DC’s 13 Best Study Breaks This Week [Dec 11-Dec 18]

Winter break is almost here, but that means you’re about to leave your DC family for a month.

Sure, you can spend your time between finals “study with friends,” but you know won’t get anything done. We’ve taken the liberty to create a list of the best study-alternatives for the week. While you’re all still together go have some fun before it’s too late.

From photos with Santa, to holiday festivals, to an old-fashioned night out we’ve got you covered. Prolong the inevitable FOMO of winter break by making some new stories to tell your friends.

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  1. Selfies with Santa: Nobody said you have to be a kid for a photo-op with Santa. Get your likes up with the best throwback holiday photo you could ask for. -> more info
  2. DC Underground Comedy: Since laughter is the best medicine, DC Underground must be writing prescriptions daily. Stop by one of their nightly shows hosted at different bars throughout the City. 21+ Event -> more info
  3. Lights Display @ DC City Center: Just because it hasn’t snowed doesn’t mean you can’t walk through a winter wonderland. Check out the amazing light and ornament display at DC’s City Center near Chinatown. FREE -> more info
  4. National Menorah Lighting: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah like only a Washingtonian can. Munch on some free hot latkes and donuts while watching the lighting of the National Menorah. FREE-> more info
  5. The National Christmas Tree: Stop by to see the Official Christmas Tree for 2017. Better yet, find out what represents your home at the “America Celebrates” display of handcrafted ornaments surrounding the tree. FREE -> more info
  6. Snow Day Bar Crawl: If you missed SantaCon last weekend this is the next best thing. It may not be a snow day, but you can party like it is. Santa suit optional (but encouraged). 21+ Event -> more info
  7. Ice Skate the Sculpture Garden: Ice skating is the quintessential winter activity that does not need snow. Add in a quintessential DC location and you have the perfect DC winter activity. -> more info
  8. NOMA Winterfest: A maker’s market with winter crafts, a beer garden to warm you up, and a tree lot located on site. If this doesn’t scream “I’m making holiday memories with my friends” nothing will. FREE -> more info
  9. Happy Hours, not Happy Hour: Because why would you want only 60 minutes to be happy? Stop by some of DC’s favorite Happy Hours broken down by neighborhood. 21+ Event -> more info
  10. Downtown Holiday Market: DC’s annual Holiday Market featuring hand-crafted gifts from local craftsmen. A perfect place to pick up something for your Secret Santa or your Mom – we won’t judge. -> more info
  11. The Utopian Projects @ The Hirshhorn: During the holidays, we take extra pride in helping those in our community. This brand new multi-media exhibit centers on those values while disseminating a message of tolerance and hope. FREE -> more info
  12. Season’s Greeting @ The Botanical Garden: Take a Holiday trip around the country without leaving DC. Follow the model trains around the Botanical Garden to get a taste of what the rest of the country is seeing without the airfare. FREE –> more info
  13. Miracle on 7th St: Since everyone loves a themed bar and everyone loves the holidays this place is a win-win. While most of the décor is Christmas themed, there is a Hanukkah themed room giving everybody something to smile about. 21+ Event -> more info


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