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For Your Weekend: Cheers to the Holidays

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The days are getting shorter and the sun is setting earlier, but holiday lights are brightening the D.C. area as winter settles in. Between the beginning of Hannukah, ZooLights, the Holiday Boat Parade and endless markets, it's a good weekend to feel the spirit of the holidays. 

    — Holiday markets where you can pick up that special, locally made gift:

    — Free and cheap things to do in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

    Here are our top picks for your weekend:

    Holiday Boat Parades: 
    DC: Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Wharf
    Alexandria: Activities start at 2 p.m.; Boat Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m.

    The waterfront holiday tradition is back! Whether you're on The Wharf or the Alexandria waterfront, enjoy a parade of decked-out boats floating through the Potomac.

    Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade

    In Alexandria, you can view the boat parade from Founders Park, Alexandria City Marina, Waterfront Park, Shipyard/Harborside Park and Ford's Landing Park. Festivities and fun activities begin earlier in the day. Stop by Torpedo Factory Art Center between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to meet Santa and catch live music. Dolci Gelati is rolling out a hot chocolate bar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you fancy a drink, Vola's Dockside Grill and Port City Brewing will both have pop-ups from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    D.C. Holiday Boat Parade

    On The Wharf, activities including a waterfront beer garden, s'mores and music start at 6 p.m. The parade kicks off at 7 p.m. and fireworks go off at 8 p.m.

    Georgetown GLOW Light Art Experience: Opening Week
    Opens Saturday at 5 p.m., Georgetown

    Georgetown's annual holiday light display GLOW! is up and running.

    Miracle on Seventh Street Pop-Up Bar
    All weekend, 1843 7th St. NW

    Miracle on Seventh Street, aka the Christmas bar, has reopened for the season. This year, the Shaw pop-up bar celebrates D.C.'s famous pandas and has a room designed to look like the inside of a New Year's Eve ball. It's free to enter. Specialty cocktails cost about $12.

    'Tis the Season: Christmas Pop-Up Bar Reopens'Tis the Season: Christmas Pop-Up Bar Reopens

    Miracle on Seventh Street, aka the Christmas bar, has reopened for the season. This year, the Shaw pop-up bar celebrates D.C.'s famous pandas and has a room designed to look like the inside of a New Year's Eve ball. Go here to see photos of the bar

    (Published Friday, Nov. 23, 2018)

    Smithsonian Holiday Festival
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., National Museum of American History

    Cooking demos, holiday movies, crafts and a crash course on the history of chocolate are sure to please anyone in the holiday mood this weekend. The event is free, except for film screenings.

    Best of Winter

    ICE! featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas
    Through Jan. 1, National Harbor

    National Harbor's wintertime wonderland is taking inspiration from Charlie Brown this year. Bundle up and check out colorful ice sculptures, ice slides, walk-through attractions and a full Nativity scene. Tickets are discounted when you buy in advance online. On Value Days, tickets start at $32 for adults. On General Admission days, including most Saturdays and Sundays, tickets are $38 for those over 12 and $31 for kids over 4 years old.

    ICE! Transforms Into 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'ICE! Transforms Into 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

    Stunning ice sculptures will transform into Charlie Brown and the gang at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland, this holiday season. This year's theme, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," will feature scenes from the iconic Christmas special. ICE! will be open Nov. 16 through Jan. 1, 2019.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018)

    LightUP Fest at One Loudoun
    Through Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., One Loudoun Center in Ashburn, Virginia

    The One Loudon Center went all-out this year, bringing in more than a million lights building a Chinese-style pagoda, replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, and more. You'll find 77 different installations, as well as performances each night from acrobats, dancers and musicians, food available for purchase, and hands-on activities including calligraphy, portrait sketching and rice carving for all ages.

    Photos: LightUP Fest Brings 1 Million Lights to Loudoun Co.Photos: LightUP Fest Brings 1 Million Lights to Loudoun Co.

    Winter Igloos at The Watergate
    Throughout winter, 4 p.m.to 11 p.m., The Watergate Hotel

    Reserve a cozy igloo on the rooftop of the hotel to hang outside with your friends over food and drink.

    You'll Melt for The Watergate's Cozy Rooftop IgloosYou'll Melt for The Watergate's Cozy Rooftop Igloos

    Ice Skating

    Many rinks across the area are letting skaters lace up. Here's a full list.

    ARTECHOUSE New Nature by Marpi

    Ticketed daily through Jan. 13, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW

    The interactive art space's newest exhibit takes you outside. Timed tickets cost $15 for adults.

    'New Nature' Exhibit Gives High-Tech Look at the Outdoors'New Nature' Exhibit Gives High-Tech Look at the Outdoors

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