The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of Dec. 8-14



German Military Christmas Market at the German Military in Reston: Most individuals commuting alongside Dawn Valley Drive by way of Reston in all probability don’t understand that one of many seemingly nameless workplace parks there may be dwelling to the German armed forces command — besides in December, when the German navy hosts a Christmas market with German food and drinks, music, distributors, and actions for youngsters. All proceeds profit the Buddies of Reston and the German Service Reduction Affiliation. 4 to 9 p.m. $5-$10 (money solely).

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ChurchKey Holiday Soiree: For greater than a decade, ChurchKey has held a vacation beer tasting that doubles as a fundraiser for native nonprofit Martha’s Desk. This yr, the occasion features a dozen seasonal beers on faucet, together with Prairie’s Christmas Bomb imperial stout, 3 Floyds’ Alpha Klaus porter and Evil Twin’s Christmas Eve at a New York Metropolis Resort Room: Royal Suite Version imperial stout. Carry a canned good to donate to Martha’s Desk and commerce it for a 4-ounce pour of any vacation beer priced at $5 or much less. It’s a method to assist others whereas having fun with a style of one thing new. 4 p.m. Beer costs fluctuate.

Toy drive and fundraiser at Boundary Stone: The Bloomingdale pub’s annual fundraiser with Atlas Brew Works takes a two-pronged method. Carry the children to get an image with Santa between 4 and seven p.m. Tickets are $10 and embrace scorching chocolate and vacation crafts. All proceeds profit the pediatric most cancers basis St. Baldrick’s. Don’t want images? Carry a brand new, unwrapped toy to donate to charity between 5 and 9 p.m. and obtain a free pint of Atlas beer. 4 to 9 p.m.

‘Entertainment Nation’ Opening Festival at the National Museum of American History: The Nationwide Museum of American Historical past’s “Leisure Nation” exhibit, which opens Friday, tells the story of American tradition and alter by way of the usage of objects as various because the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” Prince’s guitar and the unique Muppets. To have fun, the museum is throwing a 10-day competition with day by day actions like curator talks, pop-up live shows, crafts for youths, and photograph alternatives with well-known characters from tv and flicks. A couple of occasions require advance registration, together with a chat with “Sesame Avenue” insiders on Saturday, a dialogue concerning the profession of pioneering Chinese language American actor Anna Could Wong on Sunday, and screenings of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Batman.” By means of Dec. 18. Most occasions free; some require advance registration.

Look What You Made Me Do: The Taylor Swift Dance Party at Howard Theatre: To the despair of Swifties within the DMV, Taylor Swift’s upcoming nationwide stadium tour doesn’t embrace a cease within the D.C. space. Perhaps one of the simplest ways to shake it off could be snagging tickets to this version of Look What You Made Me Do: The Taylor Swift Dance Get together. Not solely will there undoubtedly be new materials on the set listing, because of Swift’s chart-topping “Midnights” album, however the fashionable dance evening is being held on the Howard Theatre, which has room for extra followers than Union Stage, which hosted earlier engagements of the occasion. 9 p.m. $20-$50.

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Foehammer at Slash Run: The Foehammer story begins within the autumn of 2013 with the DMV steel band’s founder, Jay Cardinell, casually assembling some mates to play Black Sabbath covers for kicks, till, over time, their efforts begin to really feel vaguely bandlike. “I had needed to do one thing heavy for a very long time, however as a lot as we worship on the altar of Sabbath — as all people ought to — I didn’t wish to do blues-based, doom rock,” Cardinell says. “There’s loads of that. I needed to do one thing just a little extra avant, heavier, extra bleak, actually funereal. One thing that appeared like molasses or magma.” Named after a sword in “The Lord of the Rings,” Foehammer ultimately dropped its debut album, “Second Sight,” in 2018, and after some lineup shuffling, its follow-up, “Monumentum,” materialized final month. Now, as a duo, the band in some way sounds extra colossal and extreme than ever, with drummer Ben Value setting the tempos as if pushing boulders whereas Cardinell makes use of an arsenal of pedals and amps to broaden the roar of his guitar into one thing huge and molten. 9 p.m. $10.

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Hallmark Movie Sew Days at Three Little Birds: Whereas it’s enjoyable to get misplaced within the acquainted plot of a vacation film — oh, look, a busy big-city enterprise government has to return to her tiny hometown and save a beloved inn/bakery/tree farm — these storylines additionally make glorious background noise whereas engaged on different actions. Three Little Birds, a stitching studio in Hyattsville, is aware of and appreciates this. The Hallmark Film Sew Days enable anybody to make use of the store’s stitching machines, slicing tables and instruments for a three-hour block whereas watching Hallmark films and sipping scorching cocoa. Carry a private mission or decide up a brand new embroidery piece on the retailer. Friday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $20.

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The Greeting Committee at the Black Cat: The Greeting Committee is the longest relationship that singer Addie Sartino has ever had. For the final third of her life, she has fronted the indie rock group, which fashioned when its members met as high-schoolers within the Kansas Metropolis space. That coming-of-age story permeates its discography: teenage angst, wistful love, first heartbreak. However Sartino, now 24, is chasing a extra mature sound. “Rising up, I believed I needed to be locked into this form of unhappiness,” she says over Zoom from her girlfriend’s home in Reston, Va. “Loads of indie music is that this tortured artist sort of stereotype, and I didn’t wish to be a part of that anymore. I actually needed to prioritize my happiness.” It’s that newfound pleasure that seeps into latest single “Hopscotch,” an upbeat pop spin for a band that’s used to leaning on strings, which lets Sartino’s wealthy vocals shine. “I used to be devoted to annihilation of self in consumption of spoon-fed nothing,” she sings. “If I get pleased, will you forgive me?” 7 p.m. (doorways open). $20-$25.

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AceMo at a ‘secret warehouse’: Hast Du Feuer — roughly translated from German as that outdated nightlife koan “do you’ve gotten a light-weight?” — is the latest collective laser-focused on celebrating dance music within the District. Since its launch earlier this yr, the crew’s lineups have featured the perfect D.C. has to supply (Stunning Swimmers, Rush Plus) and main names in underground dance music (Ron Morelli, Bodily Remedy, Eris Drew and Octo Octa). Its “District Drift” occasion options each, together with New York star AceMo and D.C. trio Black Rave Tradition — two acts which are bringing home and techno again to the longer term with their experimental spirits and dedication to bounce as enlightenment. 10 p.m. at a “secret warehouse” (location introduced with ticket buy). $35.

‘Romeo and Juliet’-themed National Philharmonic concert: Shakespeare’s story of affection and loss has been interpreted by nice composers all through historical past. Joined by violinist Sarah Chang, the Nationwide Philharmonic brings a three-part assortment of these musical retellings, with each Tchaikovsky’s and Prokofiev’s variations of “Romeo and Juliet” and Leonard Bernstein’s “West Facet Story Suite.” 8 p.m. $19-$69; free for youths.

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade: This yr marks the fortieth anniversary of Annapolis’s favourite vacation custom: boats lined in vacation mild shows crusing round Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek whereas crowds watch from docks and the Eastport bridge. Near 30 boats are registered to take part, with themes together with “Jolly Roger Christmas” and “Octoclaus Is Coming to City,” in addition to boats celebrating “A Christmas Story” and “Nationwide Lampoon’s Christmas Trip.” Arrive early for the perfect viewing places; see the Yacht Membership’s web site for maps and important information. 6 to eight p.m. Free.

Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at Arena Stage: After a sold-out run of reveals on the Atlas Performing Arts Middle in 2021, Step Afrika’s Magical Musical Vacation Step Present is shifting to Area Stage’s Fichandler Stage, as a part of Area’s new multiyear partnership with the corporate. This implies much more households will get to see one of many space’s most beloved vacation productions, which options elves and nutcrackers stepping and stomping their method throughout the stage to the beat of drums, stamping toes and, in a single memorable efficiency, scraping snow shovels. With out giving an excessive amount of away, children may wish to put on their dancing sneakers. Performances by way of Dec. 18; Dec. 9 is bought out. 1101 Sixth St. SW. $56-$95.

Friends of the National Arboretum Winter Festival: On the lookout for a one-stop store that can entertain the children and allow you to browse for items and decide up a Christmas tree, or only a wreath for the entrance door? Welcome to FONA’s Winter Competition, which has two dozen distributors, a collection of meals vans, holiday-themed household actions and the aforementioned tree sale. Whereas on the Arboretum, don’t overlook to browse the conifer assortment, which all the time appears magical right now of yr. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; registration requested.

Krampus is coming: In German folklore, Krampus is a horned, devil-like creature who travels with Santa Claus. Whereas Santa offers presents to good kids, Krampus offers them coal, or hits them with birch rods. Whereas Krampus has been celebrated by D.C. revelers for nearly a decade, this yr brings a full day of festivities. The occasion begins at DC Brau from midday to 4 p.m., the place Krampustag (actually “Krampus Day”) options family-friendly crafts and coloring, music, and a dressing up contest for youngsters. (Midday to 4 p.m., $15 recommend donation for adults, free for ages 12 and youthful.) Later, the Krampusnacht occasion strikes to Wunder Garten, with a DJ, stay leisure, an grownup Krampus costume contest, raffles and surprises. (7 to 11 p.m., free.) Proceeds from the occasions profit the Wanda Alston Basis, which provides providers to homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.

‘Reggae Sunsplash’ screening at Busboys and Poets: This weekend may convey showers and temperatures in the 40s, so it is likely to be simpler to fake you’re someplace hotter — like Montego Bay, Jamaica, for instance, the place it’s forecast to be within the mid-80s on Saturday. Whereas we await Filmfest DC to return in spring 2023, the competition hosts pop-up occasions round city, together with Saturday evening’s screening of “Reggae Sunsplash,” a brand new minimize of the movie documenting the 1979 music competition that includes Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and Third World. No reservations wanted — seating is first-come, first-served. 6 p.m. Free.

Scythian Ugly Christmas Sweater Show at Union Stage: Annually, the musicians of Scythian don their ugliest knitwear for a really particular present. Sure, the once-local band performs the identical infectious mix of up-tempo, fiddle-driven Americana and Irish people that’s led to prime slots at MerleFest, DelFest and ShamrockFest, but it surely’s the hilarious prolonged medley of vacation tunes, mixing “Do You Hear What I Hear?” with songs by the Kinks, the Pogues, Wham and Adam Sandler, amongst others, that basically rings within the season. This yr’s occasion doubles as a launch occasion for “Christmas Out at Sea,” a brand new album that includes Christmas carols and sea shanties. Reminder: Horrible vacation outfits are inspired for the viewers, too, and could possibly be value a prize. 8 p.m. $25-$45.

Columbia Heights Tree Lighting: The less-than-robust Christmas tree in Columbia Heights’ Civic Plaza has are available for some less-than-kind feedback because it was unveiled final week. However, as DCist reported, organizers are leaning into the show, dubbing the tree “Tiny Timber.” Choose for your self when the tree is formally lit Saturday night, alongside stay music, an artisan market and images with Santa. 5 to eight p.m. Free.

Leesburg Holiday Parade: An annual custom in Leesburg, this small-town parade consists of marching bands, floats from native companies, embellished firetrucks and an look by Santa. The parade begins at Ida Lee Park at 6 p.m. earlier than heading to the historic downtown. The after-concert on the Tally-Ho Theater is bought out, so head for an area bar, like MacDowell’s, which has “A Rowdy Nation Christmas” with stay music, or seize a drink at Tuscarora Mill, which has a fruitcake-themed cocktail in addition to bourbon infused with apple and cinnamon.

Rosslyn Holiday Market: Free scorching chocolate and images with Santa await guests at Rosslyn’s honest. Test a reputation off your present listing with handmade jewellery, natural goodies or hand-poured candles from native distributors, all eligible for complimentary present wrapping. Children can get pleasure from story time with Mrs. Claus whereas stay carolers carry out all through the day. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to three p.m. Free.

Vacation markets: This weekend is one other large one for vacation buying. Amongst Saturday’s most intriguing choices: Distributors take over a historic barn at Loudoun County’s Wheatland Spring brewing to promote wares together with garments, books and cheese, however On the Lager Day of Christmas additionally incorporates a lineup of lager beers (together with visitor choices from the stellar Suarez Household and Fox Farm), glühwein, and an public sale and raffle to lift cash for Inova Kids’s Hospital. (11 a.m. to five p.m., free.) Again in D.C., Hellbender Brewing hosts a market of artists, makers, bakers and authors at its higher Northwest taproom. Santa is making an look, together with adoptable kittens. (1 to 7 p.m., free.) The Victura Park Holiday Market returns to the Kennedy Middle for a 3rd straight yr, starting this weekend. As much as 14 native makers and distributors are slated to seem every day. Past buying, the occasion provides s’mores stations, scorching chocolate, spiked cider and seating areas warmed by heaters. (Saturday and Sunday from midday to six p.m., free.) Dozens of stalls on the Herndon WinterMarkt provide the texture of a conventional German-style vacation market, promoting bread and charcuterie, candles and ornaments, whereas guests stroll, sip mulled wine and hearken to German music. (Midday to 7 p.m., free.)

‘Between a Rock and a Soft Place’ opening at Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art: A brand new exhibition on the Reston-based Tephra Institute of Up to date Artwork reframes relaxation as a observe that’s greater than a reward for work. Operating by way of February, the present brings the works of 5 artists collectively to discover what it means to stay a lifetime of ease. Opening evening consists of artist talks, that are additionally accessible over Zoom. 5 to 7 p.m. Free.

‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’ at the Kennedy Center: Thirty years after its theatrical launch, “A Muppet Christmas Carol” continues to be a household favourite. English actor Michael Caine, higher identified for enjoying spies and gangsters, performs a not-quite-cruel Scrooge on this musical model, whereas Kermit the Frog is Bob Cratchit and Gonzo portrays Charles Dickens, the narrator, accompanied by Rizzo the Rat. The screening takes place within the Justice Discussion board auditorium on the Attain, and whereas the Kennedy Middle’s web site says advance tickets are bought out, same-day tickets shall be accessible on the Corridor of States Field Workplace. 3 p.m. Free.

Washington Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ Family Day at the Warner Theatre: The Washington Ballet’s manufacturing of “The Nutcracker,” set in Georgetown and starring George Washington because the heroic titular character, has turn into an area establishment. So, too, have the associated occasions, such because the Nutcracker Tea Get together and Household Day. Held earlier than the matinee efficiency, Household Day consists of craft tasks, video games and photograph ops with costumed dancers for the littlest ballet followers. 11:30 a.m.; efficiency begins at 1 p.m. $49-$145.

Decking the Halls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Every first girl places her personal spin on the White Home’s vacation decorations, from the gingerbread homes to the floral preparations to the ornaments on the bushes. Designer Coleen Christian Burke, who has helped beautify the White Home a number of occasions and is the writer of “Christmas With the First Women,” describes how adorning the manager mansion has developed between administrations, and what goes into the proper show. This Smithsonian Associates program is hosted over Zoom. 1 to 4 p.m. $35.

Vacation markets: There’s much more buying to be achieved on Sunday. Along with the return of Takoma Park’s Market at the Bank, which options makers popping up in a historic financial institution constructing, Sunday brings the second and final Park View Holiday Market at Hook Corridor. Browse 20 small companies promoting jewellery, stationery, skincare merchandise and scorching sauce. Bonus: Carry the children to the Santa Sing-A-Long for some caroling enjoyable. (4 to 7 p.m. Free; caroling $10 per group.) Classic and Vinyl at Slash Run is simply what it seems like: Distributors promoting cool used clothes, data, zines and unique artwork on the Petworth bar and venue. (3 to 7 p.m. Free.) The principle occasion at Flash is a deep home set by Montreal DJ Fred All the things, however the Florida Avenue membership can be internet hosting a market with “second hand clothes, handmade jewellery, candles, tea and extra,” plus vacation food and drinks specials and a present wrapping station. Attendees are invited to convey a brand new, unwrapped toy for Flash’s toy drive. (4 to eight p.m. $10-$20.)

Merry Tuba Christmas at the Kennedy Center: Tuba, euphonium and sousaphone gamers are used to sitting at the back of an orchestra, however the Kennedy Middle brings 150 of them entrance and heart at Merry Tuba Christmas, an annual celebration of low brass energy and festive tunes. In its forty ninth yr, this free occasion, held within the Live performance Corridor, can be carried out yearly in cities around the globe. A restricted variety of advance tickets turned accessible on the Kennedy Middle’s web site on Nov. 23. Nevertheless, these reserved tickets have to be picked up by 5:45 p.m. on the day of the efficiency. All different seats can be found on a first-come, first-served foundation. 6 p.m. Free.

The Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Emily Dickinson’s 192nd birthday is developing, and for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s annual celebration, the dialogue is all about cake — particularly, the poet’s handwritten Caribbean black cake recipe, included amongst Dickinson’s manuscripts. Canadian poet and author M. NourbeSe Philip will live-stream from Dickinson’s dwelling in Amherst, Mass., throughout this digital occasion impressed by Philip’s essay “Making Black Cake in Flamable Areas.” 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-wish tickets begin at $5; recommended worth $15.

ReHer Holiday Market at Cork: Anybody in quest of a tasty vacation present — for themselves or another person — ought to head to Cork on Monday afternoon to browse meals, drinks and equipment from 19 woman-owned companies, together with Hank’s Oyster Bar, Purple Patch, Ice Cream Jubilee, Teaism and Kinfood. Register prematurely to win present playing cards. 5 to eight p.m. Free.

Potomac Fever caroling at the Willard: The Homosexual Males’s Refrain of Washington’s vacation present wrapped up on Sunday, however that wasn’t your solely likelihood to listen to the group this season. Potomac Fever, a 14-member a cappella group that performs pop songs, Broadway tunes and festive fare, heads to the historic Willard resort on Tuesday for a night of caroling. The elaborately embellished foyer, with its huge tree, is a stunning place to collect with mates — maybe with a scorching chocolate cocktail or Negroni from the Spherical Robin Bar — and benefit from the efficiency. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Museum of Illusions grand opening: The newest immersive expertise/selfie playground to reach in D.C., the Museum of Illusions at CityCenterDC permits guests to stroll by way of greater than 50 “displays” that mess around with optical illusions and different mind-boggling methods. There have been Museums of Illusions in cities around the globe, and along with setups just like the Vortex Tunnel, which convinces you the room is spinning, the D.C. location will embrace displays that attraction to Washingtonians — the Reverse Room suspends guests from the ceiling of a Blue Line Metro automobile. Open Sunday by way of Thursday from 10 a.m. to eight p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $23.95; $18.95 for ages 5 to 12. Guests 4 and youthful get in free.

Foals at the Anthem: Since breaking by way of on the finish of the aughts, Foals have pushed the anxious dance-punk of their early songs in a grander, extra arena-friendly route. At its core, the Oxford-born band makes rock music you possibly can dance to, and has gotten mileage out of that tried-and-true formulation regardless of altering occasions, tastes and lineups. On its newest album, “Life Is Yours,” the band — which has slimmed all the way down to a trio — takes its music in a logical route: disco, the oft- (and wrongly) maligned sound of dance flooring that each guitar-wielding act ultimately tries its hand at. For his or her half, Foals come by it actually. 8 p.m. $35-$55.

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