4 FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER NIGHTS

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Photo by Radiator

It’s hard to get bored in a city like Washington, but long December nights can make it hard to muster the motivation to get out of the house. These are some events to plan for once the sun goes down.

Go Ice Skating

If you’re looking to stay active in the cold, swing by one of the city’s scenic ice rinks. The famed Watergate Hotel has a rooftop rink with hot drinks and snacks along with views of  much of D.C. Nearby, there’s the Washington Harbour ice rink, a good base location for shopping and exploring the streets and lights of Georgetown. Or gather at the National Gallery of Art for a session at the popular sculpture garden ice rink, overlooking the National Archives. 4 FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER NIGHTS

GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT MIRACLE ON 7TH STREET

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The holiday season is a time for friends, family and feeling festive. One of the best spots to do that in Washington is at the Miracle On 7th Street pop-up bar in Shaw. The whimsical bar is now in its third year in business in D.C. (the idea is based off a similar idea in New York City) and ready to charm guests with all new kinds of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter cheer. GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT MIRACLE ON 7TH STREET

AT MAYDAN, TAKE A CULINARY ADVENTURE FROM MOROCCO TO GEORGIA

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Food is one of the best ways to learn about and experience other countries and cultures. That’s certainly the case at Maydan (1346 Florida Ave. NW), one of D.C.’s newest restaurants. The concept opened November 21 and embraces recipes and cooking techniques from a hand full of countries including Morocco, Turkey, and Georgia.

The word Maydan fittingly translates into “town square,” and the restaurant layout certainly lives up to that name. The open dining room and bar is both bustling and cozy, making guests feel like they’ve been transported from the streets of D.C. to a gathering place halfway across the world. At the center of it all is an attention-grabbing hearth,  which is used to cook just about everything on Maydan’s varied menu (it also does a pretty good job helping to heat the space on cool winter nights). AT MAYDAN, TAKE A CULINARY ADVENTURE FROM MOROCCO TO GEORGIA

SKATE OVER TO THE WATERGATE HOTEL’S ROOFTOP ICE RINK AND BAR

Like it or not, it’s already the middle of November. That means the official start of winter is just over a month away, and brisk nights seem like they are already here to stay. If the changing season has you yearning for a festive activity, look no further than the rooftop at the sleek Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Ave. NW). SKATE OVER TO THE WATERGATE HOTEL’S ROOFTOP ICE RINK AND BAR