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Holiday Craft and Cooking Classes Around DC

Make your own cookies, gingerbread houses, wreaths, candles, ornaments, and more.

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With the winter holidays quickly approaching, DC is getting decked out in lights, festive displays, and holiday markets. If you’re wanting to bring the festivity home with you and don’t know where to start, several DC craft and cooking classes offer a chance to make the season your own. Learn how to craft cocktails, classic winter foods, decorations, baked goods, and more to fit your vision for the holidays–and learn a new skill while you’re at it.

Cookie and Sweet Treat Decorating

Here’s a simple way to make the holidays sweeter: Unwind and get creative with these cookie-decorating classes and sweet treat workshops.

Very Merry Cookie Decorating Class

Nothing Bundt Cakes, Alexandria | December 2


Kids Holiday Treats Class (Ages 5-8)

Cookology Culinary School, Arlington | December 3


Winter Cookie Decorating Class

Lost Boy Cider, Alexandria | December 6


Gingerbread House Decorating

Hotel Zena, Downtown DC | December 9


Cookie and Christmas Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

NVS Kitchen and Bath, McLean | December 9


Kids Holiday Baking Class (Ages 8-17)

Cookology Culinary School, Arlington | December 9


Cookies and Cocoa: Cookie Ornaments

Shop Made in DC, multiple DC locations | December 9 and 17


Gingerbread House Workshop

Metrobar, Northeast DC | December 10


Christmas Cake and Cookie Decorating Class

Creative Grounds DC, Bloomingdale | December 16


Cooking and Cocktails

Hoping to dazzle your friends and family with culinary masterpieces this holiday season? These classes can prepare you to impress with seasonal drinks and fare.

Hot Cocktail Workshop

Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden, Alexandria | November 28


Cooking’s a Drag! (Lasagna, Latkes, Tunes, and Twirls)

Sticky Fingers Diner, H Street Corridor | December 3


Speakeasy Christmas Cocktail Making Class

CODE RED, Adams Morgan | December 4


Holiday Cooking: Brunch

Cookology Culinary School, Arlington | December 10


Holiday Breakfast Class

Cookology Cooking School, Arlington | December 17


Wreath Making

If you’re looking to keep your holiday decor classic but want to add a personal touch, try these wreath making classes in the area to craft a simple, seasonal addition for your front door or porch.

Winter Wreath Building with Cocktails

Union Market, NoMa | December 1, 5, and 13


Wreath Making Workshop

Hotel Washington, Penn Quarter | December 5


Wreath Construction

the US Botanic Garden, DC | December 8


Holiday Wreath Decorating

Shop Made in DC – The Roost, Capitol Hill | December 9


Make Your Own Ornaments

Christmas trees are just a little better when there’s a handmade ornament or two (or a dozen). Attend these ornament-crafting sessions to design your own unique Christmas tree trappings.

Ornament Workshop

PlantHouse, Alexandria | November 25


Kids Ornament Workshop

PlantHouse, Alexandria | November 26


Pressed Flower Holiday Ornaments Workshop

Shop Made in DC – Georgetown | November 26


Create Your Own Clay Ornament

The Village in Union Market, NoMa | December 3


Dried Floral Glass Ornament Class

PLNTR, Dupont Circle | December 7


Sip and Make: Ornament Making Workshop

Shop Made in DC – Georgetown| December 7


Other Holiday Crafts

If something a little more offbeat is your taste, there are plenty of less common crafts to spice up your winter holidays. These classes teach crafts such as rug tufting and terrarium building.

Sip and Pour: Festive Candle Making

Shop Made in DC – Union Market | November 21 and December 20


Elves Night Out Terrarium Workshop

PlantHouse, Alexandria | November 28


Winter Wine Glass Paint Party

Jula’s on the Potomac, Alexandria | November 29


Sip and Make: Holiday Hand Lettering Workshop

Shop Made in DC – Georgetown | November 29


Holiday Classic Flower Class

Petal’s Edge Floral Design, Alexandria | December 13


Sip and Stitch: Stitch a Snowflake

Shop Made in DC, multiple DC locations | December 6 and 13


Rug Tufting Workshop: Holiday Edition

The Spice Suite, Northeast DC | December 19


Christmas Centerpiece Workshop and Whiskey Tasting

Belga Cafe, Capitol Hill | December 19

Hope Cartwright
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