What are you doing this week? We offer the highlights:
MONDAY, DEC. 12:
- Meet the Maker Mondays at El Centro D.F. (1819 14th St. NW) features an ambassador from a different distillery each week. Enjoy $10 tastings alongside authentic Mexican food. 6-7 p.m.; no cover.
- Boston-bred punk band Street Dogs take the stage at Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW), where you can catch tunes that embody the essence of working class punk. 8 p.m.; $15.
- Observe Green Monday with a trip to the Downtown Holiday Market (around 8th and F streets NW), where you can shop the work of a rotating group of about 60 regional artists, crafters and small businesses each day. You'll also find seasonal performances and treats. Dec. 2-23; noon-8 p.m. daily.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13:
- Join cookbook author Dinah Corley at Barnes and Noble (12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.) as she discusses how to wrap your edible gifts in style. She'll offer advice on how to wrap your craftily decorated cookies, pies or other edible goodies to look stylish and tasty way before the first bite is taken. 7:30 p.m.; free.
- Entertaining folks for the holidays? Make your way to Whole Foods Market (7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va.) for their Top Shelf Wine Tasting class, with a focus this week on Argentinian wines, and discover which will best suit your guests. 7-9 p.m.; $15 includes small bites.
- Join local author and mixologist Dan Searling at Eatonville (2121 14th St. NW) for this month's Food & Folklore dinner, Punch: What's Old Is New. Attendees will hear Searling discuss the history of punch, and demonstrate how you can make four unique and tasty punches of your own. Hors d'oeuvres, champagne punch and dinner will be served. 6:30 p.m.; $45-$55.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14:
- Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St. NW) partners with the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Foundation for a special comedy event featuring funnyman Kevin Anthony and a host of other comedians. Come out to this spectacular event filled with laughter and bring a new, unwrapped toy for a local child in need. 7:30 p.m.; $15.
- Want to know what to do with that hideous Christmas sweater that you didn't ask for last year? Head to Café Saint-Ex (1847 14th St. NW) for their Ugly Sweater Party. Bring out your tackiest sweater for a chance to win a $50 gift card and enjoy an evening of eggnog, Christmas cookies and nonstop tunes courtesy of DJ Soul Call Paul. 8:30 p.m.; free.
- NBC4's Eun Yang flips the switch at Rockville Town Square (200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville, Md.) to illuminate their tree. Go for horse-drawn carriage rides (available with the donation of a new toy or gift card to benefit the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission), catch performances by the Walter Johnson High School choir, Dawn Crafton Dance Studio and Rockville Musical Theater Center, and photo ops with Santa. 6:30-9:30 p.m.; free.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15:
- Sharpen your skates and head to Chanukah on Ice at Pentagon Row (1201 South Joyce St., Arlington, Va.) for an evening of skating, food and fun. Marvel at the lighting of event's giant Ice Menorah, snack on latkes and kosher hot dogs, and enter a raffle for the chance to win a flip video camera. $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes skate rental); 6-8:30 p.m.
- Shop discounted clothes and jewelry from up-and-coming designers, sip complimentary cocktails and score free beauty samples at Shecky's Girls Night Out, which comes to DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St. NW) but twice a year. this year’s event. 5-10 p.m.; Tickets $10 general admission; $35 admission with goodie bag (totally worth it).
- The Holiday Hairspray Happy Hour at Busboys & Poets (4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) brings together castmembers of Signature Theatre's "Hairspray," featuring live performances and giveaways. Performers from the theater's annual "Holiday Follies" cabaret will also share a song or two.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16:
- The DC Dreidel Championship at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (3935 Macomb St. NW) features an open bar, raffles, door prizes, live music, and a latke bar with a master chef. "If you can spin, you're in!" they say. 8 p.m.; free with RSVP.
- Head to the Kennedy Center (2700 F. St. NW) or Warner Theatre (513 13th St. NW) to see the classic holiday ballet "The Nutcracker" and try to figure out, once and for all, while people in the olden days thought kitchen utensils were good gifts for kids. Dec. 1-24 at Warner; $113-$123. Dec. 8-11 at the Kennedy Center; $123-$162.
- At Bull Run Regional Park (7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va.), check out some light displays and get in the holiday spirit with a winter carnival. The Bull Run Festival of Lights features penguins, elves and the big man himself, as well as Santa's Enchanted Lights -- a show set to holiday music classics like music from "The Nutcracker. The festival at the Winter Wonderland Holiday Village offers ice skating, shopping and even rides. Light show through Jan. 8. Carnival, Dec. 15-31 and Jan. 1. 5:30-9:30 p.m. weeknights; 5:30-10 p.m. weekends and holidays.
FIND MORE EVENTS:
- Holiday Markets
- Hanukkah Celebrations
- Tree Lightings and Displays
- Holiday Shows & Cultural Celebrations
- Christmas Parades
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