Holiday Market Cheer at the Four Seasons


The holiday season is a magical time of year in Georgetown – embellished wreaths line M street, lights are strung around window displays, and there’s a constant bustle of eager shoppers. It’s also a time to reflect and give back to the community we call home. This year, the Four Seasons Hotel is adding a holiday market to the repertoire of festive activities as part of their Light Up the Season event, which for the past five years has raised money for Children’s National Hospital.

Starting Friday, Dec. 3 and running through Sunday, Dec. 19, the courtyard of the hotel will transform into a winter wonderland complete with decked out market stalls for local vendors, a gourmet hot chocolate bar, and of course, a full-functioning snow machine.

The Georgetowner spoke with Marc Bromley, regional vice president and general manager of the Four Seasons: “Last July we sat down as a team to think of ways we could give back more to Children’s National Hospital and also create something really special for our community – the idea for a holiday market was born.”

The Light Up the Season market will feature a number of small business vendors from the Washington metropolitan area carrying a wide variety of unique goods from art and accessories to hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Ten percent of each purchase will go to Children’s National Hospital to support patients and their families.

Photo courtesy Four Seasons hotel.

While sipping hot chocolate or the specialty cocktail, guests can enjoy performances from local musicians who will be in attendance. Austin Phillips, director of marketing for the Four Seasons, told The Georgetowner, “What I know my kids will be most excited about is the live music. We have a great line-up of local musicians. Everyone from a beatboxer to a steel drum percussionist to a church youth choir.” Members from the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Music Center at Strathmore will be performing throughout each weekend to bring a lively atmosphere to the event.

An extra special part of Light Up the Season is the pairing of local designers with pediatric patients to design Christmas trees that are displayed in the lobby of the hotel. “One of the most incredibly rewarding components of Light Up the Season is working with our talented designers and creative patient artists,” says Christi Perez, co-chair of the event and member of the Founders Auxiliary Board of Children’s National Hospital. “Our patients shared their reflections of love of family, favorite hobbies and activities, colors that brighten their moods, and more — which led to the inspired designs that you’ll see adorning the lobby of the Four Seasons this year.”

Be sure to also check out Teddy Bear Tea on Dec. 11, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Bring the family for tea time and holiday cheer featuring dancers from the Metropolitan School of the Arts. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to Children’s National Hospital.

Light Up the Season encapsulates the spirit of the holidays, and with the anticipated addition of the holiday market, it is one not to miss!

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