Washington, DC

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by @maryaabender

MONDAY, DEC. 11

GET YOUR GREENS: No need for a huge, overpowering wreath – head to Shop Made in D.C. for a minimalist wreath-making class. Lil Cox of The Lemon Collective and A Strange Flower will walk you through making a simple wreath of seasonal greens on a gold hoop. The best part? The greens are selected to dry beautifully, so you can keep your creation beyond the season. (Shop Made in D.C., 6 – 7 p.m., $42)

JINGLE BELL ROCK: Get the best bang for your buck at Hot 99.5’s Jingle Ball: One ticket will get you in to see a group of some of music’s hottest artists today, such as Kesha, Logic, Halsey, Zedd, and Fall Out Boy. Early Christmas present, anyone? (Capital One Arena, 7:30 p.m., $60 – $200)

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Last summer, The D.C. Oral History Collaborative partnered with 10 local groups to create new oral history projects throughout the city. Projects included gathering stories on Anacostia, school integration, HIV/Aids in D.C., the city’s jazz history, and more. Join the group tonight to hear what each project unearthed, and learn a little more about D.C.’s past. (Busboys and Poets, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE, registration required)

MORE: Holiday Potluck and Prison Letter-Writing (Emergence Community Arts Collective, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), Bike Maintenance and Security (District Hardware and Bike, 6 – 6:45 p.m., FREE, registration required)

Photo by LaTur

TUESDAY, DEC. 12

COMIDA LATINA: Join pineapple d.c. for Comida Latina, a conversation with women working and running the Latin American food scene in the District. With a particular focus on Mexican, Venezuelan, Cuban, and Colombian food, the event will focus on the rich tradition of these cuisines, as well the under-representation of women in the Latin American cooking world. Hear from Katalina Mayorga of El Camino Travel, Joahna Hernandez of Manos de Maiz, Gabriela Febres of Arepa Zone, Daniella Senior of Colada Shop, and Marcella Kriebel of Comida Latina and Comida Cubana. (Union Market, 6 – 8 p.m., $25)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: The classic musical “An American in Paris” comes to The Kennedy Center today and stays through Jan. 7. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning movie, its dancing and singing are set to the tunes of George and Ira Gershwin. It won four Tony Awards, too, so you know you’re in for a treat. (The Kennedy Center, $59 – $175, times vary)

I SCREAM: Ice cream lovers: Come celebrate the season at Ice Cream Jubilee’s holiday party. At both the T Street and Navy Yard locations, the new non-dairy flavors Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge and Espresso Colada will be debuted, and customers can sample a tasting flight of six mini-scoops and bring a free pint home. Bring socks and canned foods, too, as they’ll be donated to a local shelter. (Navy Yard and T Street, 7 or 8 p.m., $16)

MORE: Empathy & Eyebrows Book Signing with Danni Starr (Shop Made in D.C., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), Dacha Holiday Market (Dacha Beer Garden, 4 – 10 p.m., FREE), Levi Carter (U Street Music Hall, 7 p.m., $20), Drag Bingo with Goldie Grigio (Hilltop Bar & Restaurant, 7 – 9:30 p.m., FREE), Christmas Caroling at the Willard (Willard InterContinental Hotel, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE), Come Light the Night (Ivy and Coney, 5 – 9 p.m., FREE, registration required), Karaoke 4 A Kause (Ben’s Upstairs, 5 – 9 p.m., FREE), Sauf Haus Open Mic Night feat. Emily Henry (Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden, 7:30 – 10 p.m., FREE), Dupont Christmas Caroling (Buffalo Billiards, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Josh Bassett

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

BREW + VIEW: Learn more about German immigrant, beer brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich over drinks tonight with a special Holiday Brewmaster Tour of the Heurich House Museum. Each ticket gets you a docent-led tour of the museum, a seasonal craft beer tasting, and plenty of other festive treats. (Heurich House Museum, 6 – 7:30 p.m., $30)

DIY: Up the present-giving game this season. At Nh.d Studio’s Coffee and Design session tonight, guests will be making their own wrapping paper. Learn to create your own stamps, practice tricks of the trade, and use it all to make one-of-a-kind gift wrap. It may almost make up for the last-minute socks you’re wrapping for Aunt Mildred. (Nh.d Studio, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., $10)

TAKE ME TO CAMP: The Summer Camp Show is a camp-themed comedy show that won’t send you home with ticks or a sunburn (there is adult Bug Juice, though!). Celebrate three years of the show tonight at The Wonderland Ballroom. Plenty of favorite improv comedians and their characters will be back for the big performance, and there will be stand-up and live music, too. (The Wonderland Ballroom, 8 – 10 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Councilmember McDuffie’s Ward 5 Holiday Party (Dock5, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE, registration required), The Emotional Labor Union: Domesticity (The Lemon Collective, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $25), Laredo Art Party with Chris Soto (Laredo Mexican Restaurant, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE, registration required), DJ Diaspora’s Melange (Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe, 9 p.m. – 12 midnight, FREE), Kayak and Dinghy Caroling (Gangplank Marina, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Nathan Castellanos

THURSDAY, DEC. 14

HOLIDAY ROCK: Would it even be the holidays without some jamming from the festive, raucous Trans-Siberian Orchestra? See the group yourself tonight at Capital One Arena. It’s the rock opera that will have you headbanging in the holiday spirit. (Capital One Arena, 7:30 p.m., $46.75)

POP AND FIZZ: Sip some bubbly at The Embassy of France this evening. “Nuit du Champagne” will feature a selection of over 40 champagnes at multiple tasting stations, as well as a caviar tasting, a Champagne sabering ceremony, and live French music and entertainment. Drink up, because it’s all for a good cause, anyways: A portion of the proceeds will go toward renovating La Maison Francaise. (The Embassy of France, 7 – 10 p.m., $90 – $175)

NOCHEBUENA: Inspired by the Latin American tradition of Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve, Tico chef Rodrigo Perez will be hosting a Nochebuena Fiesta. Each of the five courses will be paired with a different kind of Mexican beer, and with meals like crispy pork rib, turkey confit, and Mexican chocolate brownie cheesecake, it’s safe to say no one will go unsatisfied. (Tico D.C., 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., $65)

HANUKKAH HANGOUT: The National Museum of American Jewish Military History hosts its annual Hanukkah Party tonight. Enjoy traditional latkes, jelly doughnuts, and gelt while you explore the museum, play games, and listen to live music. Please bring any old coats, as the museum will be collecting them for homeless and at-risk veterans. (National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Brazilian Happy Hour (The Embassy Row Hotel, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE), Fat Trel with Q da Fool (U Street Music Hall, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., $28), Boozy Bingo (Rock and Roll Hotel, 8 – 11 p.m., FREE)

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