Things to Do

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.

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.

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