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Correction: A previous version of this post misidentified the author as Rob Pitingolo. It was written by Topher Mathews of The Georgetown Metropolitan.

From 2008 till 2010, the Georgetown BID (Business Improvement District) put on a holiday street fair in December called Merriment in Georgetown. While the first year was cursed with wickedly cold weather, the subsequent years seemed like qualified successes to GM: not exactly Christkindl Market, but a good start for something that could eventually grow into a really special tradition.

Sadly, the BID decided last year to no longer hold the street fair. It simply was not producing enough of a splash at the merchants’ cashiers to make it worth while. But the BID is carrying on with festive events nonetheless. One thing it is extending this year is the free pedicab rides it offered just one day last year. Each Saturday from Nov. 24 through Dec. 15, there will be free pedicab rides around the neighborhood.

Additionally, the BID is focusing more of the attention toward the newest winter addition in town: the new Washington Harbour ice rink. The rink is open already, but there will be a grand-opening celebration on Dec. 1. While it won’t have the outdoor market aspect of the old Merriment, this event is probably the closest replacement in terms of festivity. There will be choral singers, a St. Lucia parade and food and drink. Should be fun.

The Washington Harbour ice rink. (Katherine Frey/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.


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