‘Light Up the Season’ Switches on the Yuletide

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Santa Claus with Paisley at the Four Seasons. Photo by Robert Devaney.

Christmas trees, wreathes, mantelpieces and a menorah greet visitors to the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown — all to benefit Children’s National Health System and to make everyone smile.

The festive decor — created by local designers who were paired with patients for inspiration — fills the lobby and some corridors of the hotel. A kickoff party at the hotel Nov. 29 was as festive as it was lively with light fare, Champagne and specialty drinks. Santa Claus was played by Tim Connaghan, also known as National Santa, who “has served in the Red Suit since 1969,” taking the lead for Toys for Tots and the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Of course, everyone wanted their picture taken with him.

The decorations are for sale and will be at the hotel through Dec. 20. They’re part of the family-friendly “Light Up the Season” party to be held Sunday, Dec. 3, for Children’s National. The fun-filled afternoon will include activities for all ages, such as cookie decorating, ornament making, a visit from Santa and Children’s National’s Dr. Bear mascot, musical performances and youth entertainers and a silent auction, plus light fare and libations. Guests will be encouraged to write holiday cards for Children’s National patients.

Design credits for the decor include:

Christmas Trees by
• Allie Mann and Alexandria Hubbard of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
• Annie Elliott and Christy Maguire of Annie Elliott Interiors
• Camille Saum of Camille Saum Interiors
• Charles Almonte of Charles Almonte Architecture/Interior Design
• Caryn Cramer of Caryn Cramer Interiors + Textiles
• Christopher Nutter of Christopher Nutter Designs/Pamela Harvey of Pamela Harvey Interiors
• Julia Walter of Boffi Georgetown/Brian Fell of B&B Italia Washington, DC
• Lena Kroupnik of Lena Kroupnik Interiors
• Nadia Subaran, Megan Padilla and Kelly Emerson of Aidan Design
• Quintece Hill-Mattauszek of Studio Q Designs
• Sarah Wessel of Sarah Wessel Designs
• Skip Sroka of Sroka Design
• Victoria Sanchez of Victoria at Home

Mantelpieces by
• Eleanor Niermann and Claire Niermann of Niermann Weeks
• Josh Hildreth and Tara Price of Josh Hildreth Interiors/Lisa Tureson of Studio Artistica
• Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Proxmire, Inc.
• Susan Nelson and Todd Martz of Home on Cameron

Wreaths by
• Laura Dowling, former White House florist/Ashley Greer of Atelier Ashley Flowers
• Nicholas Beck of Nicholas Beck Interiors

Menorah by
• Samantha Friedman of Samantha Friedman Interior Design.

Entertainment for the Sunday party at the Four Seasons will include cellist Benjamin Gates, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Choir, Blessed Sacrament Angel Choir, the British International School of Washington Performance Choir, Metropolitan School of the Arts, Reggie Rice Comedy Illusionist and harpist Victoria Paytonwebber. There will be a special guest appearance and meet-and-greet with Tina Pereira, first soloist from the National Ballet of Canada and owner of Ballerina Couture.

Tickets for the Dec. 3 event are $50 per child (12 and under) and $100 per adult. The price for a family of four (two adults and two children) is $250. For more information, visit childrensnational.org/lightuptheseason or email lightuptheseasondc@gmail.com.

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