Friday on Grace Street: the opening party for “Georgetown Glow.” What s’more could you want? Other holiday-season events in Georgetown will take place at Yates Field House, House of Sweden, Washington Harbour, St. John’s Church and Jackson Art Center. Santa will touch down at College Park Airport on Saturday and he’s due for breakfast in Volta Park on Sunday. For more December events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
GU’s December Dash
Check-in for Georgetown University’s annual December Dash will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at Yates Field House, 37th and O Streets. Participants in the noon 5K run/one-mile walk should bring an ugly sweater, as well as $20 and three nonperishable food items for Capital Area Food Bank. To preregister (preferred), visit bit.ly/fall2019_decemberdash.
Sculptor Talk at Zenith
Sculptor Wilfredo Valladares will talk about his work on Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Zenith Sculpture Space, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Using bronze, wood, steel, cast iron, rolling pins and found objects, Valladares captures relationships between people and cultures in his work. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit zenithgallery.com or call 202-783-2963.
‘All Crafts Considered’ at NPR
Also on Friday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 8 p.m., All Crafts Considered, a fan-favorite holiday event in the NPR Lobby, 1111 North Capitol St. NE, will return after a two-year hiatus. The public is invited to an afternoon of shopping and holiday cheer, with unique gifts and homemade goods by local artisans. The Commons, NPR’s fan shop, will also be open. For details, visit npr.org.
Opening Party: ‘Georgetown Glow’
Georgetown’s seasonal installation of light art kicks off on Friday, Dec. 6, with the Grace Street Collective Holiday Party, offering s’mores, music and a pig roast from 4 to 8:30 p.m. The free event, in the Sweetgreen lot next to Dog Tag Bakery at 3206 Grace St. NW, is hosted by Grace Street Collective and Thyme Holdings. For details, visit georgetownglowdc.com.
Swedish Bazaar and Procession
House of Sweden, on the Georgetown waterfront at 2900 K St. NW, will host a Swedish bazaar — featuring crafts, books, Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware and Swedish delicacies such as “fika” and “glögg” — on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual St. Lucia procession will follow on the steps at dusk. For details, visit washingtondc.swea.org.
Santa Fly-In in College Park
With some help from the Prince George’s County Police Aviation Unit, Santa will fly into historic College Park Airport on Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon. The event, at the College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park, Maryland, also includes holiday arts-and-crafts and photographs with Santa. Admission is $5. For details, visit collegeparkaviationmuseum.com or call 301-864-6029.
Open Mic at Writer’s Center
All writers are welcome to share 4 to 5 minutes of their latest work of prose, poetry or spoken word at a free open mic event on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, Maryland. Sign-up starts at 1:30 p.m. and readings begin promptly at 2 p.m. For details, visit writer.org or call 301-654-8664.
Georgetown Chorale Holiday Concert
On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m., Richard Giarusso will lead a holiday concert by the Georgetown Chorale at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW, featuring “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Vaughan Williams and “Nänie” and “Song of Destiny” by Brahms. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. For details, visit georgetownchorale.org.
Washington Harbour Winterfest
At this year’s Winterfest at Washington Harbour, 3000 and 3050 K St. NW, on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., visitors can enjoy music by a live DJ, food and drink specials from local vendors, a performance by Georgetown University’s award-winning Figure Skating Club and “Tall Grasses,” the interactive light-art installation created by Geoffrey Hicks for “Georgetown Glow.” For details, visit thewashingtonharbour.com.
Holiday Card Making at Postal Museum
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, will host free holiday card workshops for all ages on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will provide a variety of papers, vintage stamps from around the world and other supplies. After making their cards, participants can visit the museum’s stamp store to send them out with a special Postal Museum postmark. For details, visit postalmuseum.si.edu or call 202-633-5555.
Volta Park Breakfast With Santa
Visitors to Georgetown’s Volta Park, 34th Street and Volta Place NW, on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon can meet Santa, take photos, munch donuts, draw pictures and catch up with neighbors. Admission is free. For details, visit voltapark.org.
Open Studios at Jackson Art Center
The Jackson Art Center, 3050 R St. NW, which provides more than 40 local artists with studio space in Georgetown’s historic Jackson School, will hold an Open Studios event on Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. In the studios, holiday shoppers will find affordable original paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and textiles. Admission is free. For details, visit jacksonartcenter.com or call 202-342-9778.
Mantegna Talk at National Gallery
As part of the National Gallery of Art’s Sydney J. Freedberg Lectures on Italian Art, Gabriele Finaldi, director of another prominent National Gallery of Art — the one in London — will speak about “Andrea Mantegna’s Stones, Caves, and Clouds” on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the gallery’s West Building Lecture Hall, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The free talk will explore how the realms of nature, art and antiquity are fused into the unique vision of Mantegna’s Renaissance world. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.
St. John’s Lessons & Carols
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW, will hold its Festival of Lessons & Carols on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. A reception with children’s activities will follow this beloved service of readings and music in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge. Admission is free. For details, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org or call 202-338-1796.
The Sweetback Sisters at AMP
Also on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m., the Sweetback Sisters will deck the halls at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland, with their modern take on the golden age of country. This family-style holiday show comes complete with songbooks, trivia and prizes. Tickets are $18 (table seating is $24 and $32). For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.