10 things for millennials to do in DC during the holiday season

Are looking for some fun group or couple activities, here are a few suggestions based on past experience and multiple reviews. Photo: National Gallery of Art Ice Rink

WASHINGTON, November 23, 2013 – If you are in your early twenties to early thirties and you are looking for some fun group or couple activities, here are a few suggestions based on past experience and multiple reviews. Have fun.

Ice skating: The Gallery of Art has a very nice ice skating rink. If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend who is constantly nag…urging you to do winter or couply things then this is the perfect spot. Watch out for tiny children who are probably way better than you, they will skate right in front of you without regard for your safety or theirs. Have fun. The rink opens up mid-November. 

Bar Crawl: After you are done ice skating, and have applied the various remedies to your injured areas which were the inevitable result of falls from the bands of roving ice skating children, try out the Autism Speaks Denim Bar Crawl. Saturday, November 16th, $15 by 11/11 and $20 after 11/11, and it includes specials at six bars. Buffalo Billiards, Front Page, Irish Whiskey, Lucky Bar, Mad Hatter, and the Mighty Pint. Now if you haven’t been to those bars you are either lying or you were too drunk to remember, but chances are you have been to at least ONE. Check it out, it’s for a good cause and drinking for good causes makes the drinks taste better.

Christmas Movies: From December 17 to 24 the AFI Silver Theater in DC will be screening Muppet Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, and It’s a Wonderful Life. I don’t feel the need to explain much more than that, if you haven’t seen those movies go see them. If you have and you don’t like them…There is little hope for you.

Bar Crawl 2: Of course the list would not be complete without an Ugly Sweater bar crawl. This one is also in Dupont, except it’s on December 7. Tickets are $15 preordered and $20 cash at the door. Go and show the world how good you are at picking out bad sweaters. Hipsters I am talking directly to you. 

Zoo Things: Do this.  It will be festive, and there will be smiling children.  

Monuments: It will be cold out there, or at least cold by our standards. Get a bottle of something that will make the blood run and go and look at tourists who are looking at monuments. This is not an original idea, just a filler idea before I list the next bar crawl. Apple cider and bourbon is a very good combination, I find.

Bar Crawl 3: Because there seems to be only one place around here to do bar crawls, I offer you Snowday 2013. Another $15-$20 bar crawl that has included McFaddens and some other bars the previous crawls did not get to. Wear ugly sweaters, wear antlers, it will be joyous. This particular one is on December 21, so enjoy drinking on the shortest night of the year. 

I am not going to lie, usually I hate things like this, but going to see the National Tree is pretty cool. If it is snowing out, and you can deal with the cold because of said snow, I would give it a peek. It’s right there in front of the White House, with all of the state trees surrounding it. The lighting itself is pretty cool and lots of people go to it.

The Nutcracker: I had to add some culture, so go see The Nutcracker.

Bar Crawl 4: This is another big bar crawl in DC; I like bar crawls and there’s nothing you can do about it. The DC Santa Bar Crawl kind of expands its reach of bars in Dupont over the other crawls listed here. This one is sponsored by Toys for Tots, you sign it at Front Page, you get a mug, and then you go drink. It’s very simple. 

That’s all I have for you kids, if you were hoping for a list full of actual Christmas or Hanukah related activities apologies but you dialed the wrong number.

But I do have to say, none of these bar crawls or events compare to a bonfire in the backyard with a bunch of friends, and plenty of joy to pass around. I hope you all have a happy holiday season.

Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, Blessed Be, and Merry Christmas.  


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Conor Higgins

Conor Higgins has a B.A. from Catholic University in DC in American History, with a concentration on guerrilla warfare on American soil. He has an M.A. in US History from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, with a concentration on Cold War insurgency. He believes that all news and all information should be taken with a grain of salt, and implores people everywhere to seek news stories everywhere. 

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