Winter is coming, so you better get outside before it’s too cold to do so. You’ve only got a short four weeks to burn off your Thanksgiving binge before Christmas. Get outside and get active before you start storing up for the winter.

DC Run Club

Freeze your butt off (not really, it’s going to be 60) toning it with a three to six mile run that takes you through the best running routes in D.C. Enjoy the scenic views (or what you can see of them at night) of Roosevelt Island, C&O Canal Trail, West Potomac Park, and The National Mall. Runners take their marks at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (3)

The Elements DC

Pull a Haley Joel Osment and see dead people Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at Baked & Wired in Georgetown and walk to Arlington National Cemetery to explore the grounds. Once you’ve finished exploring and watched the changing of the guards, walk back to Georgetown and reward yourself with coffee and a pastry.

THURSDAY (2)

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – The White House

The White House is about to be lit. The National Park Service and National Park Foundation present the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, so can we get a watt watt?

FRIDAY (2)

ZooLights DC – National Zoo

Lions and tigers and ears . . . oh my! Take a nice evening stroll while taking a look at some nice festive lights. Meet at the gates on Connecticut Ave at 7 p.m. and enjoy your walk through the National Zoo.

Zoolights 2016

SATURDAY (1)

Krampusnacht

Walk around H St and watch children scream. It’s a D.C. tradition (if you consider 6 years a tradition). Begins at 7:15 p.m.

krampusnachtdc 2016

Historical Tour & Tasting – The Winery at Bull Run

Drink for every time you were asked about your future and your lack of a significant other over Thanksgiving. Or, drink to entertain yourself while learning about the rich Civil War history (unless you’re in to that type of stuff). Honestly, you don’t even need a reason. Just go to The Winery at Bull Run at 11:15 a.m. and start throwing them back, unless you’re sophisticated and choose to swirl, sniff, and sip.

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