Parade of Lights (Photo via Facebook/ The Wharf DC)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

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Magic & Miracles Benefit
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Join WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi and community leadfers at the 8th annual Magic & Miracles benefit for Ready, Willing and Working, a group that provides job training and opportunities to formerly homeless and incarcerated individuals. Tickets can be purchased online

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting
U.S. Capitol West Front
Time: 5 p.m.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House during a ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.


Author Talk: Collecting Shakespeare
Riverby Books (417 East Capitol St. SE)
Time: 6 p.m.

The newly-reopened Riverby Books on Capitol Hill will host Stephen H. Grant, author of “Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger.”


24th Annual Parade of Lights
The Wharf (690 Water St. SW)
Time: 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.

Digital Estate Planning
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
Time: 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)
Time: 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)
Time: 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.


The Holidays in Concert
Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian Church (1357 East Capitol St. SE)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

The 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation’s Capital” presents The Holidays in Concert, a seasonal mix of classical and popular holiday favorites. Featured groups from the 257th Army Band include the Concert Band, Brigadier Brass, the Capital Woodwind Quintet, and the Capital Messengers. The concert is free and open to the general public; no tickets will be issued. For more information, visit or call 202-685-8646. Donations of non-perishable food items to Holy Comforter’s pantry are most welcome.

Photo via Facebook/ The Wharf DC


Morning Rundown


7-11 to Replace S&J Liquor and 15th Street Dry Cleaners on Massachusetts and Independence Avenues SE — Two longtime businesses on the 1500 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE will close Nov. 30 to make room for a new 7-11. [Hill Rag]

Seven-Story Residential Building Planned for Benning Road on Northeast Capitol Hill — Developers presented plans for a seven-story residential building with 250-300 units, a dog park and a gym on the 1600 block of Benning Road NE near Starburst Plaza. [Urban Turf]

New Events Coming to Revamped Riverby Books — Riverby Books, which recently reopened on Capitol Hill, is planning author readings and zine fests at the store. [Hill Rag]

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives on National Mall — The National Christmas Tree has arrived at the U.S. Capitol and will be set in place today. [Fox 5]


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The National Christmas Tree arrived in the District today and was set up on the West Front of the Capitol building. Video from NBC Washington shows a crane lifting the tree off a flatbed truck.

The 88-foot-tall white spruce was trucked more than 2,800 miles from Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest, zigzagging across the eastern half of the country to make more than 20 stops at schools, hospitals and city halls, the tree’s official website says.

A good National Christmas Tree is hard to find, Capitol Grounds Superintendent Ted Bechtol told NBC.

“It was the best of all the candidates in terms of the overall form. I’m looking for something with a nice conical shape,” he said. “It’s got to really look terrific from all sides. You can’t stuff it back in the corner next to the sofa.”

The tree will be lit for the first time at a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 2. Then, it will be illuminated from dusk until 11 p.m. daily through Jan. 1.


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