Guide to Christmas in Georgetown: Events, Lights, and Music

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Washington, D.C.’s historic Georgetown neighborhood is a premier destination for holiday shopping, dining, decorations, and festive events.

Georgetown is located in Washington, D.C. north of the Potomac River just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge, and is accessible by the D.C. Circulator bus using the Georgetown/Union Station or Rosslyn/Georgetown/Dupont Circle lines. The main thoroughfares are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and you can generally find convenient parking garages along this same strip.

During the months of November and December, visitors can stroll along the quiet sidewalks of Georgetown to take a self-guided tour of the uniquely decorated merchant windows or attend the signature winter event, Georgetown Glow, which features outdoor public light-art installations throughout the neighborhood's commercial district.

Georgetown GLOW

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 take place from December 1, 2018, to January 6, 2019, and feature the work of 16 local, regional, and international light artists in public and privately-owned spaces.

The site-specific works will use light in unique ways, transforming spaces primarily along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. You can see a map of the specific sites here.

Artists represented in Georgetown GLOW 2018 include Tom & Lien Dekyvere (Belgium); Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky (New York City and Canada); Angelo Bonello in collaboration with Light Art Collection and Amsterdam Light Festival (Italy); Rami Bebawi / Kanva (Canada), created and produced with the support of Quartier Des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal; Hou de Sousa (New York City); Toer (Netherlands); Massimo Uberti & Marco Pollice in collaboration with Light Art Collection and Amsterdam Light Festival (Italy); Robin Bell (Washington DC); and Johnny Dukovich and Klagsbrun Studios (Washington DC).

GLOW All Night Merchant Shopping

As part of the annual GLOW festivities, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) hosts a night of shopping, dining, and entertainment called GLOW All Night. 

On Friday, December 7, 2018, you can head to this historic neighborhood from 5 to 9 p.m. to browse over 50 retailers and small businesses that will be open late and offering pop-up events, promotions, and free giveaways.

Winter Wonderland at Book Hill

The Book Hill section of Georgetown is hosting a Winter Wonderland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018, in the TD Bank lot (1611 Wisconsin Avenue) with festive music, food, and drinks—including hot chocolate, cookies, and mulled wine—plus kids’ activities, a s'mores station, ugly sweater competition, and photos with Santa.

Walking Tours

Local tour companies will be hosting GLOW-inspired walking tours, in which they'll take visitors on a guided, themed tours of the exhibits—themes include food and drink, history, photography, and more. You can see all the options of tours (and dates and prices for each) here. All of the tours are offered on several dates in December, and some run through early January.