The holidays bring out our sugar cravings, and there are plenty of opportunities to indulge this week: beer-fueled gingerbread house contests, family-friendly cupcake decorating, and all manner of sweets in between.
Gingerbread for adults: Kids don’t get all the fun at the Fairmont Washington DC, which hosts a gingerbread decorating class for adults on Tuesday at 6. Guests construct sweet homes along with plenty of libations and snacks. Reservations are $85.
Gingerbread for beer lovers: Ventnor Sports Cafe hosts a spirited gingerbread house-building contest on Friday at 7, where participants compete to construct the finest dessert home while sipping 20 holiday beers (gingerbread kits are $10). The party starts at 6, and winners are announced at midnight, so be ready for the long haul. Reserve by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 202-234-3070.
Truffle making: Head to Black’s Bar & Kitchen on Saturday from 11 to 1 and learn to make chocolate truffles. The demo is followed by a three-course Champagne lunch, and includes a box of six chocolates. Reservations are $50 per person.
Georgetown cupcake class: Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne of Georgetown’s famous cupcake shop lead a holiday decorating class at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown on Sunday from 2 to 4. Each guest will frost, decorate, and gift-wrap their own dozen to bring home. Reservations are $75 for persons four and older.
Gingerbread for families: Families are welcome at Brabo on Sunday, where pastry chef Erin Reed leads a gingerbread house building class from 2 to 4. All the materials are ready, and light refreshments are served. Reservations are $30 for families of three, $40 for four.
Yule log 101: Skip gingerbread houses in favor of the holiday’s other traditional treat: yule log cakes. The Gaylord offers a “yule log experience” from 8:30 to 10 on several dates between now and December 27—they include a buffet breakfast, an interactive demo, and a hands-on class where guests get to take home their yule log. The all-ages course is $49.
Italian and Greek cookie class: Head to Kapnos on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 for a holiday cookie-making demonstration focused on two types: koulourakia
(braided sesame cookies) and Italian rainbow cookies. The course includes snacks, wine, and a tray of two dozen cookies ($55 per person).
Decorating party: Cork‘s gingerbread house decorating party returns on Saturday with sessions at 11:30 and 3:30. Adults and children are welcome to participate, with kits available for two adults or two adults and a child per house ($40 per house).