Going Out Guide: Holiday 2011


Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Looking back at 2011: Our best of lists

This week, the Going Out Gurus looked back at the year that was in arts, restaurants and bars. See all the picks for the best of the year.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  02:12 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Entertain the family during the long weekend

Family-friendly ideas for filling up your three-day weekend.

By Stephanie Merry  |  01:20 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Museums, Events, Holiday, Theater | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Your 2011 New Year’s Eve FAQ

Want free parties, fireworks or a kid-friendly celebration? Use our planner to find the right party for you.

By Fritz Hahn  |  10:37 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Events, Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Got Plans? Recap: New Year’s Eve and holiday fashion

We talked holiday fashion and New Year’s plans with Holly E. Thomas of Refinery 29.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Got Plans?, Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Weekend update: It’s a wrap

In today’s Weekend section: the votes were cast, and this year’s wrapping paper contest winner is 7-year-old Shivani Nelson.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:31 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Plan your holiday weekend: Wu-Tang Clan, James Brown Death-mas

A Wu-Tang Clan show, a Chinese-food-and-a-movie fete and a dozen more ideas make our list.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/22/2011

A new place to figure-eight: Rockville Town Square’s new ice rink

The 7,200-square-foot rink is the largest outdoor rink in Montgomery County.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:12 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/22/2011

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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Talking holiday fashion with Refinery 29 D.C.’s Holly E. Thomas

The one-time Going Out Guru returns to talk about holiday party attire and New Year’s Eve.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:48 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Got Plans?, Holiday 2011

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Best events for kids this week

From a play about a lost toy to a Hanukkah kick off

By Amy Orndorff  |  03:58 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Events | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Food experts dish out New Year’s resolutions

Tom Sietsema gets some dining scene innovators to share what they’re planning to try out in 2012. See which of their ideas will land on your plate.

By Tom Sietsema  |  02:38 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Poll: 2011’s best new bar

Vote for your favorite new watering hole.

By Fritz Hahn  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/16/2011

A dozen of your favorite holiday date ideas

The holidays are the perfect time for romance. Whether you’re going out for the first time or have been married for years, there are ample opportunities for seasonal dates.

By Fritz Hahn  |  03:15 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Today’s contest: Tell us your favorite holiday date

Share your favorite holiday date ideas and win a gift card for the Palm.

By Fritz Hahn  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/15/2011

And the wrapping paper winner is . . .

Sorry, we can’t tell you just yet! But to tide you over, we offer a gallery with the judges’ thoughts about the finalists.

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Embrace the season: Winter’s best

Our guide to making the most of winter: the best hot cocoa, soup, fire pits and skating rinks.

By Going Out Guide/Weekend staff  |  12:05 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Misc. | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Donate to charity and everyone wins

Donate canned food, used clothing or new toys to a local charity, and you walk away with cheaper (or free) beer, a free snack, or even a year’s worth of free concert tickets.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:55 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Bars and Clubs, Restaurants | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/10/2011

Where to find the best winter cocktails

As temperatures fall, we recommend the area’s top hot toddies, eggnogs and spiked ciders.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Christmas on the Potomac at National Harbor

This year, the ice sculptures are characters from DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar characters.

By Amy Joyce  |  01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Almost all wrapped up

Our annual Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest is drawing to a close; view our adorable mention gallery and vote for your favorite of the 12 finalists.

By Amy Orndorff  |  02:24 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Best events for kids this week

From an party with Louie the mascot to a family singalong

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Pick your favorite wrap star

We received hundreds of entries from kids in Washington, Maryland and Virginia for this year’s annual Weekend/Going Out Guide Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest. Now it’s your turn to help pick the winner.

By Jess Righthand  |  02:03 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/01/2011

With holiday season in full swing, head to Leesburg

Get in the holiday spirit this year with our Leesburg neighborhood guide.

By Jess Righthand  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Plan your weekend: The Christmas Crawl, G-Side

An ugly sweater-themed bar crawl and a show by rap duo G-Side top our list of can’t-miss events.

By Brandon Weigel  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Plan your weekend: Santa Stumble, Oh Land

Lighted boats, the Santa Stumble and sources for creative presents make our can’t-miss events list.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011

December art preview

December offers a host of art events, and some shopping opportunities.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Got holiday plans?

Join the Going Out Gurus at 1 p.m. Thursday to talk about holiday events and celebrations.

By Fritz Hahn  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Events | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Town Hall set for New Year’s Eve debut

Get a first look at the Glover Park restaurant and bar’s new digs — the former Blue Ridge space — at an open-bar New Year’s Eve party.

By Fritz Hahn  |  04:22 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Coming soon to a ballet near you: the Racing Presidents

Let me cut right to the chase: The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents will perform in the the Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for one night only.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Arts briefs: Yule Fest, American Musical Voices Project

Our picks for offbeat arts events this week also include making your own Japanese wrapping paper and holiday voices at the Kennedy Center.

By Erin Williams  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Theater | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Tom Sietsema’s holiday splurges for every budget

Just because you’re scrimping and saving for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t afford a little self-indulgence.

By Tom Sietsema  |  11:55 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Plan your Thanksgiving weekend: Swing dancing, Mastodon

From loud rock to kid-friendly fests, here’s over a dozen ideas to get you moving after the big feast.

By Brandon Weigel  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Tough-to-book tables aplenty tonight

Some of the city’s most-difficult-to-book-at-the-last-minute restaurants have availability tonight if you’re willing to be flexible.

By Alex Baldinger  |  12:09 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/23/2011

New movies: ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Hugo’

Kermit and the gang are back in a week full of movie openings for kids.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 11/22/2011

What to do on Thanksgiving night (Updated!)

Don’t slip into a turkey coma — get out and watch football, get down to a DJ or see a cool band.

By Fritz Hahn  |  01:50 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Best events for kids this week

ZooLights and the Kennedy Center’s Brunch With Santa are a few of our family-friendly ideas to add to your calendar.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Get active on Thanksgiving day

Squeeze in some running, hiking or yoga before the turkey day feasting begins.

By Stephanie Merry  |  10:57 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 11/16/2011

National Gallery ice skating rink to open Saturday

The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is set to open at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:19 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 11/11/2011

You be the Guru: Tell us about your holiday traditions

What annual traditions get you in the holiday spirit? Read about some of the Going Out Guide staff’s favorites and share yours.

By Fritz Hahn  |  04:34 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Grab your skates and hit these local rinks

It’s time to strap on a pair of ice skates and hit the ice.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday tour to skip the D.C. area

For the first time since 1999, you won’t be able to ring in the holiday season with churning prog rock riffs and pyrotechnics.

By Alex Baldinger  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/07/2011

Mark your calendars for New Year’s Eve

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Local clubs are already announcing their lineups.

By Fritz Hahn  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Where to find unique holiday gifts

Skip the mall and find cool presents for everyone on your list at these local holiday markets.

By Fritz Hahn  |  11:31 AM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

You could be a wrap star

We’re asking Washington area kids age 12 and younger to design their own holiday gift wrap and send it to us here at The Post.

By Amy Hitt  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Win tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree

The National Park Service has announced that 17,000 tickets to see the lighting of the National Christmas Tree will be given away in an online lottery.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:25 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011