1) Latke Cook Off
What: To celebrate the first night of Chanukah, join Temple Sinai for a latke cooking competition. Ingredients will be provided, and non-latke food and drinks will be available also. Latkes will be judged by Jeremiah Cohen of Bullfrog Bagels and David Wiseman of DGS Delicatessen. Tickets ($20) for both competitors and spectators are available here.
Where: Union Kitchen in Ivy City
1369 New York Ave. NE
When: Sunday at 7 p.m.
2) The Twelve (or More) Beers of Christmas
What: For Black Squirrel's annual Christmas event, they'll once again pass out Christmas cookies, serve several Christmas ale, and offer two special burgers. The XXXmas burger is a sausage burger topped with dressing, bacon, and cranberry aioli, and the Holy Cheesemas burger is a double decker topped with beer-cheese sauce.
Where: Black Squirrel
2427 18th St. NW
When: Friday at 5 p.m.
3) Ugly Sweater Party
What: The Pitch will host a competition with prizes for the ugliest sweater of the night. There are happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and DJ sets by EZ Street 5 p.m. 9 p.m. and DJ Fyah Oats from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: The Pitch Tavern
4015 Georgia Ave. NW
When: Friday at 4 p.m.
4) Repeal Day Ball
What: This event is hosted by the DC Craft Bartender's Guild. Some of the country's best mixologists from all over the country will pour original cocktails. The dress code is black tie or creative cocktail with a nod to the 1920's. Tickets ($80) and more information are available here.
Where: Carnegie Library 801 K St. NW
When: Friday at 8 p.m.
What: Mark the Alpine tradition of Krampusnacht. It will start with family-friendly reception with children activities, photos with Krampus and Santa Claus, and live performances. Then there will be an after party at Gallery O. A $10 suggested donation is requested. More information is available here. The first part of celebration is all ages, but the after party is 21+. Costumes are encouraged.
Where: Gallery O
1354 H St. NE
When: Saturday at 6:00 p.m.