Plus an art exhibition opening.
December 9, 2021
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Skip the Hairspray for This One 

It's been another dumpster fire of a year, so time to celebrate with an open flame! Warm up at the annual Grace Street Bonfire on Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 pm – 8 pm. Stop by the lot at 1044 Wisconsin Ave NW and enjoy free food, drinks and treats from nearby restaurants and bakeries including Bakeshop, sweetgreen, Chaia and Dog Tag Bakery, plus live music and a cozy fire to make s’mores. If you're in Georgetown for the weekend, keep the seasonal celebrations going at Free People's special holiday marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 pm - 5 pm at 3009 M St NW. Shop local makers, artists, reinventors, and trailblazers, featuring Insomnia Vintage & Fully Bloomed Shop. You'll also have the chance to win a $50 gift card from Free People. Check out our calendar for more Georgetown holiday happenings!

HR Directors Gone Wild

Thoughts and prayers for the piano player fielding 2 am requests for Mariah's All I Want for Christmas Is You. We thank you for your service. Grab your co-workers or friends and head to Georgetown Piano Bar (3287 M St NW) for a holiday party full of Pinot and pitch-perfect sing-alongs led by dueling piano players. Book a private party, or join in on the fun with everyone else; happy hour is from 5 pm - 7 pm, and the bar is open until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Near the waterfront, Mr. Smith's of Georgetown (3205 Water St NW) is hosting holiday sing-alongs on Fridays and Saturdays. Request your favorite, or sing one of your own on the guest mic. Outdoor heaters and hot drinks are also available outside. If you'd prefer a side of shopping with your soundtrack, Brazilian jazz duo Carlos & Victoria will be performing on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 3 pm - 6 pm at VIVA VIDA, inside Concept 31/M (3077 M St NW). Take 10% off the brand's jewelry during the event. 

Gifts for When You Really Start to Panic 

Sir, step away from the Amazon cart full of things she definitely does not want. (We're looking at you, basket of random lotions.) Repeat, step away from the Amazon cart. We've got you covered this year with five new gift guides that are curated with some of Georgetown’s most unique and fabulous holiday finds. Our Buying on a Budget gift guide includes items that won't break the bank but will break the mold, like Lost in Translation (above) from Bridge Street Books, which brings to life more than 50 words that don’t have direct English translations - such as the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee. Other curated items include homemade Baked&Wired granola, a DC winter tea towel, small landscape paintings, succulent planters, ceramic coffee scoops, and all the baked goods you can handle. Start shopping!

Too Many Cookbooks in the Kitchen

So many recipes to try, so little energy for anything beyond the air fryer. For those who aren't on a first-name basis with the Uber Eats drivers, join Foxtrot (1267 Wisconsin Ave NW) tonight from 5 pm - 7 pm for an evening of drinks, bites and a Q&A with New York Times bestselling author Carla Lalli Music. For the first time ever, the store is closing for an exclusive evening with the culinary queen herself. Grab a drink and a bite and join them for an up-close-and-personal Q&A, led by Jessica Sidman, Food Editor at Washingtonian magazine, as they talk all things tasty and Carla's new cookbook, That Sounds So Good. Guests will receive their very own copy and custom tote filled with goodies. Get your tickets now! In other cookbook news, Sid and Ann Mashburn is hosting a book release party for Georgetown Cooks, Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 am - 1 pm at 3251 Prospect St NW. More than 150 Georgetown residents contributed to the book, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Ewing’s Sarcoma research - a rare bone cancer - at Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital. Grab your copy on Saturday and enjoy coffee, libations, Georgetown Cooks baked goods and holiday shopping. RSVP to

The True Spirit of the Season: Winning

All is not calm but all is bright. You only have one day left to cast your vote for your favorite DC Holiday Lights display in Georgetown! More than 25 businesses along Wisconsin Avenue decorated their storefronts as part of this city-wide holiday promotion (and competition), and voting for the People's Choice Award closes on Dec. 10. Use this map to take a stroll throughout Georgetown and see the lights, then cast your vote here for your favorite storefront and have the chance to win one of several prizes donated by our local businesses. And be sure to vote today for Georgetown for the DC corridor with the best decor!

Good Luck Finding Gloves that Fit

Sometimes you have to forgo comfort for fashion, even if that means hypothermia on one exposed but fabulous finger. Stop by Jewelers'Werk Galerie (3319 Cady’s Alley) on Saturday, Dec. 11 for the opening of its new exhibition, Blossom in the Night. The show features the work of artist-jeweler Violeta Adomaitytė, and includes rings, necklaces, and earrings inspired by her encounters with nature. Primarily utilizing silver, enamel, mother of pearl, gold, and the occasional gemstone, Violeta uses a minimalist, geometric approach to her botanical subjects, and juxtaposes delicate flowers and leaves with strong, solid stems and foundations. The exhibition is open through Jan. 7 during gallery hours, or by appointment. 

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