Holiday Things to Do this Weekend on the Hill

Christmas Villages, Song & Santa!

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Professional photos with Santa at the Capital Turnaround Christmas Village this Saturday. Photo: E. O'Gorek/CCN

Christmas Village DC at Capital Turnaround

Ring in the Holiday season at this free event at Capital Turnaround (770 M St. SE, enter off L Street) Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Take train rides on the kid-sized train, slide around in our socks on the ‘skating rink,’ watch holiday movies and get pictures with Santa. There’s also hot cocoa, crafts and fun for all! Learn More.

Holiday Boat Parade – Dec. 3

On Dec. 3 light up the waterfront with over 60 beautifully decorated boats. The holiday tradition includes Get ready  photos with Santa in The Grove, Pacifico beer and winter cocktails on District Pier, a spectacular fireworks display, and more. It’s sponsored by Washington Gas.

Please be aware that the parking garages at The Wharf will likely fill up before this event begins. There are many ways to get to The Wharf that are better than driving and parking. Learn more about Getting to The Wharf

Brent offers holiday trees, greenery, poinsettias & SANTA! at the Annual Holiday Sale. Courtesy: Brent PTA

Brent’s Holiday Tree Sale (with Santa!) – Thurs-Sun, Santa Saturday

The Brent Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will hold its 12th Holiday Sale from Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4.

Santa will be there, too! Come see the big guy on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then that afternoon from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fragrant Fraser fir trees and Hanukkah items will be available for presale starting November 11th at www.brentholidaysale.org  The outdoor on-lot sale will run from Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 4th and, in addition to trees, include greenery, poinsettias, winterberry, and Hanukkah items.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 3 , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. brentholidaysale.com

“Season’s Greenings” at the Botanic Garden offers Holiday cheer indoors and out. Courtesy USBG

“Season’s Greenings” at the Botanic Garden – now through Jan. 2

The Botanic Garden offers a garden-wide “Season’s Greenings” holiday display this year, running through Monday, Jan. 2 (closed on Dec. 25).

As part of the festivities, model trains run between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day in the gated outdoor gardens and the Conservatory features poinsettias, holiday decor, and DC landmarks made from plants.

A gift store run by the Friends of the US Botanic Garden and local DC small business Rewild offers a variety of botanically themed gifts for purchase in the Conservatory’s West Gallery. Zeke’s Coffee offers coffee and hot chocolate for sale just inside the gated outdoor garden near the trains.

The Garden has extended evening hours each Tuesday in December when the Conservatory and train display will be open until 8 p.m. USBG.gov/SeasonsGreenings.

A Very Merry Swiftmas at Wunder Garten – Starting 8 p.m. Sat Dec. 3

Didn’t come out a winner in the struggle to get tickets for Taylor Swft’s latest tour? No worries. Wunder Garten (1101 First St. NE) has you covered.

They’ll kick off the first weekend of Winterfest with a bang!

Wear your favorite cardigan, sweater, and holiday attire –get together and shake it off. The party starts at 8 p.m. and goes til midnight.

There’s more –pet photos with Santa; card making; the Ugly Sweater Party. It’s all part of the festivities! Learn more about Winterfest at Wunder Garten.

Wharf Ice Rink Open for Season – Now 

DC’s only over-water ice skating is open through February at the Transit Pier outside The Anthem(901 Wharf St. SW). Go before the Holiday Boat Parade! Or skip that crowd –it’s Open Wednesday to Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Adult admission, $13; kids, seniors and military, $10. Skate rental is $7. wharfdc.com/wharf-ice-rink.

Enchant at Nat’s Park – now through Jan. 1

Open through Jan. 1, Enchant features an immersive and interactive light maze created from over 4 million sparkling lights, a 100-foot holiday tree, an ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits, and a holiday shopping marketplace with crafts and culinary treats. Adult admission, $34; kids three to seventeen, $18; two and under, free. enchantchristmas.com.

Photo: Courtesy of the Washington Bach Consort

Washington Bach Consort’s Free Noontime Cantata – Dec. 5 at noon

The Washington Bach Consort’s Noontime Cantata Series continues its mission of bringing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to the  community. Presented at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill , performances are free of charge to all attendees.

Take a break from your busy workday and join us to enjoy the music of Bach in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere! C’mon. It’s the holidays! Dec. 5, 12:10 p.m., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE. bachconsort.org.