Newsletter for December 27 to January 2, 2019 Newsletter for December 27 to January 2, 2019


Georgetown GLOW

The 6th edition of Georgetown GLOW returns with 11 outdoor art installations created with light at locations throughout Georgetown's commercial district. This year the Georgetown Business Improvement District partnered with the Korean Cultural Center to bring the work of Korean artists Sui Park and Eunsook Lee to Georgetown Park Plaza as well as additional exhibitions at the Korean Cultural Center. Experience Georgetown GLOW from 5:00 to 10:00 pm through January 5. It is a free exhibition for all to enjoy.


This is the last weekend to enjoy the Newseum. It closes its doors on the 31st. Others have closed their doors over the past years, among them, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. While these museums charged for admission, Washington offers a treasure chest full of free attractions and programs to enjoy. Don't get lulled into thinking that free is really free though. It means that rather than selling tickets, organizations like Cultural Tourism DC use other tools to pay their operating expenses. We depend heavily on the generosity of our supporters—people like you—people who enjoy free admission and recognize a responsibility to support presenting organizations with your contributions. Be a philanthropist—or just a donor—and support your favorite cultural organizations with a year-end gift.

Embassy of Botswana

The Embassy of the Republic of Botswana is located at 1531 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. Constructed in 1887 for Simon Wolf, a prominent attorney and former diplomat, the embassy building is a contributing property to the Dupont Circle Historic District. The embassy participated in Passport DC's Around the World Embassy Tour and the Winternational embassy showcase earlier this year. At these events, guests learned about tourism and Botswanan photo safaris, saw extraordinary handcrafted woven baskets, and experienced a taste of the hospitality of this Southern African country at the direction of its ambassador, H.E. David John Newman.

Friday, December 27

Exhibit - DMV Color
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Theater - A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Tour - National Mall
DC by Foot

Saturday, December 28

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

Exhibit - Songs of Christmas Past
DAR Museum

Tour - Monuments and Memorials Travel Photography
Washington Photo Safari

Exhibit - Nativities of the World
Franciscan Monastery

Sunday, December 29

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

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Event - Big Stage Magic Show
Mansion on O Street

Monday, December 30

Exhibit - Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Exhibit - Oman: A Vision of Modernity
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Exhibit - A Monument to Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Tour - Halls of the Senate
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tuesday, December 31

Exhibit - Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Tour - Museum & Gardens
Tudor Place

Event - New Year's Eve Music and Meditation
Gandhi Memorial Center

Exhibit - Season's Greenings: America's Gardens
United States Botanic Garden Conservatory

Wednesday, January 1

Tour - Explore DC's Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
The American Society of Landscape Architects

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

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

Thursday, January 2

Exhibit - Hill Center Galleries
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Exhibit - Hokusai: Mad About Painting
Smithsonian Freer|Sackler 

Newsletter for December 27 to January 2, 2020. 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

Mansion on O Street New Year's Eve

Create your own adventure at the Mansion on O Street Museum. Tour through themed rooms and search for secret doors, signed guitars, memorabilia, art and more on a one-of-a-kind journey. The mansion spans five interconnected town houses, has over 100 rooms, and 70 secret doors to explore, including a hidden wine cellar. It hosts private events as well as holiday events that are open to the public. This year's New Year's Eve Party theme is the Roaring 20's. Put on flapper dresses and tuxedos to celebrate the New Year at this historic site. Purchase tickets here.

National Bell Festival Carillon Concert

Sit back. Really. Sit back to enjoy a special community recital from the Knights Tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception performed by Dr. Robert Grogan, carillonneur and organist emeritus. Let the music shower down on you during this free New Year's Day concert. The public including families with children are welcome to the listen from the lawns surrounding the Basilica. Warm up and enjoy complimentary refreshments of hot cocoa and coffee in the Basilica's cafeteria from 1:45 to 3:00 pm.


Experience the luminary wonder of Zoolights, a free event at Smithsonian National Zoo! More than 500,000 LED lights turn the National Zoo into a winter wonderland. Returning attractions include a ZooTubes slide, 3D glowing animal sculptures, and a laser light show. Board the Smithsonian's National Zoo Choo-Choo for a journey around the Kids' Farm. Each night of ZooLights features a live music or dance performance. The light exhibit is on display though January 1, and illuminated from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Making Sense of Secrets

At the International Spy Museum, try to crack codes and think like an analyst. Experience how policy makers use intelligence to make decisions. Learn about devices devised to make secret messages on the museum's fifth floor. Ranging from ancient devices to quantum computers, cryptologists try to crack the puzzles. The success or failure of codemakers and breakers has affected history. This exhibit is on permanent display.

January 3
First Friday Gallery Opening

IA&A Hillyer


January 5 
Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts


January 7
Cork Wars
International Spy Museum

January 10
Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog
Hill Center

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