Weekend Roundup , Dec. 21 – 25

With Christmas just around the corner, the Washington area is hopping with jolly activities this long weekend. We hope you celebrate the season joyfully, get to spend cherished time with close friends and family, and have a happy, healthful holiday!

Catch the Hip-Hop Nutcracker

The Music Center at Strathmore will be showing performances of “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker” today and tomorrow only. Follow Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they explore modern day New York City. The show features bits of the traditional Tchaikovsky score as well as a DJ, violinst, and more. More on how to get tickets can be found here.

The hip-hop Nutcracker will be at the Strathmore tonight and Friday only. Courtesy Strathmore.

Glow Happy Hour at Dog Tag Bakery

Celebrate Georgetown Glow at Dog Tag Bakery 2-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 7. Enjoy half-off pastries like muffins, scones, cinnamon buns, croissants and more. Grab a hot coffee too before you head out to enjoy Glow in all its glory. More information on Dog Tag Bakery can be found here.

Grab half-off pastries at Dog Tag Bakery before heading out to see Georgetown Glow this holiday.

Enjoy Christmas Dinner at Gerrard Street Kitchen in the Darcy Hotel

Gerrard Street Kitchen, the restaurant inside The Darcy Hotel, is serving a three-course Christmas meal with roasted winter vegetable salad, braised short ribs with red wine reduction, fava bean wild mushroom risotto and pumpkin spice crème brulee. Reservations begin at 2 p.m. and dinner is $65 per person. More information can be found here.

Brunch with the Grinch at Sequoia

The “Mean One” himself will be descending from Mount Crumpet to brunch Saturday at Sequoia at Washington Harbour. The grumpy green beloved Dr. Seuss character will be mingling with guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with brunch ending promptly at 3 p.m. (remember, The Grinch isn’t a big fan of people!) Bottomless tapas and free flowing cocktails will be available too for adult guests. More information on the event can be found here.

The Grinch will be appearing at Sequoia in Georgetown this weekend.

Celebrate the Holidays at Blues Alley

To celebrate the holiday season, Blues Alley is featuring a different festive act daily. The lineup from December 21 through 25 includes: Phaze II Holiday Show (December 21), Langston Hughes II “Not So Silent Night” (December 22 and 23), and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with Bryan Eng (December 24). More information on the holidays at Blues Alley can be found here.

Check out ‘Julia Peirone — I Am Not Blonde’ at House of Sweden

Swedish artist Julie Peirone explores young girls’ search for a sense of identity in a world influenced by social media. Her photos depict young women’s frustrations with today’s beauty standards and the demands placed on them by society. Peirone was born in Argentina and now lives and works in Stockholm. The exhibit will be open for viewing Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. More information can be found here.

A photo from the exhibit by Julia Peirone currently at House of Sweden.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Cut by Wolfgang Puck 

Cut by Wolfgang Puck at the Rosewood Hotel is featuring three-course prix-fixe Christmas Eve dinner ($195/person, $65/child age 10 and under). The menu features local burrata and prosciutto, Maine lobster bisque, roasted prime ribeye, salmon wellington, Bûche de Noël and more. More on how to make reservations can be found here.

A Christmas Eve spread for the ages at Cut DC.

Most Extravagant Hot Chocolate Ever at Bourbon Steak

It’s the holiday season—why not treat yourself? Bourbon Steak’s patio has turned into a festive wonderland, with three custom-built chalets. The chalets are selling a Macallan Hot Chocolate for $295. It features Macallan 18, a warm Macallan milk foam and Valrhona chocolate. It’s topped with a chocolate tree, edible gold leaf and marshmallow twigs from executive pastry chef AJ Thalakkat. More information on the chalets and hot chocolate can be found here.

Sample the most extravagant hot chocolate ever at Bourbon Steak this holiday season.

The Choral Arts Society Performs ‘O Night Divine!’

The Choral Arts Society is performing “O Night Divine!” on Christmas Eve at 2 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Don’t miss nostalgic carols (“Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” more) and a full orchestra. More information on how to get remaining tickets for the performance can be found here.

Extended? ‘As You Like It!’

The Shakespeare Theatre Company extended its run of “As You Like It” through Jan. 14, 2024. The play, adapted and directed by Daryl Cloran and conceived by Cloran and “Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival,” follows the free-spirited Rosalind as she’s exiled from court and escapes to an alternative community. The performances are set in the 1960s with lots of peace, love and flower power. More information on tickets can be found here.

“As You Like It” has been extended through Jan. 14 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.





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