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The first week of the last month of the year. You’re going to make it. Distractions are good.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m (sometimes sooner) we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but longer because we pretend Thursday is a weekday.

HOLIDAY: Get some shopping done at the Downtown Holiday Market!

CULTURE: The Washington National Cathedral hosts the Honoring Matthew Shepard—a Celebration and Plaque Dedication.

FILM: It’s still difficult to believe the Washington Nationals won the 2019 World Series. Refresh your memory and watch the 2019 World Series doc at The Anthem.

FOOD + DRINK: Show off your love for alcoholic seltzer at City Paper’s Truly Cocktail Battle.

FREE: Stop by Politics and Prose to see author Paul Richter talk about his book The Ambassadors: America’s Diplomats on the Front Lines.

MUSIC: If you want to see some of the best young guitarist of the world during your lunch hour, head to the National Museum of the American Indian for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz: Guitar Competition Semifinals.

STAGE: Rachel Ray chats about her new book, Rachel Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life, with Carla Hall at Sixth & I. This event has been canceled! But we highly recommend you follow the advice below:

STAY IN: Stay home and watch the Food Network or Bon Appetit’s YouTube channel. Either way.

HOLIDAY: Fully immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Enchant’s holiday market (and light maze) at Nationals Park.

CULTURE: Artist Laure Prouvost and Hirshhorn assistant curator Betsy Johnson participate in an artist talk at the Hirshhorn.

FILM: Slash Run is hosting a free screening of Heavy Metal. Eat a burger, have a drink, watch a movie.

FOOD + DRINK: Do some casual holiday cookie decorating with the professionals at Baked and Wired.

FREE: Enjoy the Holiday Celebration at Union Station. The Norwegian Christmas tree lighting begins at 6 p.m.

MUSIC: Cage the Elephant headlines DC101-derland Night 1 at The Anthem.

STAGE: Cover yourself in local brews and jam out to Vanum, Yellow Eyes and Skaldr at Atlas Brew Works.

STAY IN: If you like grown up YA and goth shit, crack open the book Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

COOKIE: Fill your bod with cookies and come hang out with us at the Rosslyn Cheer event! It’s a day full of holiday cookies, hot chocolate and music by Cinema Hearts. You don’t want to miss it.

HOLIDAY: Edlavitch DCJCC is hosting a Hipster Hanukkah Holiday Market with food, music, shopping and more.

CULTURE: Happy 4th birthday, TRADE!

FILM: Watch the truly bonkers sounding film The Ice Storm at Suns Cinema.

FOOD & DRINK: Pizzeria Paradiso in Spring Valley celebrates its first birthday with a pizza class, prosecco and more.

FREE: Gallery 102 hosts an opening reception for “Enter: Future,” which looks pretty damn cool.

MUSIC: Roselove and Stephen Ferm join locals Panini Girlfriend and Weston Smith at Slash Run.

STAGE: One of the coolest people on the planet, Debbie Harry, speaks about her new book, Face It, at Sixth & I.

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STAY IN: It’s the perfect night to watch Videodrome. Every night is the perfect night to watch Videodrome.

Come back Thursday for our Best Weekend Bets, published every week at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m.