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Sunday, Dec. 17, 6:00 PM, Holiday Cocktails & Songs of the Seasons at Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 North Capitol St. NW. Enjoy a holiday cocktail reception honoring efforts to help America's veterans and the shelter animals being trained to serve as their lifesaving service dogs. Featuring: cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres. Event proceeds benefit military charity. $50, RSVP.  

Thursday, Dec. 14

11:00 AM, Brief Assembly Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. Continues thru Sunday. Savvy shoppers will have the chance to peruse an array of items perfect for gifting from more than 20 local and national brands. Continues Thursday-Sunday until Christmas Eve. Free, info

5:00 – 8:30 PM, Phillips After 5 at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. These events typically sell out in advance. $12, info

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Alexander Hamilton Tree Decorating with Fillmore Arts Center at The Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 14th and K streets. NW. The hotel has partnered with budding local artists to decorate its holiday tree with a special Alexander Hamilton theme and invites those students to personally decorate the tree. Join them in support. Free, info.  

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Taste for Toys Holiday Toy Drive at Edgar Bar & Kitchen, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Bring a toy and enjoy a complimentary reception hosted by top culinarians and mixologists. All toys will be donated to the Children’s National Hospital, info

8:00 – 10:00 PM, Comedian Chris Fleming at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $25, info.  

Friday, Dec. 15

4:00 – 8:00 PM, Pop-up Ice Lounge at Park at CityCenter, 825 10th St. NW. Enjoy a life-size, modern, ice igloo made of 36,000 pounds of ice blocks. Free, info

8:00 – 11:00 PM, YPFP Holiday Party at Emissary, 2032 P St. NW. Cocktail casual attire and holiday cheer desired. Refugee Assistance Program's resettlement agency partners are collecting new or gently used winter clothing for the homeless. $15, info.  

5:30 – 9:00 PM, Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Celebrate the holidays at George Washington’s estate with fireworks, holiday music, local choirs, re-enactors, a bonfire and more. $25-$34, info.  

7:30 PM, "An American in Paris" at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. This Tony Award-winning musical comes to D.C. for the first time with music from George and Ira Gershwin. Production runs through Jan. 7. Ticket prices vary based on time/seat, info.  

Saturday, Dec. 16

2:00 – 10:00 PM, Miracle on U Street at various participating D.C.-area venues. Enjoy access to U Street’s best bars, exclusive drinks and food specials, free event pictures and a raffle entry to win great prizes. $15, info.

11:30 – 4:00 PM, Nationals Winterfest at The Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. In an event that always produces classic moments between players and fans, for fun interaction, games and autographs. Tickets available for daily entry. $29/youth $39/adult, info

2:00 and 7:00 PM, The Joy of Christmas at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. This marquee event features renditions of Christmas classics and sing-alongs. $34-$80, info.

Saturday, Dec. 16 continued...

7:30 PM, "The Little Prince" playing at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. The Washington National Opera revives its sold-out 2014 production of Rachel Portman’s family opera based on the classic illustrated book. Play runs through Sunday. $45-$65, info.

Noon – 11:59 PM, Winterfest 2017 Launch at Wunder Garten, First and L streets NE. Guests will enjoy live music while munching on fare from one of Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants and sipping hot cocoa and tastings of winter beers, mulled wine and spiked hot chocolate. Continues through Dec. 17. Free entry, info.

2:00 – 8:00 PM, Ice Skating Rink at The Fairmont, 2401 M St. NW. The hotel’s interior courtyard will be transformed into a winter wonderland, including toasty fire pits and a 900 SF ice skating rink under the watchful eye of Santa Claus. $5 per hour of skating with skates, info

Sunday, Dec. 17

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Fifth annual D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation Tree Lot at Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Guests can choose from Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir Trees starting at $50, as well as tree stands, wreaths, garlands and collectable FD ornaments. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, info.  

11:00 AM, Portraits of the World: Switzerland Exhibit on display at National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. This exhibit begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Exhibit is open through Nov. 12. Free, info.  

1:00 - 3:00 PM, Ice Cream Jubilee’s Ice Cream Tasting Holiday Party at 1407 T St. NW. Featuring six scoops of wintry flavors: candy cane pretzel, boozy eggnog, sticky toffee pudding, espresso colada, chocolate peanut butter fudge and cranberry sorbet to choose from. Tickets include a pint to take home with you. Collecting socks and canned food for the needy; bring something to donate! $16, info.  

4:00 PM, Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The family-friendly show runs through Dec. 30. $18 - $40, info.  

Monday, Dec. 18

6:00 PM, Luxe Hanukkah Feast at Equinox Restaurant, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW. Celebrate the festival of lights with an Israeli-themed tasting menu of sweet red pepper hummus, matzo-stuffed cornish game hens with a Manischewitz jus and, of course, latkes. $65/four courses, info.  

Tuesday, Dec. 19

10:00 AM -7:00 PM, shop for Gifts That Are Made in the USA in Old Town Alexandria at American Field, 123 South Fairfax St. Enjoy the holiday pop-up showcasing lifestyle, grooming, accessory, design and fashion brands that offer sweet, handcrafted gifts. Free, info.  

Wednesday, Dec. 20

8:30 PM, Rock 'n' Twang Live Band Karaoke at Hill Country Barbecue Market, 410 Seventh St. NW. No cover. Sing your heart out. You sing, the HariKaraoke Band backs you up in style. Free, info.