The Ultimate Thanksgiving Weekend Roundup 


Happy Thanksgiving! For those staying in town this weekend, we put together a smorgasbord of great options for the whole family, close friends or just for a solo jaunt. Whether you don’t feel like cooking or want to join a Turkey Trot, there’s something for everyone. Have a festive and joyous holiday weekend!

Thursday November 25: 

Feast at Area Restaurants 

Don’t want to cook? We get it. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at area restaurants. Rosewood’s CUT by Wolfgang Puck is offering both to-go and sit-down options (their mac and cheese with aged Vermont cheddar is life-changing!) There’s also the traditional meal at Martin’s Tavern, either dining in or picking up. You can make Thanksgiving “extra special,” as Martin’s says, by adding cocktails like spiked apple cider with Crown Royal Regal Apple or Salted Caramel and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

For Thanksgiving or the long weekend, maybe try CUT DC from Wolfgang Puck. A roast turkey from CUT DC. Photo from CUT DC Facebook page.

It’s Not Too Late to Join a Turkey Trot! 

Are you a fitness buff? Or, will you perhaps be less guilty if you exercise before your turkey dinner? Either way, you can join a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot like the 20th Annual So Others Might Eat (SOME) 5K Thursday at 10 a.m. There’s even a Little Turkey 1-Miler for kids to participate too. As of press time, SOME was just ten thousand dollars from their $500,000 goal. More information on the Turkey Trot can be found here.

Are you a first responder? You may want to read this.

Approximately 500 Thanksgiving dinners will be prepped by the Four Seasons culinary team and offered to DC first responders in uniform on Thanksgiving Day. The 22nd annual Thanksgiving on the Mayflower will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the front drive of the Four Seasons Hotel in DC—look for the Mayflower moving truck!

Friday November 26: 

A Christmas Carol is Back in Town 

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale returns to Ford’s Theatre this weekend through December 27. Take the whole family (ages 5+) to the 75-minute show that features a reimagined production with traditional Christmas carols and new staging. The popular Craig Wallace returns as the grinchy Scrooge who meets specters who teach him a lesson or two. Get tickets to the show here.

Don’t be a scrooge. Take in A Christmas Carol this year! The most recent Christmas Carol production. Photo of Craig Wallace and Rayanne Gonzales by Carol Rosegg.

Walk Through Georgetown Main Street’s Holiday Lights 

Bring the whole family to Georgetown Main Street’s Holiday Lights — local businesses will be decorated with twinkling holiday lights through Jan. 6. Check out holiday events, activities and promotions throughout the month. You can even vote on your favorite light displays through Dec. 10. The effort is part of a citywide “DC Holiday Lights” project that encourages people to shop small and explore D.C. for the holiday season. More information on Holiday Lights can be found here.

Saturday November 27: 

Shop Small This Saturday 

Support the vibrancy of Georgetown’s marketplaces on Small Business Saturday! Thankfully, Georgetown has plenty of small businesses to support. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, nephew or best friend, there is something for everyone in town. Shop: Made in DC is tailor made for charming local gift ideas. Gorgeous oil paintings at Calloway Fine Art & Consulting, luxurious makeup sets at Bluemercury, Compass Coffee’s holiday blend are all to be discovered and loads more. Read more about our neighborhood’s small businesses and the history of Small Business Saturday here.

Browse the Market Stalls at the Four Seasons Hotel

Shop the Holiday Market, opening on Nov. 27, on the front courtyard of Georgetown’s Four Seasons Hotel. Enjoy market stalls that feature unique gifts and culinary offerings created by the hotel’s craftspeople and local artisans. A percentage of each purchase is donated directly to Children’s National Hospital. Stop by on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. More on the market can be found here.

Take in Georgetown GLOW One Last Time 

Georgetown GLOW’s summer edition ends this Tuesday after an extension. There’s no better way to get into the holiday season than seeing the sparkling lights around the neighborhood. The event is the region’s only curated outdoor public light art experience. GLOW is celebrating its seventh year this year, running in the spring and summer. More on GLOW can be found here.

Sunday November 28: 

Missing the Smithsonian Zoo Lights? Head to Maryland! 

Take the family on a mini road trip to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to see their Zoo Lights running now through Jan. 2. There are walk-through options that include steaming cups of hot chocolate and free train and carousel rides (weather permitting). You can also visit the zoo via a drive-through option after hours, checking out the 100,000+ LED lights that adorn the zoo this holiday season. Walk-through tickets are $28 and driving tickets are $33. More information on tickets can be found here.

Venture Out to Find Your Perfect Christmas Tree 

Visit local tree stands to pick your perfect spruce or fir. There’s Dan and Bryan Trees which opens Saturday, the Olde City Farm & Garden on Rhode Island Ave. NW and others to keep an eye out for in the area. Just make sure there’s no squirrel inside!

Come home with the perfect Christmas tree! A Dan and Bryan Christmas tree stand. Photo from their Facebook page.

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