Holidays (December 2011)

Heavenly peace at these getaways

Feeling overwhelmed by work, gift buying or general end-of-the-year stress? Escape the city for a weekend and enjoy the relaxation and holiday fun of these getaways.

From chilly ice to hot chocolate

Looking to spend a winter day in the District but aren’t sure exactly what to do? The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Ice Rink and various cafés make for a great day full of activities.

10 must-sees this season

1. See the National Christmas Tree — The National Christmas Tree is a Washington, D.C., tradition dating back to 1923. Head down to the Ellipse to check out the tree, which will seem smaller to many Washingtonians this year.

Holiday happenings abound

Holiday happenings around the city are sure to make this year’s season merry and bright. It’s time to flee the shopping scene, drop that strand of lights and step away from the oven to check out the festivities and make some new holiday memories.

A lot of holiday shopping can be done in Alexandria

Many people have a large list of gifts to buy this holiday season, but don’t have the time to run around to several different locations to purchase them. By setting aside a few hours to go to Alexandria, Va., you can complete your seasonal shopping.

DC offers plenty of event space

As the holiday season marches on, the ever-present receptions on Capitol Hill and around D.C. will be eclipsed by a slew of holiday parties at hotels and restaurants.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ a bipartisan Christmas favorite

Members of Congress might not always agree on policy issues, but when it comes to favorite holiday movies, they put aside their differences and banded behind their love for the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Treats for the season

Many associate the holiday season with special treats and meals. Many try to think of a simple yet appreciative gift to give to the dog-walker or neighbor. Some are just looking for a sweet snack to enjoy during the day. Several D.C. bakeries are ready to assist you with all your sweets needs. December has brought a flurry of seasonal treats, making party preparations and sweet gifts easier on you.