Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and the like, come up fast! School is already back in session in some states, stores have been displaying Halloween themed items, and before you know it, the holiday season will be here. Below, in no particular order, find some wonderful activities to do during this busy season of the year in Washington DC.
Thanksgiving Take-Home Menu
Part of the Smithsonian, the American Indian Museum is offering traditional Thanksgiving food to purchase. It is the only day you can order, so take a trip to the museum to see the artwork and history of the American Indians and then order your Thanksgiving dinner. Food can be picked up November 24th and 26th.
American Indian Museum
Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe
10am – 5:30 pm
November 14 2010
Washington-National-Cathedral- The Joy of Christmas
This beautiful Cathedral, located in a suburban part of Washington DC, close to the Maryland border, has wonderful festivals and tours. It is usually the Cathedral the Presidents attend on special holidays. During December this year, go see “The Joy of Christmas”. New carols, and old favorites will be sung by a spectacular student choir. Tickets must be purchased.
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue
December 11 & 12 2010
The Capitol Christmas Tree
The National Christmas Tree is the tree lit by the President each year, however, this is The Capitol Christmas Tree which is lit by the Speaker of the House, which will be Nancy Pelosi. Energy efficient lights will be used, and after the ceremony, the tree will be re-lit each day from dusk to 11 pm until evening January 1st, 2011.
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting
West Lawn of the Capitol Building
Constitution and Independence Avenues
The Odd Potato – A Chanukah Celebration
Gesher Jewish Day School will present “The Odd Potato” which is a Chanukah story. There will be a Chanukah dinner before the festive show.
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court
Fairfax, VA (suburb of DC)
December 8, 2010 7 – 9pm
Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Alexandria Black History Museum. Admission is free. Come learn the history of Kwanzaa and what it stand for for African American citizens.
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA (across the bridge from DC)
December 11, 2010 11am – 1pm