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What to Do This Weekend: December 6 to 9

A dreidel-spinning competition, the Danish Embassy’s open house, and more Santa-themed bar crawls than you can handle.

Bring your best dreidel-spinning game to Sixth & I on Sunday. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Thursday, December 6

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION: Skip out of work early for the Royal Danish Embassy’s open house—the one day a year the public is invited to see the Danish ambassador’s home for the amazing Christmas display. Learn more about it in our earlier post. Free. 3 PM.

FAIR TRADES: Pizzeria Paradiso is hosting its Give a Can, Get a Can food drive: Bring in a canned good to donate to Martha’s Table and you’ll get a can of beer. And it’s the good stuff, too: Expect brews from DC Brau, Brewer’s Art, and other craft breweries. 5 to 10 PM.

Friday, December 7

SHOP: What some call junk, others call an opportunity. The artists and handicraftsmen peddling their works at the Re.Boutique, opening Friday, have taken the three Rs to heart—you’ll find all sorts of stocking stuffers and gifts that started out as scrap metal, broken toys, or something else headed for the trash heap. The store is only open a couple of times before Christmas, so check it out while you still can. Free. 5 PM

BAR CRAWL: Your regular hairdo is beautiful, but it’s understandable if you wanna pop on a Katy Perry wig or some fake dreads for the annual Adams Morgan Wig Walk bar crawl. You’ll get drink specials, including $9 Miller Lite pitchers at Grand Central, $1 Rolling Rocks at Madam’s Organ, and $4 shots at Chief Ike’s. Your $20 wristband will go to Ayuda, a charity that helps immigrants get acclimated to DC. Tickets ($20) are available online. 6 PM.

DANCE: Got a bunch of gifts to buy but still need to let loose on a budget? DC9’s weekly Liberation Dance Party is still one of the best bargains around: The $7 cover gets you an open bar from 9 to 10:30. The rest of the night, spend your time moving to indie dance hits (think Passion Pit, MGMT, M83, etc.). 9 PM.

Saturday, December 8

CHRISTMAS: The annual St. John’s Church Christmas Bazaar is this weekend: You’ll find wreaths, holiday sweets and snacks, more poinsettias than you could ever cram in your apartment, and lots of decorations. There’s also Christmas music, food, and a visit from Father Christmas, which I think is Santa’s slightly more religious cousin. Free. 10 AM.

CHRISTMAS (EXPENSIVE VERSION): The Vineyard Vines set dresses up every year for the Capital Club’s Santa Soiree, which includes an open bar, live music by the Winn Brothers Band, and a visit from Santa. Throw on your best interpretation of “Yuletide black tie” and get to schmoozin’. Sorry, guys, you’ve gotta pay more. Tickets ($80 for women, $120 for men) are available through Eventbrite. 9 PM.

CHRISTMAS (CHEAP VERSION): For the, uhhh, 47 percenters, you can get your holiday drank on at Penn Social’s Holiday Bash, where $4 gets you in the door, a free drink, and $5 seasonal drafts all night. A VIP ticket ($15) gets you an open bar between 9 and 10 PM. DJ Chris Styles will spin all night—start out playing cornhole, shuffleboard, and pool, then dance as things get a bit messy. 9 PM.

CRAWL OR STUMBLE, THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: I’m going to go ahead and openly question the wisdom of having competing Santa-themed bar crawls on the same Saturday, but if Saint Nick has to make naughty/nice decisions on millions of children, you can decide which one is worth rounding up you and your reindeer (dressed) friends for. The annual DC Santa Crawl brings about 1,300 people to Dupont bars every year—for $7 (if you buy on Living Social), you’ll get specials at BlackFinn, Black Rooster, Bottom Line, Public, Recessions, and the Mighty Pint.

The Georgetown Santa Stumble, meanwhile, hits up Third Edition, Rhino Bar, and Old Glory. You’ll get into every bar for free if you dress up like Santa, an elf, reindeer, Mrs. Claus, or the Holiday Armadillo. In fact, I’ll buy you a drink if you dress up as the Holiday Armadillo.

DC Santa Crawl: $7 to $15, 2 to 9 PM

Santa Stumble: free, 4 PM

COMEDY: It’s the first day of Hanukkah, so you know Sixth & I is going all out: They’re bringing in actor, comedian, and notable Jewish person Judah Friedlander to do his whole ironic trucker hat thing for their Chanu-Comedy celebration, which also features Louis Katz. Tickets ($25) are available online. 8 PM.

Sunday, December 9

ARTS ’N’ CRAFTS: For the Etsy/Pinterest enthusiasts, Ginger Root Design is hosting Drink and DIY, featuring holiday-themed cocktails to loosen you up before you start an arts-and-crafts sesh, where you’ll make little wreaths, stationery, and lots of other stuff. Tickets ($15) are available through Eventbrite. 6 PM.

MUSIC: The Phillips Collection’s Sundate includes two concert tickets, two cocktails, and a dessert at Tryst. This week, violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist John Blacklow perform the music of Robert Schumann. Tickets ($50) are available online. 4 PM.

COMPETITIVE HOLIDAY GAMING: Made your own dreidel out of clay? Think you’ve got what it takes to spin with the best of em? Put your money where your mouth is at Sixth & I’s and MesorahDC’s Dreidel Championship, featuring an open bar, lots of latkes, and live music, presumably playing that one dreidel song over and over again. Free. 7:30 PM.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler

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