For that “Eloise at the Plaza” feel during the holidays, check out the lavishly decorated lobby of the beaux arts Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Amping up the ‘tis-the-season-to-be-jolly vibe are free holiday concerts from 5:30 to 7:30 through Dec. 22 (every night but the 21st) by such ensembles as the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the Cantante Chamber singers of Maryland. A gingerbread house, glittering tree, and hot spiced cider, holiday cookies, and gingerbread add to the general merriment. Eloise would most certainly approve.
The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-628-9100; washington.intercontinental.com.