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From 2008 till 2010, the Georgetown BID 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 they are actually extending this year is the free pedicab rides they offered just one day last year. Each Saturday from Nov. 24th through December 15th, there will be free pedicab rides around the neighborhood.
Additionally, the BID is focusing more of the attention towards the newest winter addition in town: the new Washington Harbour ice rink. The rink is actually open already, but there will be a grand opening celebration on December 1st. 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.