It’s the last weekend before Christmas, so get in your last minute shopping with this list of local and small businesses to support. Been holding out on a visit to see Santa? You can still have time to rent a Santa for a safe, socially-distant visit in your own backyard. Or check in with Holly the Elf for a virtual visit to the North Pole. Read on for more ways to fill your weekend while you count down to Christmas.

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Light Up the Night
It’s the last weekend to catch Zoolights Express (Dec. 19), so head to Ward 8 if you haven’t seen Panda Claws! Or check out the Winter Walk of Lights in Vienna. For a full list of the best places to see lights around the DMV, go here. Activity details.

A Ritzy Teddy Bear Tea
The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City is hosting a tea service with teddy bears! Teddy Bear Tea ($20/child; starting at $42/adult for afternoon tea service) includes a selection of children’s tea sandwiches, Chef’s sweet plate and hot chocolate or tea. Tea will be served every day from 12:00pm – 3:00pm during the month of December. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

I Spy an Elf
When you visit The Boro this Dec., keep an eye out for some hidden elves! There will be 5 elves placed throughout the property. Once you find an elf, post a photo on social media and tag @theborotysons to automatically win agift card AND be entered into a weekly raffle. You’ll also find oversized holiday packages glowing with lights; it’s the perfect backdrop for a holiday pic. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hire Santa to Come to You
Have a real-bearded Santa visit with you and your littles in the comfort and safety of your own backyard. Princess Parties brings Christmas to you with in-person visits starting at $150 for Santa or $250 for Santa and everyone’s favorite Snow Queen, Elsa (or any other Princess/Superhero). Fri.-Sun. Event deails. 


Get Into the Holiday Spirit with Holly the Elf
Join Holly, Santa’s Head Elf, for a FREE live story time on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. EST on Facebook. Other special guests include Fancy Nancy and Cindy Lou Who. You can also book personalized videos and special Zoom sessions with Holly the Elf. Fri. Event details. 

‘Twas the Night Reimagined
Studio East presents the delightfully entertaining Eastside holiday tradition, ‘Twas the Night… Reimagined, where chaos, craziness and cuteness reign. ‘Twas tells the famous poem through the eyes of, not only the humans involved, but the run-away mice, hungry cats, ‘hoofing’ reindeer and the Big Guy himself. This year’s ‘Twas the Night… will be a reimagined version touting a smaller cast and new characters, and it will all be happening virtually. Sat. Event details. 

A White Chocolate Workshop
Design and create a delicious white chocolate house during this virtual workshop, where all the supplies are shipped directly to your door. Order at least 5 days in advance to be sure your supplies will arrive on time. Sat. Event details. 

A FREE Musical Experience 
Finding Rhythm: A Journey Through The Musical Brain is a children’s musical that fuses brain science with an original score inspired by Washington DC’s Go-Go music. A Growing Brains Production featuring DC artists, Finding Rhythm gets children to listen, move, and sing in call and response—all while the whole family learns how rhythm grows the brain! Sat. Event details. 

Cooking with Santa
Santa is coming early this year to host a virtual cooking series featuring recipes straight from the North Pole! Gather around with the kids and make delicious Snowmen Pizzas and festive Holiday Cookies. Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers