Plan Ahead for Fun this Holiday Season!



Washington DC is a fun place to be for the holidays, but you really have to plan ahead if you want to snag seats at the most desirable restaurants and entertaining attractions.  If any of these sound good to you, I recommend moving forward with tickets and reservations asap!


Three Nice Restaurants to Consider:


Formerly Carlyle Grand Cafe at Shirlington, it’s one of those Great American Restaurants that do a really good job for mixed age groups,  has a beautiful art-deco theme.  Reservations here.

The Hamilton

A holiday tradition for our family,  The Hamilton accommodates large groups, has something for everyone; delicious food and a really gorgeous dining room that makes the night feel special.  Reservations here.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

This small restaurant in Logan Circle specializes in oysters and seafood, and the food and cocktails are outstanding.  It’s more on the hip side, perfect for double date or small outing with older teens or young adults. Reservations here.


Four Options for a Big Fancy Holiday Outing

The Nutcracker

Experience a classic holiday tradition with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfax Ballet – even if you don’t typically enjoy classical music and ballet, this is the one time of year it just feels right.  One performance only:  Sunday December 16 at 4:00. Tickets are $49 to $89 and you can buy them here.

Suggested Lunch or Dinner spot if you’re seeing The Nutcracker:  21 Great American Bistro  When in Fairfax, this is a solid choice for steak, lamb, and seafood.


Ice Sculptures at The Gaylord

This year’s ICE! extravaganza features the lovable characters of Charlie Brown carved from two million pounds of ice.   I don’t know about you, but for me it’s all about Snoopy.  Spoiler alert: Charlie Brown rediscovers the meaning of Christmas.  Tip: wear the warmest shoes you can find.  Nov 16 to Jan 1; Tickets are $44 to $76 and you can buy them here.

Suggested lunch or dinner spot if you’re seeing the ICE! show:  Succotash Restaurant gets the best reviews in that area around the Gaylord.  


Cirque Du Soleil Crystal

I don’t think I have to explain this one.  But I personally think these shows are usually spectacular and always feel special.  December 5th through 9,  tickets are $48 to $140, and you can buy them here.

Suggested lunch or dinner spot if you’re seeing Cirque: Clyde’s Gallery Place is a trusty stop that seems especially appropriate at the holidays.


Billy Elliot at the Signature Theater

Musical-lovers are raving about this production of the Tony-winning adaptation of the British movie of the same name. This heartwarming tale about an 11 year old boy who would rather dance than work is set to music by Elton John.  Tickets are $40 to $109, and you can buy them here.

Suggested lunch or dinner spot if you’re seeing Billy Elliot:  Le Diplomat.  Just trust me on this one and get your reservations ASAP.

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