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


Fruitcake Eating Contest
Chance to win fabulous prizes! To register for the contest


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

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  • Wear your most hideous, outdated or downright silly holiday sweater and receive a tote bag or Georgetown water bottle — your choice (while supplies last)!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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