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Weekend Report: 15 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, December 14

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of First Washington DC Store: While Wawa’s grand opening will include fanfare and more, part of the celebration will be focused around Wawa’s commitment to fighting hunger in the DC community. During the Event, Wawa will announce its “Lending a Helping Hoagie Program,” donating a portion of the store’s first week hoagie sales (up to $5,000) to the Capital Area Food Bank to help fight hunger in the DC region, The Wawa Foundation will present the Capital Area Food Bank with a grant for $10,000 to help launch its sustainable “Fresh Community Market” initiative as part of its Family Market program and Wawa will announce its annual Check Out Hunger Campaign. First 100 customers through the door at 8 a.m. will receive special surprises. Ceremony starts at 9 a.m.

Fashion Santa at Georgetown Glow All Night: The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, together with Georgetown BID, is thrilled to host the return of Fashion Santa for an unforgettable evening (open to the public) with festive activations enhanced by live music, photos with Fashion Santa, delicious sweets, seasonal warming cocktails and more, all while giving back to a tremendous local cause — Capital Area Food Bank.

The Hendrick's Grand Garnisher in DC: As the most unusual gin in the world, and a champion of the cucumber (the G&Ts are to be garnished with the cucumber always, never the perfunctory lime)—they have created a giant, moving, intricate Cucumber Slicing Machine – powered by a man on a penny farthing. Otherwise known as the largest and most utterly inefficient cucumber slicer known to man! Drumroll.Introducing the Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher! The wondrous Grand Garnisher will be in DC from 12.13 – 12.16 alongside the Ambassador Fred Parent. Hendrick's will host a tasting and happy hour at Pearl Street Warehouse Thursday, December 14 to sample a Hendrick's Gin & Q Tonic and a Hendrick's Apple Cider Lemon. After the tasting, Roosevelt Collier will treat the audience to a "Hendrix Meets Funk" show honoring Jimi Hendrix.

Friday, December 15

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon: Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music, with fireworks beginning around 9 p.m. Take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, and learn 18th-century dance moves from costumed guides in the Greenhouse. George and Martha Washington will also be on site to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Keep toasty by warming up by a bonfire, visiting the blacksmith shop, or enjoying some hot chocolate or cider. Additional food will be available for purchase. Still haven’t found the perfect holiday gift? Take some time to complete any last-minute gift needs at the Shops at Mount Vernon, open late during Christmas Illuminations.

Firefly and Dupont Underground Host 'Odyssey' Party: Following a sold-out jazz speakeasy in October, Dupont Underground is again partnering with neighboring Dupont Circle restaurant, Firefly, to host “The Underground After Hours” on Friday, December 15. The arts and cultural organization that lies beneath Washington, D.C. will become a subterranean zone of music, illuminated art, and craft cocktails, welcoming Washingtonians to dance, relax, and let loose after a long work week.

Saturday, December 16

Wreaths Across America: Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. For more info on how to volunteer, click here.

Del Ray Artisans’ 22nd Annual Holiday Market: Del Ray Artisans’ Annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, including pottery/ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, paper crafts and glass. Artists donate a percentage of their sales back to Del Ray Artisans to help support future exhibits and programs. Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301.

Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest: Open to fans of all ages, guests can enjoy holiday and baseball themed activities and interactive events, meet and greet their favorite Nationals player and coaches, take a photo with Santa, enjoy their favorite ballpark concession, do any last-minute holiday shopping and much more! Adult tickets are $39 and children are $29. Washington Convention Center.

Joy of Christmas at Washington National Cathedral: Celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting. A well-loved Washington, DC holiday tradition, this concert includes Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along. Concerts start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

World's Largest Harp: Come see the world's largest harp be played by William Close in CityCenter this weekend. Renowned for affixing 1,000-foot strings to skyscrapers, mountain peaks and canyon walls, Close will fill CityCenterDC with the magical musical stylings of his Earth Harp on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Plaza at CityCenter.

Nog Fest at the Wharf: Cheers to the holiday season! Head out for the inaugural Nog Fest, a celebration of the classic seasonal drink. Sip and sample winter drinks in the Wine & Beer Garden, plus warm up around the fire pit with free s’mores, take a ride on our mechanical reindeer, try your hand at snowman bowling, and make your own reindeer antler headband at the craft station—all set to live, merry music from White Ford Bronco.

Drink the District Wine Festival: Mistletoe, merlot, and many other wines to enjoy will get just about anyone into the holiday spirit! Join Drink the District as they toast to the holidays and enjoy unlimited samples of more than 100+ wines. Kick back with friends, while you enjoy chill live tunes, demonstrations on the culinary stage, a local artisan market and more! Tickets start at $59.

Santa's Charitable Workshop at Calico Blagden Alley: Saturday, December 16, from 1- 4pm, Calico will host an event in the spirit of giving, in partnership with Stella Artois and No Kid Hungry. Enjoy Calico’s signature food and drink, and give a donation to get your picture taken with Santa. All proceeds from Santa photos will be donated to No Kid Hungry. Additionally, Stella Artois will offer their signature chalices for sale, filled with their delicious brew for $15, benefitting, which provides clean drinking water to families in Uganda, Cambodia and Brazil. (Additional Stella refills $2.) Each chalice purchase comes with an entry in a raffle, with the winner receiving a Stella Artois tote bag containing all 3 chalices, Calico merch and a gift certificates to Calico and its sister restaurants Tiger Fork and The Fainting Goat.

Sunday, December 17

Embassy Row Chocolate Tour: Special Holiday Guided Tour: Like Santa Claus - Travel the world - in under two hours! Explore one of the most culturally fascinating areas of Washington, D.C. - "Embassy Row". In a single afternoon, you'll stand at the borders of Ireland, Romania, Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, and more! Many of them will be decorated specially for the embassies and you will get a glimpse of their decorations surrounding their architecture. In addition, you'll sample holiday chocolate from several different international countries!

An American in Paris at the Kennedy Center: Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway." Shows starts at 1:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $39.