While the holiday season may instill feelings of dread for some of us (too many parties, too much food, too many gifts to buy…), the FITgals are here to help you find some fun holiday activities that won’t bust your belt or your wallet!
1. Tom and I had a ball at Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC “Rockin’ The Holidays” Concert this past weekend. Expect some classics carols, some more serious choral music, and a little bawdy fun at this sure to get you in the Christmas Spirit concert. Also – your money is going to an amazing cause. Did you know that since 2001, the Chorus has maintained a robust youth outreach program, GenOUT, that offers free tickets to high school students, parents and teachers, in addition to offering on-school-time programs? The Chorus is a non-profit organization that demonstrates its commitment to community outreach projects by participating in the Whitman Walker AIDS Walk, an annual toy drive to benefit Community and Family Life Services, holiday caroling at the National Institute of Health, volunteering at Food & Friends, etc. etc. Seriously…check out their website to learn more about the amazing work of the Gay Men’s Chorus! And get your tickets for this upcoming weekend!
2. Skip the crowded mall and head to the Downtown Holiday Market! From ice cream made with liquid nitrogen to piping-hot donuts, this annual market goes beyond European food traditions, taking the kind of worldly approach you’d expect in D.C. Located on F Street in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, this festive market counts more than 150 artists and crafters selling handmade goods like pottery, paintings, photo prints, and textiles. (And if you have time…pop into the National Portrait Gallery too!)
3. Nothing screams “holiday season” quite like the Nutcracker. Support your local artists and head over to the Warner Theatre for Washington Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker”. Or just support the Kennedy Center and check out Ballet West’s production. Either one is sure to be a good time.
4. Tom’s favorite story just happens to be “A Christmas Carol” (and I happen to have some friends in the show at Ford’s Theatre) so we love to catch this classic each year. Talk about a story that has withstood the test of time…You will not regret grabbing the kids and taking them over to Ford’s Theatre this season.
5. Since we live in a city, we don’t have to wait for the lake to freeze to take the whole family Ice Skating! Whether you are in Georgetown, Silver Spring, or happen to have wondered over to the National Gallery of Art…pop-up ice skating rinks are all over this city. So put down the eggnog and pick up those skates for this family friendly, healthy activity!
Hope these tips help you keep that festive spirit alive this holiday season!