Christmas Events 2017 in Georgetown: Washington, D.C.

Celebrate the Holidays With Merriment in Georgetown

••• Georgetown GLOW. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

Washington, D.C.’s historic Georgetown neighborhood is a premier destination for holiday shopping and dining. Visitors are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the uniquely decorated merchant windows in which Georgetown merchants participate in a friendly annual competition. The signature winter event Georgetown Glow features outdoor public light-art installations throughout the neighborhood's commercial district.

Georgetown GLOW

December 8, 2017- January 7, 2018, 6-10 p.m. nightly. Georgetown will be aglow this holiday season with an innovative exhibition of light-art installations and lighting of major structures.The neighborhood-wide public art exhibition will feature the work of local, regional and international light artists in public and privately-owned spaces. The site-specific works will use light in unique ways, transforming spaces along M Street, the Book Hill section on the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Washington Harbour, and in office building plazas south of M Street. Georgetown GLOW exhibition programs, maps and information booths will be available at Grace Church (1041 Wisconsin Avenue), Jefferson Court (1025 Thomas Jefferson Street at K Street), and Pinstripes (1064 Wisconsin Avenue) Friday through Sunday, from 6-10 p.m.

In addition to the nightly exhibition, a Silent Disco will be held on Date to Be Announced from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Grace Church’s lawn (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW).

DC Bike Party will also host a ‘GLOW Ride Your Bike’ party on Date to Be Announced. The free ride begins at Dupont Circle at 6:30 p.m., ending in Georgetown, with the route covering many of the GLOW installations. A Curator’s Tour will be held on Date to Be Announced from 6:30  – 8:30 p.m. 

2017 Artists and Light-Art Locations

To Be Updated for 2017.

The participating artists represent a diverse mix of backgrounds in artistic lighting design, sculpture, architecture, street art, video mapping, and film. The historic C&O Canal, located just steps from M Street is the anchor and inspiration for the site-specific works. 

Project and Artists represented in Georgetown GLOW 2016 included

  • Wired People: The Canal Clan. Arthur Gallice & Herve Orgeas (Shanghai). Location: In the C&O Canal, west of the Wisconsin Ave bridge near 1064 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • re-icicle. HiJAC - Hiroshi Jacobs with Rolled Almanza (Washington, DC) Location: HOK Plaza (3223 Grace St NW)
  • Red White and Hillary Blue Diamonds. Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz - Artist and Architect Collaborative (Baltimore) Location: Book Hill (Wisconsin Avenue & Reservoir Road), 28th & M Street and Washington Harbour (3000 K Street)
  • Resonant Stacks. ULR Studio and SHO Architects (Pittsburgh/Gainesville, FL/Boston) Location: Dean and DeLuca and Georgetown Park Plaza (3276 M St  NW)
  • Teetering X Tottering (On the Brink). Laure Drogoul (Baltimore)  Location: Dean and DeLuca and Georgetown Park Plaza (3276 M St NW)
  • Neon Treehouse. Woodrow Collective: Joan Biddle, Hannah Kirkpatrick and Kristi Totoritis (Norfolk, VA) Location: Georgetown Lutheran Church (1556 Wisconsin Ave NW)
  • Prismatica, Creation and execution. Raw Design in collaboration with Atomic3 (Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada. Location: Georgetown Waterfront Park (Wisconsin Avenue at K Street) and Washington Harbour boardwalk (3000 K Street NW)
  • On the Wings of Freedom. Aether + Hemera (United Kingdom) Location: Grace Church (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW)

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Location, Transportation and Parking

Georgetown is located in Washington, DC north of the Potomac River just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The main thoroughfares are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Wisconsin Ave., between M and N Sts. See a map of Georgetown

Georgetown is accessible by the DC Circulator using the Georgetown/Union Station or Rosslyn/Georgetown/Dupont Circle lines.

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