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Your Comprehensive 2021 Holiday-Season Calendar of Things to Do in DC

From holiday markets and pop-up bars to caroling and a Hanukkah film festival, 100-plus ways to have the best season ever. Updated Regularly!

We will keep updating this list throughout the season. This list was last updated on Friday, December 3.


Holiday Markets


Trees, Menorahs, Lights & Decorations


Pop-Up Bars + Decorated Bars


Get Togethers + Parties


Festive Crafts + Workshops

Drinks, Cookies, & Treats 

Wreaths, Decor, & Ornaments

Paper Goods

Self-Care + Fitness 

The Performing Arts

Theater, Ballet, Drag & Comedy


Music + Radio

Caroling & A Capella

Lectures & Museums


Santa, I know him!

 (For a more complete guide, see this article


Buy A Tree


Ice Rinks + Mazes 


Things to Do in Maryland


  • Nov 19-Jan 2 Zoo Lights (outside, $28 adult walk-through, wine and beer festival “Brrr Fest” is Nov 26-27)
  • Nov 25-Dec 24 Baltimore Christmas Village (outside, free entry, closed Nov 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & Dec 6, 7, 13, 14)

Howard County

Montgomery County

Prince George’s County

Things to Do in Virginia




Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.