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Going Out Guide: Free events for every day of the week

The Going Out Gurus recommend free things to do for every day of the week.


Vox Pulchra

This women’s choir performs at the Willard as part of the hotel’s series of holiday merriment and musical entertainment. See it sing amid the sparkly decorations in the lobby.

5:30 p.m. Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. washington.



Locally sourced gift shop

Local artists make treasures from postcards to paintings for this holiday market at Pleasant Plains Workshop, which ends with a reception Tuesday evening. Gifts range in price, but perusing the offerings is totally free. There will be wine, mulled cider and other treats to enjoy while you shop, as well as special discounts.

6:30 p.m. Pleasant Plains Workshop, 2608 Georgia Ave. NW.


National Christmas Tree music program

The packed music program at the National Christmas Tree includes performances by the Camelot Elementary School Chorus, the City on a Hill Dancers, the Louise Archer School Chorus and the Potonacs.

5 p.m. The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-208-1631.


Chanukah in Candy Land

Celebrate Hanukkah with live music and outdoor entertainment, potato latkes, chocolate gelt and more on Bethesda Row. This year’s theme is Candy Land; don’t miss the giant jelly bean menorah.

6 p.m. Bethesda Row, Bethesda and Woodmont avenues, Bethesda. 240-370-8819.


Downtown Holiday Market

If you’re not done with holiday shopping, you’ve probably realized by now that you’re running out of time. Friday is your last chance to find all sorts of fun and funky gifts from 50 artisans and exhibitors at the Downtown Holiday Market.

Noon to 8 p.m. F Street between Seventh and Ninth streets NW.



Fair Oaks Mall Enchanted Ice Palace

Enter Fair Oaks Mall’s 22-foot dome and step into a winter wonderland, with snow, light shows and polar footage from BBC Earth. Kids can also visit with Santa.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax. 703-359-8302.



All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

For the 13th year, Christmas Day gets jazzy with a rollicking jam session featuring Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Lenny Robinson, James King and Tom and Delores King Williams. It’s a D.C. jazz moment not to miss.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324.

— Jess Righthand


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