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Hey DC! Looking for things to do the next week and change? Our BEST HOLIDAY BETS are hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. This week’s theme is Muppets, beginning with The Muppets Christmas Carol to more non-denominational Muppets. Happy holidays! Don’t buy that weird Facebook TV/phone thing Muppets are plugging!

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All sorts of great stuff:

• Spend a few hours reading and drinking and re-reading because you’ve been drinking the massive 2019: The Beer in Review.

• After spending multiple hours reading about beer, spend multiple hours reading about food in the massive 2019 DC Food Round Up – By the Food Writers. We’ve done a lot of massive features this month.

• Load up your Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Kanopy queues with The Fifty Best Films of the 2010s.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon on Full Service Radio. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes.

SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: Tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.


• The Hallmark Channel presents the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Capital One Arena. This is peak holiday.

• Keep the holiday spirit going with a screening of White Christmas at the National Museum of American History.

Boundary Stone is hosting an adult pajama party. BYOPJ’s.

• Catch a screening of Fantastic Planet and Danger 5: Series 2 with the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at Bier Baron.

FREE PICK: DCPL hosts a lecture about Harry Potter and banned books at the Southeast Neighborhood Library.

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• Get Christmas Eve drunk on homemade eggnog at Red Derby‘s Nochebuena party.

• Get Christmas Eve drunk and watch the Best Bad Christmas Movies to Stream Right Now.

• And Red Bear Brewing will be screening Christmas movies all night at their PJ & sweater party.

• If you need to pick up some liquor for the holidays, head to Wardman Wines and enjoy their 4th annual Christmas martini tasting while you shop. Free martinis are my favorite kind of martinis.

• Camping out at the bar at St. Anselm and having biscuits (with pimento cheese!) for dinner is always a good idea.

FREE PICK: Jam out to some sweet holiday jazz with Changamiré at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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American Ice Company hosts their 11th annual Christmas party. Give yourself the gift of beer and nachos.

• Or you can do a fancy dinner at Le Diplomate.

• Now that you’re nice and full, spend some quality time with our Murder Mystery Streaming Guide.

• Or kick back and do some light reading.

• Christmas Day should be spent with a quality film. Here are the BYT Top Movies of 2019.

• Christmas Day should be spent watching well dressed films. Here are the Best Dressed Movies of The 2000s.

FREE PICK: Leave your family behind and jam the hell out to some free jazz at the Kennedy Center.

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• Get away from your family and dance to REZZ and i_O are at Echostage.

Decades is playing nothing but tunes from the 2010’s at their Thank U, Next dance party.

• Hit up some go-go karaoke at U Street Music Hall.

• Head to Suns Cinema and see a screening of Some Like It Hot.

• Go to a non-douchey bar. Here are the 19 Least Douchey Bars from the 10s.

FREE PICK: Soak up the lights at Georgetown GLOW while you still can.

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• If you’re not in the pit at Gwar’s 9:30 Club show tonight, you’re messing up.

• Catch Sheila, Shagwüf, Pagan Reagan and More AM Than FM at Slash Run.

• Go back to U Street Music Hall for a 70’s disco dance party. There’s going to be a lot of ABBA.

• The Satellite Room is hosting their final HiScore game night.

FREE PICK: Christmas might be over, but the National Cathedral is keeping it alive in your heart with their holiday light spectacular.

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• Mosh around to The Pietasters at 9:30 Club.

• Or jam out to some music from Mojay James, Who’s the 3rd??, TALEX and The Sweet Life at sPACYcLOUD.

• One Cut of the Dead, one of the best horror movies of the year, is playing at Suns Cinema.

• Grab some popcorn and settle down for a screening of Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement at Black Cat.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Dance it up to Q ▼ W ▼ E ▼ R ▼ T ▼ Y at TRADE.

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• The show of the night is The Roots at the Kennedy Center.

• Also, Skrillex is at Echostage if you want to relive 2011. I wish it was From First To Last.

• The National Museum of American History is screening Trading Places.

• This is one of your last chance to go to the Newseum.

FREE PICK: Swin by Slash Run to watch Hairspray and eat brunch burgers.

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• The very large band Gogol Bordello is at the 9:30 Club.

• And if you’re looking for more Gogol-esque tunes. hit up The Fez & Moustache party at DC9.

Franklin Hall is hosting a pre-New Year’s Eve bash benefiting the Humane Rescue Alliance.

• Seeing Jersey Boys at the National Theatre is an option.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: If you have a car, I highly recommend driving up to Columbia, Maryland and going through the Symphony of Lights.

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• Check out our 10 Picks for NYE story! It has all the information you need!

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• Read our Hangover Guide.

• Read our Brunch Guide.

• Before you start your New Year’s Resolutions, enjoy some desserts. Here are the Best D.C. Desserts of 2019.

Go see a movie.

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THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT CALENDAR PAGES, so use it and if you think we may have missed something, comment away–you know you want to. NO EXCUSES.

Until next time…