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From ugly sweater parties to holiday trivia, there's something for every beer lover this month.

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Holiday Happenings: Celebrate the best of the season in food, drink, movies, music and more

Mark your calendars: Our critics pick the best the holidays have to offer.

The family-style restaurant dinners that are perfect for big groups

These special dinners take the stress out of a group outing by serving a multicourse menu or a huge shareable main dish.

You know about Virginia wineries. These Maryland ones are worth visiting, too.

These wineries show off Maryland's maturing scene.

At Urban Butcher, chef Raynold Mendizabal's tenderloin, packed in salt and aged for more than 30 days, is a work of art.

This weekend, fill up on tamales, create a unique holiday gift and sing Christmas carols with thousands of revelers.

Spread holiday cheer with these locally made spirits.

It was an active month for Washington's dining scene, with such newcomers as Kwame Onwuachi's Shaw Bijou and the Japanese-inspired Himitsu in Petworth.

It was once a highly regarded restaurant in Clarendon in the 1990s, back when the Virginia suburb was a destination for Vietnamese cooking.

The Virginia grindcore greats turn it up at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday.

Important: Do you prefer the Obamas' lumpy, living evergreen or the Capitol's picture-perfect spruce? #notmytree

Septime Webre's American-flavored Nutcracker is going head-to-head with the Hip Hop Nutcracker this year.

For the first time, Ford's Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" is going head-to-head with The Second City's sendup.

This onetime railroad town is worth a visit.

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Attendees can sample fare prepared by the participants, who will be vying for people's choice awards in their categories.

Whether you're looking for German Christmas ornaments, warm Swedish scarves or locally made jewelry.

The chef said she's going to focus on her Smoked and Stacked sandwich shop for now.

Jeff Buben is turning the space over to his former chef de cuisine, Hamilton Johnson, who will be opening a new restaurant there.

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