By Amy Moeller | December 2, 2016 | Lifestyle
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—mark your calendar with these not-to-be-missed events.
For the third consecutive year, Georgetown Glow, the neighborhood’s massive light art exhibition will be on display every evening December 2 through January 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. Stroll through the neighborhood to check out the commissioned works of local, regional, and international art around every corner.
On December 11, experience the magic of the Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the whole family. Following the show, enjoy an extra special treat with an elegant tea at The Willard InterContinental Hotel.
The MGM National Harbor opens December 8, and the 3,000-seat concert venue wasted no time in booking top talent to entertain. Among the star-studded schedule of sell-out shows is Bruno Mars, performing on December 27.
Take a little drive out to Annapolis, Maryland to check out one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions, the EYC Parade of Lights. Local boats are dressed up for the season and paraded through Ego Alley, the Annapolis Harbour, and Spa Creek north of the bridge. Annually the second Saturday of the month, this year’s festivities take place Saturday, December 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Gather the family and catch a holiday classic with Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The National through December 31, or Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel through December 24 at Arena Stage.
Every year, the day after Christmas, Room & Board’s clearance sale offers deep discounts on floor samples, discontinued items, and even a few current pieces. If you’ve had your eye on something, don’t miss it.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo puts on quite the show. Through January 1, from 5 to 9 p.m., take a stroll through one of DC’s treasures to check out the winter wonderland donned in 500,000 (environmentally friendly!) lights set to music. The experience includes festive treats, shopping, and access to several of the nocturnal animal exhibits.
Middleburg’s annual Christmas in Middleburg celebration kicks off this year on Friday, December 2 with the Tree Lighting, followed by the Parade Day on Saturday and the Foxcroft Pageant on December 4.
The holiday extravaganza returns, bigger and better this year.
Photography courtesy of “Prismatica,” by Raw Design in collaboration with Atomic3, Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership (Georgetown glow); Streeter Lecka/Getty Images (bruno mars); How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Jim Jenkins/Smithsonian's National Zoo (zoolights)