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

Celebrate the Holidays With Merriment in Georgetown

2017 Glow
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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. 

2017 Highlights

Artists represented in Georgetown GLOW 2017 include: Jen Lewin (New York City); Joachim Sługocki and Katarzyna Malejka (Poland); Géraud Périole in collaboration with Light Art Collection and Amsterdam Light Festival (Bordeaux, France); Vikas Patil & Santosh Gujar in collaboration with Light Art Collection and Amsterdam Light Festival (India); Ted Bazydlo & Brandon Newcomer (Washington, DC); alaa minawi in collaboration with Light Art Collection and Amsterdam Light Festival (Beirut, Lebanon); Robin Bell (Washington, DC); OmbréLumen - Arthur Gallice & Herve Orgeas (Shanghai & Houston); and LSM Architects (Washington, DC).

Additionally, Philips Color Kinetics will up-light the smokestack at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, as well as the C&O Canal bridge at Georgetown Park in celebration of Georgetown GLOW. 

In addition to the month-long exhibition, the Georgetown BID is hosting:

  • Silent Disco on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 7 pm – 10 pm at Washington Harbour (3000 K St NW, in front of Bangkok Joe’s), near Horizontal Interference by Joachim Sługocki and Katarzyna Malejka.
  • GLOW All Night merchant shopping and dining event on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5 pm – 9 pm. More than 50 of Georgetown’s national retailers and small businesses will be open late offering in-store promotions, pop-up events, collection launches, give-aways and more.
  • The Book Hill section of Georgetown is hosting a Winter Wonderland from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the TD Bank lot (1611 Wisconsin Ave). with festive music, food and drinks—including hot chocolate, cookies and mocktails—plus kids’ activities, a Letters to Santa station, ugly sweater competition, and photos with Santa (beginning at noon).

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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. See a guide to Parking in Georgetown

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