The Capital Region’s largest resort holiday celebration, Christmas On The Potomac, presented by FUJIFILM INSTAX®, will shine a little brighter this year at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The nearly 2,000 room hotel is showcasing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer carved in colorful ice sculptures at its popular ICE! attraction. The annual celebration kicks off November 18 and is promising more thrills and chills for its daily holiday line-up.
Guests also can enjoy the thrill of sliding down two-story tall ice slides in the Island of Misfit Toys. The attraction concludes with a breathtaking Nativity scene carved from crystal ice and set behind a twinkling light curtain.
ICE! is open daily from November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Tickets cost $32* for adults ages 12 and older and $24* for children ages 4 to 11 on value days; $38* for adults and $31* for children on general admission days; and $39* for adults and $32* for children on peak days. Kids 3 and younger are free. Military and group ticket pricing is available. Hours vary and can be found at www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com.
If ice sculptures weren’t enough, the resort also has transformed itself into a Christmas wonderland. Featuring more than two million lights, a suspended 55-foot tall Christmas tree, a 20-foot wide Washington, D.C. gingerbread display and a magical Christmas Village, families and friends will be filled with holiday spirit when enjoying the resort’s plethora of activities.
The resort also offers a Build-A- Bear Workshop® experience where guests make their very own furry winter friend – a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. For even more fun, families can work together to solve the Build-A- Bear Workshop® Scavenger Hunt to gain a “beary” special prize.
New this year, Gaylord National also is introducing a live entertainment show, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular, set within the resort’s stunning 19-story atrium. Visitors can enjoy the rich harmonies of classic and modern songs that celebrate the joy of the holiday season performed by Gaylord National singers. Tickets start at $11.99* for all ages. Military pricing is available. The show is immediately followed by a free Tree Lighting Show that includes laser lights, a dancing water fountain, indoor snow flurry and holiday music – all centered on the resort’s suspended Starlight Christmas Tree.
Visitors also can delight in a new family breakfast featuring Rudolph, the star of ICE! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast is a one-of- a-kind interactive character breakfast experience with tableside visits by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play games and sing-a- long to favorite music from the
beloved television special. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast is offered on select days and costs $39.99* for adults ages 12 and older and $26.99* for children ages 4 to 11. Kids 3 and younger are free.
For visitors 21 and older, Gaylord National’s beverage director has created a Mistletoe Mixology class designed to teach participants the basics of cocktail making. The 90-minute hands-on class includes crafting three unique holiday cocktails paired with hors d’oeuvres provided by the resort chef. The class costs $29.00* and is available select dates during Christmas On The Potomac.
To experience the best of Christmas in the Washington, D.C. area, the resort offers two overnight packages including unlimited priority entry to ICE! Packages include:
For more information on Christmas On The Potomac at Gaylord National Resort and to book a package or tickets to ICE! and other holiday attractions, visit www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com, call 301-965-4000 and follow Facebook.com/GaylordNationalResort.
DC Champagne week is returning to Washington this week for its second iteration. The weeklong celebration will focus on celebratory and educational events surrounding the season's most celebratory libation.
Events range from the novice to expert, with weeklong specials featured at Macon Bistro. Specialized events include a Ladies Roundtable and Tasting, five course Champagne Pairing Dinner at Mirabelle, Biodyanmic and Sustainable Wine Seminar at Dio Wine Bar, and a Rare Vintages Presentation and Pairing at Columbia Room.
Co-Founder Alison Marriott said, "For our second year, we want to offer guests more tailored events. We've always sought to promote the diversity of champagne, and our program this year features events at a range of price points and expertise."
Marriott was recently intronised as a Dame Chevalier with the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and hopes to share her passion for champagne with Washingtonians.
All event information and registration is available at www.dcchampagneweek.com/events.
The overnight package includes luxurious accommodations and a visit with Santa in his luxuriously designed suite. Children of all ages will receive a yummy treat and a holiday keepsake.
In preparation for Santa’s check-in, Fairmont has partnered with official elves from EDGE Floral Event Designers. They are busy transforming his suite into a stunningly whimsical winter wonderland. Exquisitely decorated trees will twinkle along with a host of enchanting details, from an elegant, mirrored dining table, set with places for Santa and his special guests, to a letter-writing station for leaving holiday wish lists.
Guests booking this package, who post or tweet a photo of their Santa visit, using the hashtag #fairmontdcwonder, will automatically be entered to win a number of prizes including a stay at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland Suite is also available for small receptions and even wedding proposals. For information on how to book the suite contact Fairmont’s Director of Catering Robert Mikolitch at Robert.email@example.com
The Winter Wonderland Weekend package is available on weekends from Friday, November 25, 2017 through Saturday, December 23rd. Rates start from $185 per night for up to two adults and their children under 18 years of age. To book the Winter Wonderland Weekend Package, visit www.fairmont.com/washington or call 1-800-540-4545.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one!
Hailed by The New York Daily News as a "delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload" and "so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!," audiences around the country continue celebrating the most wonderful time of the year at this multi-million dollar live stage production.
Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites, don’t miss snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions will leave you mesmerized. Experience this 2-hour theatrical phenomenon the Boston Globe proclaims "full-on sensory immersion in which Las Vegas meets family entertainment meets musical theater" and BroadwayWorld hails “The Perfect Holiday Gift…a show that everyone will enjoy... colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining."
Opens at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on Wednesday, December 6th and runs through Saturday, December 9th
Visit CirqueDreams.com for more information.
The holiday season is in full swing here in NOVA, and here at Housewives In The City, we're connecting our readers to our favorite local businesses in our area. We're proud to present our First Annual Shop Local Holiday Guide!
There's two great area locations:
Join us for Nats Winterfest, returning December 16 and 17 to the Washington Convention Center. The Nationals' event of the offseason will again feature two days of fun!
Open to fans of all ages, guests can enjoy holiday and baseball themed activities and interactive events, meet and greet their favorite Nationals player and coaches, take a photo with Santa, enjoy their favorite ballpark concession, do any last-minute holiday shopping and much more! Activities include:
• Clinics with Nationals players and coaches
• Watch a Home Run Derby featuring the Nationals mascots
• Make a snow fort, participate in the steal home challenge and take batting practice
• Hear a winter or baseball-themed story, read by a Nationals player
• Participate in the Kids Press Conferences
• Sign up for 2018 season Jr. Nats Kids Club memberships at the Jr. Nationals Kids Club kiosk
• Ride down The Slider, a giant slide reminiscent of a sledding hill
• "Video Pitch," where fans can give virtual batters their best pitch
Tickets may be purchased in advance with prices increasing at the door. Visit www.nationals.com/Winterfest.
Admission for children 2 and under is free. Once inside, all attractions are free of charge (except purchasing items such as merchandise, food and beverage). Tickets must be purchased separately to each individual day.
The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, exhibits, activities as well as seasonal décor will be available throughout the day. Musical performances by U.S. Air Force Band High Flight and movie screenings will also take place during the festival.
Other highlights include chocolate sampling during a demonstration by Mars Heritage Chocolate and explore the Children’s Television Holiday display showcasing popular childhood characters such as the Howdy Doody marionette, and more. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of treats at the museum cafe.
US Air Force Singing Sergeants Performances
December 2 & 3 at 12 noon, 1PM, 2 PM
Cooking Up History
Caribbean Holiday Traditions with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Guest Chef Jennifer Selman of Crown Bakery
December 2 at 1 PM
Coulter Plaza, 1 West
Sounds of Faith Musical Performances
December 3 at 3PM
Coulter Stage, 1 West
Warner Bros. Theater
Mars Heritage Chocolate “From Bean to Bar” program
December 2 & 3
Mars chocolate will be returning this year for chocolate demonstrations.
Dec 2: 10-5 & Dec 3: 10-3
Throughout the museum
Theme – Red, White, and Blue
Holiday Merchandise and free gift wrapping
Main Store, 1 Center
Stars & Stripes Café, Lower Level
Sounds of Faith: Songs of Hanukkah
Join them for a free special holiday installment of our Sounds of Faith music series!
On Sunday, December 3, local Cantor and singer Arianne Brown will perform traditional
Hanukkah songs and share stories about the origins and traditions of the holiday. Hanukkah music recalls the holiday’s traditional lighting of the menorah in commemoration of the dedication of the Jewish temple in 165 B.C. Arianne Brown is the Cantor, a Jewish musician trained to lead a congregation in songful prayer, at local synagogue Adas Israel. Fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish, Cantor Brown is also an expert Torah and Megilah reader, pianist, composer, and theater director. Join us here at the National Museum of American History at 2:30 p.m. to see her performance and take part in a traditional Hanukkah activity. Sounds of Faith programming is part of the Religion in America initiative, made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. This program is part of the Smithsonian Holiday Festival.
This year Fair Oaks Mall is offering many ways to make your Holiday Season extra special. There are three different Santa meet and greet opportunities- Santa Paws, Santa's Flight Academy, and Sensory Friendly Santa, so there really is something for everyone!
Fair Oaks Mall will offer pet parents a chance to celebrate the holiday season and visit with Santa . Visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events for dates and times.
Pet photos will take place at the brand new interactive Santa’s Flight Academy holiday set located in Grand Court West .
Please note that pets must be up to date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness.
Santa's Flight Academy
‘Santa’s Flight Academy’ Returns Exclusively to Fair Oaks Mall this Holiday Season
This Larger-than-life reimagination of the North Pole features state-of-the-art technology that transforms each child into a ‘Cadet’ and delivers a sneak peak of ‘Ferdinand ’ in theaters Dec. 15.
“It's incredibly special to see the beloved tradition of visiting Santa come to life through this unique and interactive experience,” said Teresa Truong - Chea marketing and sponsorship director , Fair Oaks Mall . “ Santa’s Flight Academy personalizes the journey for every child by placing them front and center as the hero who saves the day.”
As an elite flight crew member, the mission is to ensure Santa’s sleigh is prepared to deliver presents to children around the world. Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, the ‘Cadet’ will present their official badge and immediately be recognized by name on digital screens .
From there, children will be fitted for a virtual flight suit , navigate a flight course, inspect and power the sleigh all before takeoff . At the end of the adventure , each child will step inside the 22 foot tall sleigh for an enchanted snowfall dance party before meeting and receiving a gift from Santa.
As a special treat, the holiday set will showcase a sneak preview of the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand in partnership with 20th Century Fox . In theaters Friday, December 15 , the film tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart and proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
Santa’s Flight Academy will be available exclusively at Fair Oaks Mall from Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, December 24.
To help expedite the process, visitors are encouraged to create official flight crew badges online via the center’s website, or through the mobile app available for both Android and iPhone platforms. Badges can also be created onsite at Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks.
A variety of photo packages , each including a complimentary Lovepop card , will be available for purchase . Santa’s Express Lane passes, allowing families to reserve a time block and avoid lengthy lines, may be purchased online http://www.santaexpresslane.com/ .
Fair Oaks Mall will host three toned - down visits with Santa for children with autism and other special needs at the brand new Santa’s Flight Academy holiday set located in Grand Court West. During each event, lights and music will be turned down to help create a calm environment for kids. Registration is required, so families can visit Eventbrite to reserve a spot. For more information on holiday events and promotions visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events.
Saturday , November 18 , 2017 , 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Sunday , November 1 9 , 2017, 8 :30AM - 10 :30AM
Friday , December 8 , 2017, 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Reserve your space now for the 6th annual Sensory Friendly Santa event at Fair Oaks Mall's Santa's Flight Academy! Fair Oaks Mall will create sensory-friendly adaptations to Santa's Flight Academy to allow for a softer environment with lower lights and sounds for children with special needs. This private event will be hosted outside of traditional mall hours and will allow your family to avoid the lines this holiday season.
This year, we'll be hosting 3 sessions. Space is limited. Each family that attends will receive $10 off their photo package during this special event.
Register your family:
Saturday, November 18: https://sensorysantanov182017.eventbrite.com
Sunday, November 19: https://sensorysantanov192017.eventbrite.com
Friday, December 8: https://sensorysantadec82018.eventbrite.com
About Santa's Flight Academy: Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. Now through December 24th in Center Court. For more information about Fair Oaks Mall, visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com.
The Embassy of Sweden invites the whole family to participate in a day of creativity, imagination, and fun. Enjoy theatre, workshops, crafts and film screenings, swap toys with new friends and partake in a Swedish fika. Whether you join us for a few hours or for the whole day, come to play, perform, or take in a performance designed to engage kids and parents alike. Read more about our activities below.
The event will take place in House of Sweden, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Free admission and no registration required.
10:10 am - Imagination Stage
11:00 am - Guji Guji
12:00 pm - Imagination Stage
1:00 pm - Imagination Stage
2:00 pm - Guji Guji
Available all day (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Retoy – swap toys with new friends and meet founder and CEO Soledad Pinero Misa
Quiz – take an interactive “quiz tour” together, with questions for both kids and parents
“Swedish Fish Pond” – find a surprise among the fish
Crafts & Painting – bring your creativity and imagination!
Story Time in “Room for Children”
Film screening – to be announced
Traditional Swedish Fika
Guji Guji by Boulevardteatern
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
One of the highlights of the day is the children’s theater piece Guji Guji by the acclaimed Boulevardteatern performing group, which is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is on a United States tour. Based on the popular book by Chih Yuan Chen, Guji Guji is a tale about differences and similarities, love, friendship, and thinking for yourself. With performances starting at 11 am and 2 pm, participants will have two opportunities to see Guji Guji at House of Sweden. Boulevardteatern will also perform Guji Guji at other venues during the Kids Euro Festival.
Best for ages 3-8, but all are welcome!
"So good, I keep forgetting it´s a children’s show"
"A tribute to Chih Yuan Chens book /../ and an accolade to imagination, humor, and the unlimited art of mime."
- Minst En Gång i Veckan
Read more about Guji Guji and Boulevardteatern here.
You and Me Song Circle with Imagination Stage
10:10 am, 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm
Imagination Stage theater offers an interactive workshop designed for children to experience a step into the world of music and theater! In this workshop, an Early Childhood Teaching Artist accompanied by a live percussionist explores a Swedish children's story with your family through song, movement, and instruments. This workshop is a perfect opportunity for children to broaden their musical horizons and interact with each other. Three workshops will take place during the day at 10:10 am, noon, and 1 pm. Charge your vocal cords and follow on a trip with entertaining storytelling!
Best for ages 0-5, but all are welcome!
Read more about Imagination Stage here.
RETOY – Toy Swap
Available all day
Developed with children in Sweden, Retoy’s toy swap activities give children a chance to experience sustainable consumption in a fun way. The Retoy activity is based on swapping toys with each other. Using the power of play, children gain awareness about how everything and everyone in the world are interconnected.
We are also very happy to announce that Soledad Pinero Misa, founder and CEO of Retoy, will be present at our family day! Soledad will be available to answer questions about Retoy, children’s rights, sustainable development, and much more. Don’t miss out on meeting a fantastic social entrepreneur.
Read more about Retoy here.
Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest cultural festivals for children in America. This popular annual festival features free, family-friendly performances, concerts, movies, and workshops that provide a flavor of European arts and culture. More than 85 activities, designed for children age 2 to 12 and their families, will be presented by the 28 Member States of the European Union in collaboration with more than 20 local and national cultural institutions.
Read more about Kids Euro Festival here.
WHEN: November 4, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington D.C.
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