While traveling around during the holidays might give you headaches, you can tour the globe effortlessly with these six embassy events happening in D.C.
Movie Night at the Mongolian Embassy When: Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. Where: Mongolian Embassy, 2833 M St. NW Price: Free
The Mongolian Embassy will show “Mujaan” (“The Craftsman”), a 2005 documentary about how one man follows the tradition of hand-crafting his home like Mongolian nomads have done for centuries. Refreshments will be served throughout and after the showing. Attendees can also buy wine by the glass. A free ticket is required to enter the embassy.
Animezing!: Ghost in the Shell at the Japanese Embassy
When: Dec. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where: The Japanese Information and Culture Center at the Japanese Embassy, 1250 18th St. NW, Suite 100 Price: Free
The embassy will host a screening of the film “Ghost in the Shell,” which was considered a feat in animation when it premiered in 1995. A recent adaptation of the film was released this year. The screening is a part of the Japanese Information and Culture Center’s retrospective called “Journey Through Anime: Celebrating 100 Years.” Tickets for the event are free but registration is required to enter the embassy.
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French Embassy Holiday Gala
When: Dec. 9, 8-11:30 p.m. Where: French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Road NW Price: $75 for general admission or $95 for the VIP Reception at 8 p.m.
The Holiday Gala is a night filled with drinks, dancing and desserts. For those who purchase VIP tickets, there will be a champagne reception at 8 p.m. and general admission tickets will be admitted into the gala at 9 p.m. All attendees must be at least 21 years old for the open bar, which will feature French wines. Show off your moves to a jazz band performance followed by a DJ playing dance hits. But save some energy for the buffet of decadent desserts from the embassy’s pastry chef -- including swan-shaped cream puffs with whipped cream and mini chocolate and coffee eclairs.
Winter Concert and Wine Reception at the Slovenian Embassy
When: Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m. Where: Slovenian Embassy, 2410 California St. NW Price: $40
Learn about Slovenia and listen to a winter concert from a saxophone and percussion duo coming from Slovenia to perform at the event. Stanislav Vidovic, the ambassador of Slovenia, is set to welcome guests with his opening remarks. Following the concert, guests can socialize with diplomats during a wine reception.
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Embassy of Bulgaria Dinner Reception
When: Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m. Where: Bulgarian Embassy, 1621 22nd St. NW Price: $65
From spinach pies to apricot rolls, the buffet of Bulgarian cuisine at the reception will be sure to fill the stomachs of all attendees. The dinner will feature an open bar along with the feast. Bulgaria’s traditions, including a performance from a folk dance ensemble, can help guests learn about the culture of the country.
Holiday Wines of Europe 101 at the French Embassy
When: Dec. 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Where: French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW Price: $50
The wine tasting will include samples from five different European countries -- all competing for the chance to be “crowned European champion.” Guests decide which wine will be the winner while learning from an expert about the dos and don’ts of wine tasting and pairing.