The holidays have arrived, and we can't wait to celebrate!
The weather outside may be frightful, but with events like these you'll bundle up to savor every moment! This weekend, take a stroll through Georgetown's GLOW exhibitions, indulge in delicious chocolate, or do some shopping at holiday markets. Add in a concert from Bob Dylan for an amazing start to the holiday season!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, December 6, to Sunday, December 8.
Georgetown Commercial District | Washington, D.C. | Ongoing
Feeling bah-humbug? Illuminate your spirit with Georgetown's GLOW! Starting December 6, explore Georgetown through the lens of 11 light installations along with walking tours, festive events, and more. GLOW runs through January 5, 2020, and admission is free. Check out the artist lineup here!
Scottish Christmas Walk Parade
Old Town Alexandria | Alexandria, VA | Saturday
Celebrate the rich culture of Scotland with this rousing parade! Starting at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets, watch a procession filled with drums, dancing, and bagpipes all the way to Market Square where a final concert will take place. Admission is free. Find out more here!
West Annapolis Winterfest and Holiday Market
West Annapolis Business Affiliation | Giddings Avenue, between Ridgley & Annapolis Streets | Annapolis, MD | Saturday–Sunday
Transport yourself to the streets of Europe with Annapolis's own holiday market. Explore handcrafted goods from over 30 local vendors and enjoy hot chocolate, wine, and beer. The twinkling holiday lights make the perfect backdrop for festive memories! The market is free and open to the public. Check it out here!
The District's Holiday Boat Parade
The Wharf | 760 Maine Avenue SW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Ring in the season, Wharf-style, with a boat parade! Enjoy the views of lit-up boats gliding across the water and take part in beverage-sampling, live music, a s'mores station, and more. Admission is open to everyone. Read more about it here!
Greater Manassas Christmas Parade
Historic Manassas, Inc. | 9431 West St | City of Manassas, VA | Saturday
Now on its 74th year, this Christmas parade is one of the largest in all of Northern Virginia! Witness a procession of 100+ floats featuring balloons and live music, and provide a toy for a child this season with local charity Un-Trim-A-Tree! Admission is free. Find out more here!
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront | Alexandria, VA | Saturday
From 2 to 8 p.m., enjoy delicious food and entertainment on the waterfront before a procession of boats light up the Potomac River. With beer garden pop-ups, craft demos, and Santa, there's a little something for everyone! The parade is free and open to the public. Check it out here!
Gallery O on H | 1354 H St. NE | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Inspired by the European Krampus legend, come create hijinks at the D.C. area's beloved fundraiser! From 5 to 11 p.m., experience a charity walk, costume contests, and an after-party at Gallery O on H. Proceeds go towards helping D.C. youth for the National Center for Children and Families. Part-naughty, part-nice, this is the event of the season! Admission is $15. Read about it here!
Hard Rock Cafe (Registration Venue) | 999 E St. NW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
What better way to kick off the holiday season than a pub crawl? Put on your Santa hat and tour Dupont Circle's hippest watering holes for festive beer, cocktails, and so much more. Tickets are $19.95 per person. You can buy them here!
Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival
55 West Street | Annapolis, MD | Sunday
A chocolate lover's dream! From 12 to 5 p.m., browse (and eat!) chocolate of all kinds and shop handcrafted goods from local vendors. Guests can also enjoy "hot cocoa with the popo" and s'mores with the Annapolis Fire Department. If you have a sweet tooth, this is a must! Admission is $5 and benefits the Annapolis Arts District. Get the scoop here!
Bob Dylan and His Band
The Anthem | Washington, D.C. | Sunday
America's bard is heading to the Anthem for one night only! See the Nobel Prize-winning songwriter cycle through his career with tracks "Highway '61 Revisited," "Gotta Serve Somebody," and "Ballad of a Thin Man." Die-hard Dylan fans won't want to miss this! Tickets begin at $65. Buy them here!
What are your weekend plans? Let's hear them in the comments!