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It is blowing my mind that it’s already December 16th (as of this writing); I don’t feel even a little bit festive this year, and I imagine it’s the same for a lot of folks due to what a crazy tough year it’s been. FORTUNATELY there are some events (both IRL and at-home-friendly) happening in the DMV (and on the internet) that could serve to put a bit of pep in our step the next week or two, so let’s get into a few of the best right now:

Scope a holiday movie at The Wharf!

Various dates and times

The Wharf has been screening holiday films outdoors for the past few weeks, and they’ll continue all the way until the very end of December; you can reserve a fire pit (for up to four people) for $60. Here’s the full schedule:

A Christmas StoryFri. Dec. 18, 6pm | Sat. Dec. 19 , 2 & 6 pm | Sun. Dec. 20 2 pm

Miracle on 34th Street: Thu. Dec. 24, 2pm

Die Hard: Sat. Dec. 26, 2pm & 6pm (children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: Sun. Dec. 27, 2pm & 6pm

The Polar ExpressMon. Dec. 28, 2pm & 6pm

The Santa ClauseTue. Dec. 29, 2pm & 6pm

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Wed. Dec. 30, 2pm & 6pm

GremlinsThu. Dec. 31, 2pm

Check out Light Yards at The Yards!

Nightly from 6pm to 10pm until January 10th

Didn’t decorate this year? WE DON’T BLAME YOU! But you should def-o check out the incredible annual holiday light show at The Yards ft. the installation “Stars” by Australian-based immersive light design sculptors ​Amigo & Amigo​. Free and open to all, but do wear a mask and practice social distancing!

Get some last-minute shopping done at Downtown Holiday Market!

Noon to 8pm daily until December 23rd

If you’re still in need of some gifts but don’t want to take a gamble on the postal service, shopping IRL is your best bet. Downtown Holiday Market is a great option this year since it’s totally outdoors, plus there are tons of fantastic small and local businesses to support.

And/or snag some spiked cider as you shop at Victura Park’s Holiday Market!

Friday, December 18th 4pm-8pm and Saturday, December 19th noon to 8pm (market ’til 6pm)

If you’re looking to shop and enjoy a little leisurely hang time, most definitely swing by Victura Park’s Holiday Market at The REACH this weekend; in addition to a great selection of local vendors, they’ll have spiked cider, space heaters ‘n more to enjoy.

Watch SNL’s annual Christmas special on NBC!

Wednesday, December 16th at 9pm ET

It ain’t the holidays without some good old fashioned SCHWEDDY BALLS, y’know? Great way to get in some seasonal LOLs from the comfort of your own home.

Tune into A Christi-mas Spectacular w/ Christi Chiello!

Thursday, December 17th at 8pm ET

In the mood for some festive LOLs? The one and only Christi Chiello will be joined by Cole Escola, Jo Firestone, Chris Gethard and more for a virtual evening to benefit NYC’s littlefield, and tickets are a suggested donation of $8+.

Catch the Holiday Drag Show Extravaganza at Red Bear Brewing!

Friday, December 18th at 8pm

Get into the holigay spirit with Desiree Dik’s drag show this Friday at 8pm! Face masks and social distancing are required, and you can book reserved seating via Resy.

Build a gingerbread masterpiece with Sticky Fingers!

Saturday, December 19th at 4pm

Lacking cookies in your life? Sticky Fingers is offering a couple of festive baking classes this season, but next on deck is a family-friendly gingerbread ski chalet course; tickets are $50, and everything you need to assemble and decorate is included in the price.

Join Rufus, Martha and Lucy Wainwright for Not So Silent Night Virtually Together!

Sunday, December 20th at 3pm ET

The Wainwright siblings (Rufus, Martha and Lucy) will broadcast their annual Christmas show live on Veeps Sunday afternoon to benefit the Kate McGarrigle Fund, and YOU can virtually attend for $20+. (Any ticket purchased for $75+ will also include a bonus fireside chat with the trio after the show.)

Find out “How Dickens Invented Christmas” with Profs & Pints!

Sunday, December 20th at 7pm ET

John Pfordresher will be giving us the rundown on all things BAH HUMBUG for this festive installment of Profs & Pints, so if you’re in a learning mood, be sure to grab a $12 ticket to attend the virtual lecture.

Celebrate Feast of the Seven Fishes at home with Stellina!

Thursday, December 23rd and Friday, December 24th

Feast of the Seven Fishes is pretty typical among Italian-Americans, but even if you don’t fall into that category, this year is p. ideal for trying new things since most of us are celebrating a little differently anyhow. Stellina’s offering squid ink lasagna, stuffed monkfish, seafood stew and more on its special menu, and you can get in on the five-course action for $95/pp. Order by December 21st, pick up on December 23rd or 24th.

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