There is less than two weeks to get everything crossed off your Christmas to-do’s. If you want to skip the mall frenzy, there are a number of holiday markets and craft fairs to hunt for those extra-special people on your list. Or you can head to one of these mom & pop shops for unique gifts. Have time for some seasonal fun? Head to Annapolis for some waterfront fun. Or get cooking with a family-friendly latke class in DC. Happy holiday countdown!
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IN THE CITY
H Street Corridor
Holiday Step Show
Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town! This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman. Over the last eight years, this internationally-renowned percussive dance company has created a contemporary holiday tradition at the Atlas, featuring friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops, and even a dance party. Why celebrate the holidays sitting still when you can step with Step Afrika! Fri. Event details.
Infant Investigators: Winter Animals
The weather is cold and your infant is likely noticing the changes in temperature. Our workshop will focus on this shift in their environment and introduce you child to animals that are good at keeping warm during these cold months. Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History. Sat. Event details.
Season’s Greenings Holiday Show
Explore the botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year’s Season’s Greenings holiday show. Plant based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room.These will include iconic gardens scenes like Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s vibrant red Japanese torii gate, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ flamingo topiaries, Missouri Botanical Garden’s famous Climatron conservatory, and Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Rocket Gardenfeaturing NASA space nodes and rockets! The Conservatory will be filled with thousands of flowers, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. The collection of DC landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, and the West Gallery will feature a decorated tree with its own model train. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Make Room for Latkes
Chanukah is coming and with it, eight nights of family fun! Bring your family for hands-on Chanukah activities including crafts, cooking, singing, stories, latkes, mitzvah (good deed) projects and take-home goodies. It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children ages 2 and older. Tickets will be $18.00 per family at the door. Sun. Event details.
Upshur Street Craft Fair
Find the perfect gifts this holiday season when you shop local at the Upshur Street Craft Fair, featuring 50+ DC-area artisans, makers, and food vendors. Pop by Willow (843 Upshur Street NW) to browse this year’s amazing Gingerbread House Contest entries. New this year, relax with friends & family in the Pop-Up Holiday Lounge while enjoying a little boozy eggnog, hot chocolate, and delicious wintery treats. Sat. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Alexandria Choral Society Holiday Program
This joyful program features Will Todd’s Among Angels, a setting for choir and two harps, evoking images of “angels in flight.” A number of traditional holiday carols and works by composers like Elizabeth Poston (Jesus Christ the Apple Tree), Susan Labarr (Huron Carol), and Herbert Howells (Magnificat ‘Collegium Regale) will ease you into the winter season ahead. This program will also include a matinee offering. This season marks the 50th Anniversary for the Alexandria Choral Society. Sat. Event details.
Winter Fest at Parkridge Center
Enjoy the third annual Winter Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family-friendly festival will feature winter-themed games, holiday music, a festive carriage ride, cookie decorating and a Meet & Greet with Mr. Claus himself! Be sure to secure your (free) tickets online in advance. Sat. Event details.
Board a streetcar or take a trolley ride—or a zillion; they’re unlimited with admission—in between watching the toy trains or taking a docent-led tour of the exhibits. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Eastport Yacht Club Parade of Lights
For something a little tamer than the other boat parades, head to Annapolis to see how folks have bedazzled their watercraft, decks and balconies with holiday spirit. Hang out to see who wins the awards for various decorating categories.While you are in the area, be sure to stop by Lights on the Bay. Sat. Event details.
Kris Kringle Procession
Celebrate Old World Holiday magic with this walking procession featuring German and English characters of yesteryear. The procession concludes at the Baker Park Band Shell for a closing ceremony and lighting of the City Christmas tree and a concert of the Carillon Bells performed by City Carillonneur John Widmann. Fri. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers