal, we're representing on the big screen. We have a social media contest we'll be starting on Monday for the chance to win some great Wonder Woman prize packages, so stay tuned via our Instagram and Wonder Woman website page for all the details. (Photo credit: Chris Buckler)

No Pane, No Gain

It's time to cast the second-most important vote of the year. OK, third, after favorite song off the new T. Swift album. (The correct answer is Gold Rush.) You have until noon on December 31 to help pick the winner of our Georgetown "Silver Linings" Holiday Window & Streatery Competition. More than 25 participating windows and streateries will be decorated throughout the month, and you can vote in person via QR code or online via Facebook for your favorite display. Vote in person and you'll have the chance to win $100, too! A competition map and link to our Facebook album are available on our Holiday Window Competition page. Plan your own stroll, or join DC by Foot for a Georgetown History & Holiday Lights 1.5-hour walking tour. Tours run daily at 6 pm, and are name-your-own-price with a $3 booking fee Wednesdays – Saturdays, and $26 per person Sundays – Tuesdays. 

Oh, Bring Us Some...Figgy Pudding?

Or maybe just a history book, since our understanding of all things "Christmas in Olden Times" seems to be solely from A Christmas Carol.  Brush up on your holiday knowledge and join Dumbarton House to learn about the history and celebration of Christmas during the Federal period. Enjoy a recorded tour and at-home craft, or select a private, guided tour of Dumbarton House with a member of the museum staff. All donations help sustain Dumbarton House and their mission of education and historic preservation. A $5 donation is suggested for access to the Dumbarton House Christmas Tour video, with packages going up from there. Click here to purchase tickets, available through December 25.

"Don't Get Me Anything" and Other Lies

It's a trap, people! Everyone wants gifts, and statements to the contrary are not to be believed. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, need a last-minute gift for the final nights of Hanukkah, or have simply made it to December 17, 2020 in one piece, our holiday gift guides are here to help you find the perfect present for each person on your list (even if that person is you). From sticking to a budget, to blowing it, there are items for every price point and interest - all curated from Georgetown's favorite stores and restaurants. We even have some new gift additions since last week, including a Treat Dough'self Pack of mini cookie dough jars, because the universe still provides. Check out all of our guides here!

Rounding Out That Work-From-Home Lewk

"Oh, this old thing?" you say as you casually tuck your hair behind your ear during that Monday morning Zoom call, your new bracelet giving off big Queen Elizabeth energy. Jewelers'Werk Galerie is presenting a special holiday show of artist jeweler Petra Class’s latest collection, on display through December 31 at 3319 Cady's Alley. A classically trained goldsmith from Germany, Petra uses ancient techniques to transform vibrant precious stones and high-karat gold into modern, sculptural pieces. The exhibition is open during gallery hours: Monday through Saturday, 12pm - 5pm, or by appointment. 

Three Words: Scholastic Book Fair

If you're a child of the 80s or 90s, your heart is currently RACING. While it's impossible to fully recapture the unadulterated joy of that experience, you can wax nostalgic at Carpe Librum. The pop-up bookstore at 1353 Wisconsin Ave NW is offering bookstore takeovers for you and up to three guests, where you can safely browse their stacks and go on your own private shopping spree. For a minimum total purchase of $100, groups will have exclusive access to Carpe Librum for up to one hour. Your group can take home a total of up to 25 gently-used books of any genre, all covered by the upfront fee—with additional books at a significant discount. Sales benefit the DC nonprofit Turning the Page. Book your experience today, then pile into Mom's mini-van and getting ready to LIVE.

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