This year, the District has a little extra sparkle for the holiday season.
From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, residents are invited to explore twelve different Main
Street corridors to experience a dazzling array of lights and participate in a citywide DC Holiday Lights Virtual Scavenger Hunt.
The DC Holiday Lights Virtual Scavenger Hunt kicks off on December 1 and is a great
pandemic-friendly holiday activity. Participants earn entries for each participating commercial corridor they visit during the month of December, as well as by completing other scavenger hunt tasks such as visiting murals on the corridors. The more entries they earn, the more likely they are to win great prizes from local businesses all across the District.
Some of the prizes include:
$100 gift card to RICE Restaurant & Market
$100 gift card to Nailsaloon in Logan Circle
$100 gift certificate to Allan Woods Flowers
$50 gift card to LiLLiES’s Restaurant & Bar
$100 gift card to Valley Brook Tea
$100 gift card to Tabletop Gift Shop in Dupont, and
$100 gift card to Al Tiramisu Restaurant.
Between December 1 and December 14, participants can also cast their vote to help
determine which corridor has the best Holiday Lights displays. The winning corridor will be
named Best of DC.
According to a new report by District Bridges, 65 percent of businesses reported losing
more than half of their revenue between April-June 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, with
more than a third losing 100 percent of their revenue. These same businesses were also hit
with unexpected reopening costs, averaging $9,200, once the lockdown was lifted.
“The true aim of Holiday Lights this year is to rally residents District-wide to support our small businesses this holiday season, in whatever ways they can,” explains Brianne Dornbush, Executive Director of District Bridges. “We hope that this Scavenger Hunt will encourage residents to explore the commercial corridors that make our city so unique, and find a new business to support— whether with an immediate purchase, hopping online to book a class, or buying a gift card for later.”
Participating Main Streets include:
- Cleveland Park Main Street
- Columbia Heights Main Street
- Eastern Market Main Street
- Logan Circle Main Street
- Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street
- Mount Pleasant Main Street
- North Capitol Main Street
- The Historic Dupont Circle Main Street
- The Parks Main Street
- U Street Main Street
- Van Ness Main Street
- Woodley Park Main Street
Each participating corridor has its own holiday events, specials, and promotions taking place throughout the month. The public can visit each program’s website to learn more about the Holiday Lights events happening on each Main Street.
DC Holiday Lights is a month-long event coordinated by District Bridges in an effort to encourage residents to explore, shop, and dine locally this holiday season. To learn more, visit www.DCHolidayLights.org.