2009 Holiday Guide

Concert and performance pieces

There’s magic in the air. It’s the Jingle Bells ringing in your head, and the Silent Night serenely reminding you that Christmas is near.

National tree lighting

For 86 years now, the United States has lit a National Christmas Tree here in the District. Always a festive spectacle, on a breezy, chilly evening this year was no different. “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson hosted the event. “Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, 19, Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and rapper Common joined singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne and the group Celtic Woman on stage for a holiday celebration.

Hotel happenings

The Hay-Adams

The Hay-Adams has dozens of Christmas trees and every mantel seems to be covered in holly and glass bulbs. The hotel also is making D.C. office-dwellers well aware of holiday party options.

Gifts from Capitol Hill

For those of you working on Capitol Hill and wondering what to get the history buff in your life, there are a few places perfect for some only-in-D.C. gifts.

Dining out

Old Ebbitt Grill

The Old Ebbitt Grill is a popular D.C. staple located downtown on 15th Street. Head here if you have family in for the holidays or if you’re looking for a fun place to go with friends to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Holiday gift options

D.C. has plenty of gift options for those who are trying to figure out where to by the perfect item for that special someone. Check out the Capitol Gift Shop if you’re working long hours on the hill, or Co Co Sala if you work downtown. For a unique idea, tickets to Taste of the Nation could be ideal.