What to Know
- Rainy weather will clear out Friday night, and temps will fall into the 30s
- Saturday will start dry but become increasingly cloudy. There's a 100% chance of rain by sunset
- Showers could linger into Sunday, but the skies will dry out through the day
The holidays are almost here, so take some time to get out and enjoy your weekend before the frenzy of shopping, cooking and entertaining begins.
— Check out our complete roundup of holiday markets in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
— News4's Jummy Olabanji has tips on picking out holiday gifts that will delight your friends and family.
— Don't worry: Bei Bei is settling into his new home in China nicely.
Over the Weekend
DC Cocktail Week
Through Nov. 24
Dozens of D.C. restaurants are offering a mixed drink and snack deal during DC Cocktail Week. Alhambra is offering an apple-maple cocktail served with maple and pecan-crusted pork belly — a $22 combo that screams fall. ARTECHOUSE is also offering a discount on admission and cocktails during this week.
There are participating restaurants throughout the city; find one here.
Enchant Christmas at Nats Park
Nov. 22-Dec. 29; Monday-Thursday 4:30pm-10:30pm, Friday-Sunday 4:30pm-11:30pm
This very special event at Nats Park will feature many spectacular Christmas amenities, including an ice skating trail, Christmas Market and what the event calls the world's largest Christmas Light Maze.
Dining options will include sweet treats, a custom Ben's Chili Bowl offering and more. If you're thirsty, stop by the Ice Bar and Lounge for drinks like spiked coffee, beer, mulled wine and other spirits and cocktails. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for children, but visit the website for deals and special offers.
Downtown Holiday Market
Nov. 22-Dec. 23, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Centered at 8th and F streets NW
One of D.C.'s largest holiday markets is open for the season.
A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre
Through Jan. 1
Ford's Theatre (511 10th St. NW)
The Christmas classic has returned to Ford's Theatre. Tickets start at $54.
Tree Lighting at Rockville Town Square
Nov. 22, 6-8:30 p.m.
Rockville Town Square
The holiday season will officially begin in Rockville on Nov. 22, when Rockville lights its Christmas tree. There will be live music and dance performances, merchant specials, and even special booths with games and activities.
Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
National Geographic Museum (1145 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036)
"Becoming Jane," an exhibit dedicated to famous chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall, is opening on Friday. Engage in a hands-on experience that teaches about human’s closest living relatives and the life of Goodall. Tickets range from being free for children under 5 years old to $15 for general admissions. Discounts are available for children aged 5 to 12 years old, seniors, students and military personnel.
Alexandria Cider Festival
Nov. 23, 1-5 p.m.
The Lloyd House (220 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314)
Offerings from 10 Virginia cideries will be available at this special tasting at in Alexandria. Though tickets are $45, they include tastings, a souvenir glass and special on-site music and talks. Make sure to dress for the weather because the festival will be taking place outdoors.
Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day
Nov. 23 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Rd., Arlington, Virginia 22207)
This special event commemorates the legacy of Jenn Lawson, a runner and mother who was passionate about providing high levels of care to expecting mothers with complicated pregnancies. The event itself includes the 5K, a kids' fun run, laser tag, community performances and other fun health-focused activities. Fun Day passes are $22.50 online, and 5K registration costs $34.50.
Cranksgiving: A Bike Scavenger Hunt
Nov. 23, 2019
Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, Virginia 22201)
Self-described as a “food and clothing drive on two wheels,” Cranksgiving is a choose-your-own-adventure-style bike ride than benefits the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network. Participants have three-hours to find, buy or do the items on the checklist and photograph their experience to score points. Make sure to head to their website to register for this free event.
Ice and Lights
Nov. 23, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cameron Run Regional Park (4001 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22304)
This Saturday, the Winter Village at Cameron Run transforms into an ice rink for the season. Warm up around fire pits with marshmallows or grab a slice of pizza. General admission tickets start at $5.
DC Blogger Closet Sale
Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
E-lofts (4501 Ford Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22302)
Spruce up your fall wardrobe with new-to-you clothes at the DC Blogger Closet Sale. You don’t have to be a member of the DC Blogger network to attend this curated clothing swap. Simply register for this free event to reserve your chance to select new items from this pop-up consignment shop.
Home Game Roundup
- The Wizards play the Hornets at 7 p.m. Friday at Capital One Arena
- The Capitals play the Canucks 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Capital One Arena
- The Redskins play the Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedExField
- The Wizards play the Kings 6 p.m. Sunday at Capital One Arena