What to Expect for the Weekend in the Capitol Hill Area

by Sean Meehan December 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Pop-up house on A Street SE

With the Christmas trees going up and the holiday markets packed with gifts, the holiday season is in full swing in the Capitol Hill area. However, the winter temperatures haven’t caught up with us yet. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang expects this weekend to be sunny and relatively warm, with highs in the 50s on Saturday and the 60s on Sunday.

The warm weather can’t put a stop to the holiday festivities this weekend, though. Whether you’re stocking up on Hannukah presents before Sunday, tracking down a tree for Christmas or just enjoying some outdoor fun, there are plenty of options to turn this weekend into an early holiday. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


For info on where to buy a tree or gifts this weekend, check out our Holiday guide.

24th Annual Parade of Lights

The Wharf (690 Water St. SW)

Saturday 5-8 p.m.

Join us at The Wharf for a magical night of merriment on the Potomac River. Now in its 24th year, the annual Parade of Lights kicks off at the docks of Old Town Alexandria and concludes at the District’s Southwest waterfront.

DC Krampuslauf

Gallery O on H (1354 H St. NE)

Saturday 6-11 p.m.

Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure that accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children. He will be coming to Gallery O on H on Saturday, December 5 for a night benefiting Santa’s Cause, a local nonprofit that serves the foster children of Family Matters of Greater Washington.

Digital Estate Planning

Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)

Saturday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Learn what happens to your digital assets after death, and how you can create and protect the priceless memories on your computer, phone, social media accounts, and email.

PARCEL Market at Canal Park

Canal Park (202 M St. SE)

Saturday-Sunday 12-6 p.m.

Named the “Christmas future of holiday markets” by Washington Post Express in 2014, PARCEL Market will light up Canal Park’s three blocks with holiday cheer among the 10,000 square-foot ice rink, cozy fire pits, interactive art installations, and a festive showcase of DC’s emerging talent in retail, food, art, and musical entertainment.

Deck the North Hall Holiday Celebration

Eastern Market (225 7th St. SE)

Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Eastern Market is Hosting the ‘Deck the North Hall – Holiday Celebration’ every Sunday starting from November 29 to December 20. This Sunday enjoy cookie decorating, ornament making, gift wrapping and holiday music.

Open Houses

Looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like inside? We’ve highlighted a few open houses this weekend to get you started. But be sure to check out our real estate section for a full listing.

Road Closures

Parts of Pennsylvania Avenue SW and Independence Avenue SE near the National Mall will be closed from about 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday for the Jingle All The Way 5K


  • Red Line trains will run every 18 minutes
  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will run every 20 minutes
  • Yellow and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals


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