Okay, you know how there are those people that absolutely hate it when they start to hear Christmas music in November? The same people that can’t stand to see Christmas lights, festivities and holiday sales out just before Black Friday? Well, this post is not for them.
No, my friends, this post is for those of us that get insanely giddy every time we start to hear the old school oliday music echo through the corridors of the mall. This is for those of us that are pushing 30 and still taking their pictures with Santa.
So if you’re one of the many out there who revel in the holiday spirit, then lucky for you we’ve brought you the most awesome seasonal holiday Thanksgiving/Christmas festivity list for this weekend. Why? Because you can’t wait.
‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Showing
Where: National Harbor
When: Saturday, November 25th from 2PM-4PM
Come on — you know you love it. You’ve seen it 1000 times but you still love it just as much every single time. What better way to kick off the holiday festivities than with this killer Dr. Seuss movie classic. So grab your chairs, your Santa hats, your PJs and some popcorn and meet us down at the Plaza on National Harbor for a FREE screening.
4th Annual City Center DC Holiday Tree Lighting
When: Saturday, November 25th at 6PM
Tomorrow marks the 4th Annual CityCenterDC Holiday Tree Lighting and you’d be absolutely insane to miss this awesome event if you’re a true-blue holiday lover at heart. CityCenterDC will unveil it’s mammoth of a 75-foot Christmas tree during this awesome ceremony which features a countdown by NBC4, a holiday concert and FREE festivities complete with holiday themed activities such as face painters and balloon artists. They also have a 25-foot reindeer and awesome lights down Palmer Alley. #winning
Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting with the Mayor + Bar Crawl
When: November 24th
Where: Town Square in Old Towne Alexandria
This awesome ceremony is full of all kinds of festivities not limited to your traditional tree lighting. The ceremony begins with the unveiling of the tree as well as live entertainment, free food and fun festivities.
But that’s not where it ends. You’ll get a whole lotta bang for your buck when you get entrance to the Guided Historical Ghost Tour complete with “Victorian-styel decorations and historic holiday tales” and an oh-so-creepy stop near the cemetery “for a few holiday spirits”.
Stops include Chadwick’s one of Old Town’s oldest and friendliest neighborhood hangouts, Bugsy’s Pizza, Fish Market Restaurant, Murphy’s and more. Obviously, the tour requires that you have a valid form of ID in order to join in on the fun. So if you’re feeling up to a fun-filled night of holiday spirits and nomz, head to the corner of King and Fairfax Street to get the party started.
Where: Smithsonian National Zoo
ZooLights is one of the most anticipated events (along with BrewLights) that’s hitting the District and you can partake in it this weekend. The FREE event features fun festivities such as live music, yummy tasty winter treats and holiday shopping experiences.
It also boasts an insane lights display comprised of 500,000 environmentally friendly LED bulbs (aweee). Even more fun is the opportunity for activities like Zoo Tubing, the National Zoo Choo-Choo train and Brew Lights (yes — you heard right — coming to you on the next edition of Weekend Hitlist).
Families will also be happy to hear of their Glow Zone, a “free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo’s Great Meadow”.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon (3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121)
Christmas at Mount Vernon. Could it get any more Washingtonian than that? George Washington’s estate definitely knows how to throw a holiday bash just as good as the rest of them. Starting this weekend you can hit up Mount Vernon for some awesome festivities.
There will be chocolate making from costumed interpreters in the lobbies from 12PM-4PM, holiday fifing (say what?), candelit dinner opportunities and much more. You can have holiday coffee and dessert with Martha Washington, check out the guided night-time estate tour and you’ll also get a chance to check out Aladdin, the Christmas camel because apparently, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to his guests back in 1787. Why? Because he was George Washington ya’ll.
Septim Webre’s The Nutcracker
Where: THEARC Theater (1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020)