Plus free Thanksgiving meals for first responders.
November 18, 2021
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Nice, Ice, Baby

It's just like riding a bike, if that were just like a baby deer trying to walk for the first time. Regain your ice legs at DC’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at The Washington Harbour, which opened yesterday for the 2021 - 2022 season!  Skating rentals are available every day until as late as 11 pm for both general admission and private events, including the holidays. Equipment will be disinfected after each 1.5-hour skating session, which won't improve your skills but will offer some peace of mind. Time to tee up those triple axels along the Potomac.

Fa La La La Local

Supporting local is the gift that keeps on giving, like the gingerbread candle your aunt gets you every year. No, wait, that's the gift she keeps on giving. Georgetown is participating in Small Business Saturday on November 27 - a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and strengthening and celebrating communities across the country. More than 300 small businesses call Georgetown home, comprising 60% of the commercial district’s restaurants and retailers. They are the heart of this community, and this year they need your support more than ever! Check out the Small Business Saturday specials from more than 35 participating Georgetown shops, restaurants, galleries, and services, and start mapping out your route. From 20% off purchases, to bonus gift cards, free ship-to-home services, bubbly while you shop, free appetizers, and more, there's a whole lot of local to love.

Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a...

...well, a couple dozen mice. This year, we’re kicking off the holiday season with five new gift guides, curated with some of Georgetown’s most unique and fabulous finds. Whether you’re buying on a budget, splurging, or looking for something unexpected, we have you - and your shopping lists - covered. Chocolate mice, CBD sex patches (you read that correctly), geode crystal bookends, virtual concert series tickets, skincare countdown calendars, pottery classes, Kamala holiday aprons, puffer jackets, Hanukkah boxes, flavored olive oil sets...the list goes on. Happy shopping!

Consider This Our Official Pitch to Hallmark 

We're one gingerbread competition featuring Lacey Chabert away from the setting of a holiday movie. Georgetown is always one of the city’s most festive neighborhoods, with lights along every rooftop and wreaths on every lamp post, and this year we're taking it up a notch. Georgetown Main Street is joining a city-wide holiday promotion called DC Holiday Lights, beginning tomorrow and running through Jan. 6. More than 25 businesses along Wisconsin Avenue will be decorating their storefronts for the holidays, competing for awards from Most Creative Use of Lights, to Most Georgetown, and Best Use of Merchandise. The public can vote for the People’s Choice Award through Dec. 10! View a map of the participating businesses and plan your holiday stroll around Georgetown. For more Merriment in Georgetown - including holiday markets, community bonfires, cookie tours, 25 days of cocktails, seasonal hotel packages, and more - check out the Holiday page on our website.

Wine Jello, Is it Me You're Looking For?

Don't threaten us with a good time. Stay in your sweats this winter and whip up some new meals (and gelatinous alcohol) from home, thanks a new community cookbook that was published just in time for the holidays. Over 150 Georgetown residents contributed to the book, featuring recipes ranging from aforementioned Wine Jello, to Zuni Sheet Pan Chicken, Yummy Vegan Cream of Chicken Soup, and Ginger Snaps. The cookbook has also incorporated some bits of advice and wisdom for cooking and entertaining, with a sophisticated leather cover and unique art by Georgetown-based artist Loulou Baker. The cookbook will be gift wrapped and each purchase includes a special black-and-white book plate designed by local artist Sidney Lawrence. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will be donated to Ewing’s Sarcoma research - a rare bone cancer - at Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital. Purchase your cookbook here!

Fighting Fires and Heavy Eyelids

Are we at all concerned the turkey will make them sleepy? Just asking. The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is inviting all of the city's first responders who are working on Thanksgiving to show up in uniform and board a 53-foot Mayflower truck in front of the Georgetown hotel between 11 am - 1 pm to pick up a free, gourmet Thanksgiving meal. Approximately 500 to-go meals will be prepared by talented Four Seasons Chefs and served up by over 30 passionate staff and community volunteers. To celebrate the 22nd anniversary of this event, Executive Chef Oliver Beckert has created a menu including slow-roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy and cranberry relish. The meal will be accompanied by over 100 assorted pies from the Hotel’s pastry team. For more Thanksgiving meal options, visit our Georgetown food & drink directory.

More Stories to Tell than a Taylor Swift Song

We won't rule out something involving Jake Gyllenhaal, either. If you love Federal period architecture, decorative arts, and learning about the history of Georgetown, take a tour of the City Tavern (3206 M St NW) on Friday, Nov. 19 from 12 pm - 1 pm. Docents from the City Tavern Preservation Foundation will lead you through all four floors of the City Tavern, one of oldest buildings in DC and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Highlights include a hand-written invitation by first lady Abigail Adams, a map of DC. from 1792, and much more. For another dose of local history, join tour guide Dwane Starlin for a Kennedys in Georgetown virtual walking tour on Sunday, Nov. 21  from 1 pm - 2 pm. You'll learn about the homes and neighborhood spots frequented by President Kennedy and Jackie during their years in Washington, including where they got engaged, and where Jackie stayed after JFK’s assassination. The recorded lecture will be followed by a live Q&A.

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