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Mannequin/nutcracker hybrids, electric neon nudes, and anatomical figures woven from straw are just some of the eccentric works in this exhibit, in which more than three dozen artists from 15 countries use painting and sculpture to expand on themes born in the 1970s feminist art movement. Through January 8, 2017. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW.
The world-famous, interactive walk through ICE! attraction, presented by Pepsi, will return to Gaylord National. Visitors can explore holiday traditions from around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and more through Christmas Around the World. Artisans from Harbin, China travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice into larger-than-life ice sculptures to illustrate scenes celebrating the world’s diverse cultural traditions. Adults and kids alike also can enjoy two-story ice slides, an enchanting Parade of Toys, larger-than-life ornaments and more. November 19-January 1. 201 Waterfront St., 301-965-4000; christmasonthepotomac.com
A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Thaw your paws in the animal exhibit buildings and see the nocturnal critters. The Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, and Great Cats are open every night. Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. November 25-January 1, 2017. 3001 Connecticut Ave NW; nationalzoo.si.edu
Those wishing to savor Blue Duck Tavern’s Michelin-starred cuisine in their own home this Christmas can call ahead and order their holiday feast to-go. The star of the dinner for Blue Duck Tavern’s Christmas to-ho is their succulent traditional ham, accompanied by two freshly baked breads and four traditional sides from the restaurant’s menu. For the sweet finale, who can resist seasonal pies which are both included in the Christmas package. This all-American feast is designed to feed six to eight people and is priced at $400 (excluding tax.) Blue Duck Tavern will accept orders until December 19 at 5 p.m., with pick-up available in the Pastry Pantry on December 24 from 1-5 p.m. or December 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1201 24th St., NW. 202-419-6755; giftrocker.com
As part of the Georgetown BID’s annual GLOW celebration, Via Umbria will offer three cocktails that light up with the addition of special illuminated ice cubes, including: Santa’s Sleigh, Partridge in a Pear Tree and Dominic the Donkey. December 2-January 1. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-333-3904; viaumbria.com
The Hay Adams is pleased to announce the return of its holiday tea service. This special tea offers an all-inclusive tableside presentation of tempting sweets and savory snacks in one of the city's most beautiful settings. It is available exclusively on December 4, 11, and 18, with reservations available from 3-4 p.m. in the Lafayette Room. The indulgent experience is priced at $50 per person, which includes a pot of tea from the Mighty Leaf Tea Company, along with a tiered tray of savory and sweets. 800 16th St. NW, 202-638-6600; hayadams.com
Spice up your love life at Friends of the National Zoo's Date Night at ZooLights, powered by Pepco. On this special night, ZooLights amps up the romance for couples, featuring an exclusive date night giveaway and holiday carolers at the Great Meadow. You and your boo will also enjoy champagne cocktails, hot toddies, and sweet treats, along with a spin on the carousel and snow-less tubing. 3001 Connecticut Ave NW; nationalzoo.si.edu
Dean & DeLuca is excited to host a holiday entertaining tasting experience where guests will be invited to browse and shop the store’s array of gifting options, discover new dishes and recipes, and learn some tips to create the most memorable experience for celebrations with family and friends this season. From artfully presented gifts to décor samples, Dean & DeLuca is truly a one-stop shop for everything you need this holiday season, offering a seamless shopping experience for customers to enjoy and discover. 6-8 p.m. 3276 M St. NW. To RSVP, visit deandeluca.com
Mosaic District will partner with The Vine Church, along with the Junior League of Northern Virginia and the First Baptist Church of Merrifield, to host A Very Merrifield Christmas. There will be music, holiday crafts, photos with costumed characters, and many more seasonal surprises. Free pedi-cab rides will also be provided by Mosaic in spirit of the festive season. 4-7 p.m. 2905 District Ave., Fairfax; mosaicdistrict.com
Join Executive Chef Johanna Hellrigl in the kitchen as she recreates her favorite Italian Christmas cookies, including biscotti alle spezie (spiced cookies, including mostaccioli with chocolate) and palle di neve (snow balls). Roll up your sleeves and learn how to bake and decorate these traditional Italian cookies and take some home with you. Tickets are $25. 4-5:30 p.m. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-333-3904; viaumbria.com
Cocktail director Michael Rovezzi will help guests spice up their holiday by demonstrating five different seasonal cocktails giving attendees the opportunity to mix and shake up a cocktail themselves. Utilizing the spices and spirits of the season, including rosemary, grapefruit, fennel, brandy and winter spices, guests will be shown five Italian Christmas cocktails to serve for the holidays. A $25 ticket fee for this class includes a tasting of five different craft cocktails and instructions for creating a full cocktail. Cocktails will include the Rosemary Me; the Moscato d’Agrumi; the Fennel is your Frond; the Christmas In Barolo; and Italian Mulled Wine. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-333-3904; viaumbria.com
Celebrating Christmas in the traditional Italian way means Festa dei sette pesci, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. At Via Umbria, enjoy the traditional seafood feast prepared by Chef Johanna Hellrigl, and ask Via Umbria’s in-house wine experts about the perfect pairing for your meal, or select your favorite cocktail or beer from the cafe to enjoy with your dinner, available for purchase at retail price. The meal is served at a communal table. Pre-purchased tickets are required to join the dinner and can be purchased online here, by calling 202-333-3904 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $100 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. More info is available here. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW.
Park Hyatt Washington D.C. will host a Winter 2016 Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine, a seasonal culinary & beverage experience. This culinary gathering salutes the ingredients, flavors, and talents of local chefs, regional artisans and sommeliers and will take place in the semi-private Mezzanine Loft, which serves as a gallery space for a curated selection of art from The Phillips Collection. Guests will join Tea Specialist Christian Eck for an exploration of rare teas available in Park Hyatt Washington’s Tea Cellar including traditionally prepared Matcha, 1978 Vintage Reserve Cave-Aged Pu-erh, Monkey-Picked Golden Oolong, Royal Snowflakes, White Star of China, and Moonlight Litchi Blossom. Priced at $85 per person, which includes a tasting of five teas paired with lite bites to complement the unique taste and profile of each tea. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 202-419-6620 or emailing email@example.com. 1201 24th St. NW
The Kentucky Society of Washington is thrilled to celebrate the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States with the best food, Kentucky Bourbon, and company the state has to offer at the 2017 Bluegrass Ball! The Bluegrass Ball, held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, will feature an exclusive Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Reception with legendary members of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, providing guests with the opportunity to taste a selection of Kentucky Bourbons and hear firsthand about the history and distilling process of each featured produc. For more information on tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 2500 Calvert St. NW.
An Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show is a highly anticipated Washington event, spanning more than six decades. This year's event will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The Women’s Board, comprised of more than ninety volunteer members, sponsors the An Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show to raise funds aimed at reducing death and disability from heart disease and stroke. Thanks to the 1,000-plus guests, and the generous support of corporations and foundations, the Women’s Board has raised more than $6.7 million since 2000 to fund substantial AHA research grants from esteemed institutions in the region. 2660 Woodley Rd. NW; heart.org