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PHOTOS: Georgetown GLOW Tucks Lighting Displays Into Neighborhood Crannies

Georgetown’s annual light art exhibition returns Friday, and this year you can check out the displays for a full month.

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Aether + Hemera
"On the Wings of Freedom," commissioned for 2014's Amsterdam Light Festival, is coming to DC for this year's Georgetown GLOW. The display features dozens of colorful glowing butterflies.
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Sam Kittner / Georgetown BID
Georgetown GLOW's art displays are located throughout the Georgetown commercial district along the C&O Canal, Grace Church and Wisconsin Avenue. Access is free. You can view the displays on their own, or take a tour with Georgetown GLOW’s curator Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
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Sam Kittner / Georgetown BID
Georgetown GLOW aims to juxtapose modern light-art against the neighborhood's historic backdrop. You can find a map of all the locations of the displays online here.
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Sam Kittner / Georgetown BID
Visitors of all ages can enjoy these free public light displays. This year’s event will also include a Silent Disco on Dec. 10 and a nighttime bike ride on Dec. 15. The bike ride leaves from Dupont Circle at 6:30 p.m., with a route covering many of the GLOW installations.
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Hiroshi Jacobs
Hiroshi Jacobs' display this year reuses materials from the National Building Museum's 2016 "ICEBERGS" exhibition. "Re-icicle," seen here, sits in HOK Plaza on Grace Street NW.
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Arthur Gallice
This rendering shows Arthur Gallice's six "Wired People" that will be installed in Georgetown's C&O Canal.
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Sam Kittner / Georgetown BID
Local GLOW artists hail from D.C., Baltimore and Norfolk, Virginia, and other participating artists have come from the United Kingdom, Shanghai and more.
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Sam Kittner / Georgetown BID
After you've toured Georgetown's holiday lights, strap on some skates at what's billed as D.C.'s largest outdoor ice rink. The Washington Harbour Ice Rink features views of the Potomac River and popular rink-side restaurants.
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Sam Kittner / Georgetown BID
Also in Georgetown, small businesses will face off in an annual holiday window competition. FIND MORE: Top 18 Holiday Displays & Ceremonies in the DC Area
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