8 Actually Fun Things to Do in DC This Weekend

Go holiday shopping in Shaw and pick out the perfect Christmas tree.

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, and we’ve officially stepped into the season of puffer jackets, warm festive cocktails, and boots. If you step foot outside, you’ll see that the District has followed suit with buildings and homes prepped for holiday cheer. So go out and embrace the holiday spirit this weekend with our list of all the fun things to do in DC.

Go shopping in Shaw

Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 5
Shaw
As you start collecting gifts for loved ones, connect with local vendors in Shaw all month long. As part of “Shawlidays,” select businesses lining U Street near The Shay and Atlantic Plumbing will be giving away a fun gift with purchases this weekend. So fill your sleigh with popular sample boxes from Le Labo, trendy glasses cases from Warby Parker, festive socks from Bonobos, skincare essentials from Glo30, Compass Coffee’s seasonal coffee blend, DC-themed merch from Union Kitchen, and much more.
Cost: Prices vary

Saturday, December 4
Arlington, Virginia
Head to Arlington this weekend to find the perfect mini Christmas tree or wreath to decorate your home for the season at National Landing’s Christmas Tree Farm pop-up. After you’ve picked a tree, visit the holiday market featuring area vendors, light displays, and cozy winter lodges.
Cost: Free

Enjoy a culinary holiday experience

Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 5
Various locations
Visit the rooftop at Colada Shop, a Cuban cafe and bar, for a festive wonderland. The bar’s holiday pop-up will be open every Wednesday through Sunday until January 2, so you can sip on ​​specialty winter cocktails like Winter Island, a hot cocktail with green tea and passionfruit-champagne syrup. The pop-up features top bartenders from throughout the city, so you won’t want to miss a chance to taste their creations all in one place.
Cost: $14 for specialty cocktails

Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 5
Navy Yard
Bundle up to experience an actual winter wonderland at The Yards’ Sun Deck. The Christmas-themed installation will feature illuminated, 22-feet-tall trees trimmed top to bottom in holiday decor and festive lights that will cast the sun deck in multicolored patterns.
Cost: Free

Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 5
Navy Yard
Head to Maxwell Park at The Yards through New Year's Day to check out a festive, cozy Christmas bar experience for two. The wine bar is offering sparkling wine and eggnog shooters that you can sip while sitting in a heated candy cane greenhouse while listening to festive tunes. Try cocktails like the You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid (a cranberry negroni) and Reindeer Buzz (a cold-brew martini). Maxwell Park will also offer its standard wine list, which includes more than 30 sparkling options perfect for celebrating the season.
Cost: $300 minimum spending requirement

Saturday, December 4
Silver Spring, Maryland
Get in the holiday spirit with a train ride circling around the Village Green at The Station. In addition to the ride, kids can make holiday crafts and get glitter tattoos while adults take in the holiday merriment. Consider bringing at least one unwrapped gift to donate to A Wider Circle, which will go to local families in need and children living in public ousing in DC.
Cost: Free

Friday, December 3
Brookland
This month, the Brookland Arts Walk is taking place every Friday for an extra festive celebration. Head over to the iconic DC neighborhood to check out a variety of art studios, pop-up guests, and mini workshops all to the backdrop of holiday music.
Cost: Free

Saturday, November 4
Shaw
‘Tis the season for twirling and gliding around on ice skates, but you’ll want to grab your skates for solid ground this weekend instead. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, Flo DMVCrushed Skate Shop is hosting a holiday skate equipment drive. Consider donating new and used skate equipment (wheels, trucks, decks, helmets, pads, etc.) which will be distributed to local skaters in need. After you’ve dropped off your equipment, enjoy music and food while you skate with local shredders.
Cost: Free

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Oyin Adedoyin is a Baltimore-area freelance journalist with previous experience at The Wall Street JournalPolitico, and The Baltimore Sun. On the off chance that she’s not writing, you can probably find her nose buried in a good book or learning new songs on the ukulele. Follow her on Twitter @Oyin_Adedoyin_.