Newsletter for December 6 to December 12 Newsletter for December 6 to December 12


DAR Christmas Open House

On Wednesday, December 11, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, experience the 18th annual holiday open house at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Tour 31 historic period rooms decorated in holiday settings, visit the DAR Museum's Americana Collection, and enjoy Christmas music including caroling from area choirs. Visitors are encouraged to bring new or lightly used children's books to donate to the DAR Open House book drive.


One of the benefits that Cultural Tourism DC brings to Washington is choice. If you review this weekly Communiqué or scan our online Calendar of Events, it becomes abundantly clear that we promote more than the big, splashy presentations and exhibitions that are vitally important to the cultural life of a city. We help you find more intimate events where people are glad to greet you and share an authentic experience. As you entertain guests, look for things to do, and places to shop this holiday season, consider our Affiliates. You'll find alphabetical as well as geographical/neighborhood listings on our website. Also, they offer a vast array of novel gift items so if you cannot visit in person, consider that you're a couple of clicks away from their digital store in our digital shopping mall. Enjoy!

Van Ness Main Street

Van Ness Main Street is one of 18 participants in the District of Columbia's Main Street Program. Bounded by Connecticut Avenue NW from Van Ness Street north to Albemarle Street, the organization works to support and enhance its retail corridor. In addition, Van Ness Main Street hosts seasonal activities, including a Retail Pop-Up Shop. The 4th Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop kicks-off with a preview party on Friday, December 13 at 5:30 pm. Visit the shop again December 14 and 15 to shop, make holiday cards and sing carols.

Friday, December 6

Event - Artist Talk: Wilfredo Valladares
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Exhibit - Patrick Dougherty's O Say Can You See
U.S. Botanic Garden

Film - Mirai
Japan Information Culture Center

Event - Brews and Banter: Amadeus
Folger Shakespeare Library

Saturday, December 7

Event - Historical Tea
DAR Museum

Event - Pictures with Santa
Congressional Cemetery

Concert - Holiday Sing Along
The Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Event - Santa Fly In
College Park Aviation Museum

Sunday, December 8

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Exhibit - World Press Photo Exhibit 2019
Dupont Underground

Concert - Classical Jam
The Mansion on O Street 

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Event - Healthy Animal Fats with Dr. Bill Schindler
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hosptial

Monday, December 9

Exhibit - None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Event - Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute
Folger Shakespeare Library

Tour - National Mall
DC by Foot

Exhibit - Storied Women of the Civil War
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, December 10

Event - Arabic Language Through Music
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Event - Hometown History Orientation: Genealogy Collections
Historical Society of DC 

Event - Tuesday Talk: Carving Consent, Crafting Confinement
DAR Museum

Concert - The Capital Hearings, a cappella
U.S. Botanic Garden

Wednesday, December 11

Exhibit - Gallery Talk: Live Dangerously
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Inside Today's FBI

Exhibit - Smart Policies for a Changing Climate
American Society of Landscape Architects

Exhibit - Secret Door Tour: Be A Super Sleuth!
The Mansion on O Street

Thursday, December 12

Event - Christmas and the Civil War
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Tour - Monuments and Memorials
Washington Photo Safari

Exhibit - Small Treasures Show
Zenith Gallery at 1429 Iris Street, NW

Exhibit - Jana Brike, LabBodies, and WPOW
IA&A at Hillyer

Newsletter for December 6 to December 12, 2019. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

A Dupont Circle Holiday

Visit Dupont Circle on Saturday, December 7, from noon to 5:00 pm, to shop for holiday gifts. Stop by more than 20 Dupont Circle merchants to meet guest vendors offering their holiday artisanal wares at in-store Pop-Ups, then trek over to the Art Rave Market and the Heurich House Christkindlmarkt for more holiday treats. At 5:30 pm, gather in front of La Tomate Bistro for caroling and the lighting of the Dupont Circle Christmas Tree.

Hill Center Galleries Opening Reception

Enjoy the work of seven artists on Monday, December 9, as the Hill Center Galleries hosts an Opening Reception for its new series of solo and group exhibitions. From the abstract to mixed media and pencil, these exhibits will transport gallery visitors to foreign and familiar places. In addition to the exhibiting artists, Hill Center Galleries will feature special handmade gifts by local artisans. The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work.

Tribute to Tchaikovsky

Get tickets for Russian Chamber Art Society's 2019 holiday concert on Thursday, December 12, at 7:30 pm. The event is a special tribute to Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and will be held at the French Embassy's La Maison Francaise. Known for his ballets and operas, Tchaikovsky displayed a gift for melody in Russian art songs or "romances." Lyric tenor Fanyong Du will perform a selection of Tchaikovsky's romances with pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern. General admission tickets of $55 include the concert and a wine reception with the artists.

Visit the Newseum Before It Closes

Take the opportunity to visit the Newseum, a museum with seven levels of historic galleries and theater exhibits dedicated to the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. The Newseum has on display the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, dating back to 1942. The Inside Today's FBI exhibit gives visitors a view into the FBI's work, with a focus on the fight against terrorism and cybercrime in the post 9/11 world. The Newseum is open through December 31, 2019, so purchase your tickets online and get a 15 percent discount using code 15OFF.

December 14
Improv Night at CHAW
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

December 17 
Cozy Christmas
Events DC

December 18
Jazz Mix and Mingle
DC Jazz Festival

December 18
Red Cross Christmas Parcels: Holiday Cheer for the Troops
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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