Georgetown Merriment Changes Tactics

Photo by M.V. Jantzen.

On the first weekend in December for the last two years, the Georgetown BID has closed off a portion of Wisconsin Ave. above M St. and hosted a holiday street fair. While the first year suffered from incredibly cold and windy conditions, last year the weather was more favorable and the event appeared to be establishing itself as a fixture in the calendar.

Sadly, the tradition was short lived. The businesses decided that the event did not have enough of a pay-off at the cash registers to justify the cost of such a large event.

But they’re not giving up on the Merriment idea. Rather than focus on a single large event, the BID has stretched the fun out twelve days, starting this weekend.

Here’s the lineup of events:

Merriment in Georgetown Kick-Off Party
Saturday, December 10th, 1 – 4pm
PNC Bank Lot at Wisconsin & M Street

12 – 4pm

Complimentary pedicab rides from Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom metro stations to Georgetown

1pm & 1:50pm

Georgetown University’s a cappella group — The Georgetown Phantoms

1:25pm

Fruitcake Eating Contest
Chance to win fabulous prizes! To register for the contest emailevents@georgetowndc.com.

2:15pm

“Don’t Forget the Lyrics” Holiday Style contest
Chance to win fabulous prizes! To register for the contest emailevents@georgetowndc.com.

2:30 – 3:45pm

Live Band Holiday Karaoke

1 – 4pm

Enjoy Gourmet Cocoa Tastings

  • Bring a donation for Goodwill and receive an “I Shop Georgetown” tote bag (while supplies last)
  • Gingerbread House Making contest hosted by the Georgetowner Newspaper
  • Meet pets from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue hoping to be adopted into a new home
  • Wear your most hideous, outdated or downright silly holiday sweater and receive a tote bag or Georgetown water bottle — your choice (while supplies last)! Plus, a chance to win fabulous prizes. Finalists and winners picked at 3:45pm.
  • Plus, 11 more days of festive holiday shopping events and promotions at over 50 stores and restaurants.

Friday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 20

Saturday, December 10, 10am – 7pm

Sunday, December 11, 1pm

Wednesday, December 14, 5 – 9 pm

Thursday, December 15, 5 – 9 pm

Friday, December 16 – Tuesday,
December 20, 5 – 9 pm

 

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