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“Dear PoPville,

Can you please call attention to how awful the national tree experience is this year. Throughout the years, things have been taken away. First it was the reindeer. Next it was the yule log fire pit (that everyone loved!) And now it is as if the state trees have been taken away too. Thanks to sponsorship by Google, every state tree was exactly the same programmed lite brite looking robot tree. It was like looking out at some terrifying homogenized, digitized vision of the future. If you walked on, you found that the ornaments sent in by each state, which previously decorated the state trees, were given tree shaped wooden cutouts. And each state was not even given a whole one of those. They were split half one state and half the next state.

In years past, kids and adults would marvel at the flames from the yule log warming the group and providing reflection and conversation. Now kiosks are available for designing your own personalized national tree. So we get to go out with our family to stare at another screen. So much for bringing people together in public spaces. These places used to belong to us. Now just Google.”

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From an email:

“Celebrate the holiday season with our 9th annual free outdoor arts and crafts festival on Upshur Street in Petworth!

Come shop along the 800 block of Upshur Street in Petworth, where businesses and restaurants will be open and vendors will be lining the street selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods. If you get chilly, you can pop inside for more unique items at Willow DC or Fia’s Fabulous Finds. You can also pick up a new read at Upshur Street Books, find a vintage treasure at Bentley’s Vintage Furniture & Collectibles or have a bite to eat at Domku or Petworth Citizen if you need a warm-up.

Musical Performances by:
12pm – Flo Anito Music
1pm – Sara Curtin
2pm – The Lucky So & So’s
3pm – Three Man Soul Machine

If your shoulders are getting sore from all the bags you are carrying, Lighthouse Yoga Center is hosting an open house and Petworth Massage will be offering sliding-fee mini-massages. Lighthouse is also having a free kids’ yoga class at 2 PM!

Once you are refreshed, walk across the street to the Petworth Library for their annual used book sale. Then pop over to Annie’s Ace Hardware, where you can pick up some holiday decorations and a tree.

Last but definitely not least, visit the kids’ annex we have in the CrossFit Petworth space, right under Annie’s. Glazed Over will be having a special ornament decorating session, there will be games and crafts for the kids, and you can decorate our wish tree with your holiday wishes. And if you have a bike that needs some holiday love, The Bike House is offering a winterize-your-bike tuneup session from 12-3.

We can’t wait to see you there!”

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2nd and M St, SE – Canal Park courtesy PARCEL Market

From a press release:

“From Friday, December 12th through Sunday, December 14th, Canal Park – a stunning new public park on the site of the historic Washington Canal in the heart of DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood – will host a new weekend-long holiday market called, PARCEL Market at Canal Park.

The weekend-long event will feature a 10,000 square-foot ice rink, an interactive art installation, a large-scale retail tent & food area showcasing a thoughtfully curated list of talented local designers, artists, food artisans, restaurants, and small businesses, with live and local musical performances.

PARCEL Market will be open during the following hours: Friday, December 12th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Saturday, December 13th, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Sunday, December 14th, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (more…)

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From an email:

“The Smithsonian will host a two-day holiday festival, Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, at the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Castle. The festival will include concerts by the U.S. Air Force’s Max Impact, Silver Wings, and Celtic Aire, seasonal films (including The Muppet Christmas Carol), Mars Chocolate demonstrations, family holiday photo opportunities, trunk shows featuring apparel, jewelry and art, book signings, festive food and hours of additional family-friendly entertainment.

There will also be gift-wrapping at the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Holiday Shuttle will loop the National Mall every 10 minutes, transporting festival-goers to the holiday festival locations. For full details, visit the event webpage.”

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From an email:

“4th Annual Columbia Heights Christmas Tree Lighting – Dec 6th
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at 14th and Park Rd., NW.

The lighting ceremony will be Saturday, December 6th at 6:30pm. Last year we had over 400 people attend the lighting. The tree is a wonderful way for residents from across the city (not just Columbia Heights!) to come together as a community during the holiday season.”

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corner of Connecticut Avenue, NW and R Street, NW via facebook

From a press release:

“The annual tree lighting ceremony organized by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) and sponsored by La Tomate is this Thursday. More than 1000 lights and oversized ornaments were used to decorate this beacon at the corner of Connecticut Avenue, NW and R Street, NW in front of La Tomate restaurant.

Community citizens will join this special occasion on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 6:00 pm to light the 20-foot Christmas Tree and usher in the holiday season aided by Santa, his elves and a choir of youth voices. Children from Ross Elementary School will sing carols from 5:30-6:00 to welcome dignitaries and Kris Kringle.

Santa Claus will be on hand for photos with children and those young at heart – free of charge – from 4:00-7:00 p.m. All children will be given a candy cane – if they have been good throughout the year. Complimentary vin chaude (mulled wine) will be provided by La Tomate to those of age. The public is invited to bring their own cameras, and photos taken by HDCMS will be uploaded on the Dupont Circle Main Streets Facebook the next day. A $20 gift certificate to La Tomate Caffe’ will be awarded to the most spirited photo shared on social media with the hashtag #LaTomateTree. This event is free and open to the public – snow or shine. A 10% discount off the dinner bill will be offered to those dining at La Tomate that evening.”