Hometown Tourist: Things To Do In DC This Holiday Season

If you haven’t already noticed, our U.S. Thanksgiving holiday was late this calendar year. It still fell on a Thursday, but the time between then and the oncoming (think semi-truck) holiday season is truncated to three weeks. For folks mathematically challenged like me that’s a full seven days lost between full-onset Holiday.

There are several potential problems this presents. Aside from the obvious shorter period of procrastination, there’s barely time this season to get into the spirit. Think back to your most enjoyable holiday season memories and it becomes clear that the most wonderful were directly relative to becoming swept up in the “spirit.”

Assuming you’re in the DMV/Washington area then you’re in luck, my friend. If the Nutcracker just didn’t doesn’t do it for you, I will be doing a short series on local events to help jumpstart that festive vibe.

First up is the 36th annual Logan Circle House Tour this Sunday, December 7th to get you in the spirit and begin enjoying the season.

If, after some lazy Sunday brunch on the 14th Street/U Street corridor’s restaurant row maybe you’ve wandered by any assortment of magnificent townhomes and row houses and wondered what they look like inside. Well, here is your opportunity to find out.

What is it?

Participants are invited inside ten locations to get an up close view of the architecture, interior design and in some cases art.

Tell Me More

You can purchase advance tickets for $30.00 through December 6th online or in-person at :

On December 7th tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW.

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A peak inside Rhode Island Avenue to give you a flavor for what to expect on Sunday’s house tour. I can’t wait to get a closer look at this painting. Photo credit: Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

This year’s self-guided tour showcases eight residential properties, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the nationally recognized Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage – a celebrated incubator for African-American leaders since the mid-19th century – and Studio Theatre’s always-warming Wassail Reception. Some residential highlights:

  • 1008 Rhode Island Avenue, featured in Luxury magazine (Ooo, fancy!) and designed by interior designer, Breeze Giannasio
  • 1443 Q Street, a rare city home in that it features a large yard, and one I’m personally excited to peak into since I pass it often going to/from the gym.
  • 1310 T Street, a 19th century townhouse that has been completely renovated and, rumor has it, features a ‘to die for’ kitchen.

Why Should I Do It?

The event features musicians and singers to spread some holiday cheer, and a welcome reception at Studio Theater. More importantly, proceeds from the event help with a variety of community maintenance and beautification projects. It’s a simple way you can give a little back to the community. And really, giving is what the season is about!

This weekend will be double festive as I’m dragging Mr Os and friends to check out the “Rockin’ the Holidays” performance by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC. I’m a “newbie” at this event and look forward to sharing more with you next week.


Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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