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D.C.’s Most Festive Holiday Pop-Ups

A running list of wintery takeovers at local hotels, bars, and restaurants

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Nina May’s holiday pop-up in Shaw kicked off on Tuesday, December 5.
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One of the best parts about celebrating the holidays around the D.C. area is the abundance of activities that cater to all ages. Whether it be sipping a rich cup of hot chocolate at the downtown holiday market or pretending like you’re in a snow globe at the Wharf, there are no shortage of ways to truly make this the most wonderful time of the year.

The 19th annual Downtown Holiday Market runs through December 23 with limited bites, beverages, and local gift ideas (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Navy Yard is a particularly good place to go holiday bar hopping, packed with plenty of festive takeovers for crowds coming to and from Nationals Park’s epic annual light show Enchant.

Get into the holiday spirit with these 20-plus options around town.

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Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

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Miracle is bring holiday cheer to Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland with themed cocktails and an interactive light show. The festive bar at Live! is open to the general public via reservation from November 24 (Black Friday) to Christmas Eve, Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Mulled wine at Miracle.
Melissa Hom

SENSE OF THAI ST

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Running now through December, Miracle and Sippin’ Santa takes over across Virginia restaurants with festive cocktails, opulent decorations, and more to ring in the holiday season. That includes “Miracle on Exchange Street” at Sense of Thai in Ashburn, Sippin’ Santa at Tiki Thai Reston, and other activations in Richmond and Roanoke.

The Christmas Cricket cocktail at Miracle.
Melissa Hom

Westfield Wheaton

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Look forward to season-long activations perfect for the entire family. It starts off with Santa’s arrival on Saturday, Nov. 30 daily in Macy’s Lower Court until Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 24. Wheaton Wonderland begins Saturday, December 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The National String Symphonia will also grace ears on Saturday, December 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Find the complete lineup here.

Hook Hall

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This December, upper Northwest’s (heated) garden oasis celebrates the beauty of the Northern Lights with fire pits, private cabanas, specialty drinks, and even an actual hot tub for groups up to 8.

Tiki On 18th

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The Adams Morgan tiki bar ramps up island and escapism vibes with a pop-up paying homage to The Island of Misfit Toys (beverage manager Rico Wisner’s favorite holiday classic). Look for themed drinks like his infamous Egg-N-Grog and over-the-top design from the “Queen of Christmas Bars” Adriana Salame-Aspiazu, who helped pioneer the original Miracle on 7th Street. She brings the timeless classic to the heart of 18th Street with a snowy, icy cave escape. The pop-up will run November 24 to January 5 alongside its traditional Filipino menu.

Tiki on 18th’s pop-up starts on Black Friday.
Tiki on 18th

Death Punch

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Famed holiday themed cocktail pop-up bars, Miracle and Sippin’ Santa, are coming back to the District for the 2023 season at Death Punch and Black Whiskey (1410 14th Street NW), respectively. Throw on festive ensembles and be immersed in kitschy decor with carols blasting in your ears. The pop-ups run from November 24 to December 31.

Miracle’s Elfing Around cocktail.
Melissa Hom

Salt & Sundry

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Salt & Sundry’s holiday shop will open its doors on November 25 and remain open daily until January 2024. The pop-up will be stocked with seasonal gifts like natural wreaths, terrazzo concrete menorahs, festive food-centric gifts, and more. Inventory also include familiar Salt & Sundry goods, along with new brands like Otherland and Cody Foster. Purchases come with custom gift box curation and wrapping.

Nina May

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Nina May transforms its covered patio into a winter wonderland, complete with cozy holiday decor, a 12-foot Christmas tree, and fire pits. Eggnog and hot toddy cocktails join Irish coffee and Christmas punch, Parker House rolls, butternut squash and sage risotto fritters, pink peppercorn ricotta and brown butter, and homemade French fries. A tree-lighting ceremony will take place on December 12 at 7 p.m. with free canapes and ornaments.

Cocktails served in festive glasses at Nina May.
Nina May

Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown

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The Fairmont is Georgetown is rolling out a festive, Frozen-themed afternoon tea service on Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on December 9, 16, and 23. Look forward to sea served in the whimsically adorned loggia while executive chef Jordi Gallardo and team unveil savory holiday delights.

Frozen-themed tea time at Fairmont.
Fairmont

BOURBON STEAK

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Starting Monday, November 27, D.C.’s Four Seasons hotel becomes a winter wonderland again with festive chalets on Bourbon Steak’s patio in partnership with single-malt Scotch whisky brand The Macallan. Inspired by its Speyside, Scotland estate, three custom-built chalets will offer exclusive Macallan pours paired with new seasonal offerings from Bourbon Steak. A decadent hot chocolate comes topped with a Macallan milk foam, marshmallows, cinnamon dust, a chocolate tree, edible gold leaf and marshmallow twigs.

Custom chalets are adorned with rich wood tones and cozy accents.
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The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

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The luxe hotel near the White House offers opulent holiday afternoon tea service with selections from Dammann Frères, tea sandwiches, festive desserts, pastries, and optional Champagne pairings. The grand lobby also houses a life-size gingerbread masterpiece decked out with royal icing filigree, ornate candies, and glittering sugar and spice. A new holiday “cheers” bubbly brunch cart fueled by Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is equipped with cocktails, iconic bruts, and rare vintages alongside seasonal cuisines and desserts. 

St. Regis’ holiday afternoon tea.
St. Regis

The Watergate Hotel

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Famed pop-up book author Chuck Fischer is partnering with The Watergate Hotel to bring his Gingerbread White House holiday book to real life. Life-size pop-up art will be adorned throughout the lobby of the hotel. The Watergate is also bringing back their holiday igloos with a twist. Each of the six igloos will be dressed to look like a hotel ornament complete with hundreds of twinkling lights, indoor cozy decor, cocktails in ornament shaped glassware, and more. Reserve here, with rentals starting at $50.

Igloos at the Watergate.
Watergate

Urban Roast

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The holiday party-starters at Urban Roast are at it again, covering every inch of its Penn Quarter cafe with Christmas trees, oversized ornaments, Santas, candy cane ceilings, faux snow, and tinsel. Themed cocktails include a s’mores martini topped with a torched marshmallow.

Dirty Habit

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Dirty Habit’s ski chalet returns on Saturday, November 18. Feast on poutine, triple creme brie, and calamari skewers cooked fireside and sip hot chocolate, toddies and other cold-weather classics. Open through the end of February on weekdays 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from noon to 9 p.m. Reserve via Opentable. A snow cannon helps transport guests to the slopes of Aspen.

The Penn Quarter patio features roaring fire pits and soft blankets.
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Hotel Washington

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A tradition unlike any other, Hotel Washington’s holiday suite is a Grinch-themed Whoville Hideout. Guests who book this experience (available December 1 to 31) will enjoy seasonal homemade cookies, family-friendly books, all the classics on DVD, and mugs for hot cocoa and spiked eggnog upon request — all the trimmings for a cozy holiday home-away-from-home.

Coco B's

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From December through January 15, B Social Hospitality transforms two of its Clarendon bars into winter wonderlands. Stylish getaway Coco B’s receives a festive pink makeover across all three rooms, patio and a renamed “Rudolph’s Rooftop” with cozy igloos, blankets, and warm drinks. Under at B Live, its Jingle Bell Rock Christmas bar is back with oversized ornaments, colorful Christmas lights, shimmering garland, giant candy canes, life-size nutcrackers, seasonal cocktails served in holiday mugs and glassware, a mistletoe photo station, holiday flicks, and Holiday Karaoke Night.

Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

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Starting Friday, November 24, distiller Todd Thrasher decks out his Southwest Waterfront bar with a colorful bonanza of lights, snow machines, tiki ornaments, and oversized Santas sporting beachwear. Holiday happenings include hot pineapple cider served in Santa mugs, DIY s’mores with a mini roasting grill, Christmas movie classics playing on loop, and games like ring-toss on blow-up reindeer antlers. Thrasher’s “Rum-Ron-Rhum” pop-up shop returns with gift ideas like newly released bottles of Thrasher’s Queen Share. His Potomac Distilling Company is also open with tours, tastings, specials on rum cases, seasonal to-go cocktails, Tiki TNT apparel, and limited-edition tiki mugs and flasks. 

Tiki TNT turns up for the holidays after Thanksgiving.
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Cantina Bambina

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Cantina Bambina has glass walls that keep diners warm once the temperature drops, nicely decorated to resemble the inside of a giant snow globe. Visit from Black Friday through mid-January. Plus, there are hot drinks available through the snack bar by the Wharf skating rink all winter. 

Cantina Bambina transforms into a snow globe again this holiday season.
Cantina Bambina

Pendry Washington DC - The Wharf

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In celebration of the 31st annual Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 2 at the Wharf, Pendry DC offers hot toddies, hot chocolate, a live fire pit with s’mores, and cookie decorating kits in the directly outside the hotel from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a special visitor from the North Pole making an appearance until 6 p.m. Guests and passersby will be able to enjoy the Boat Parade from a prime viewing location and buy cookie-decorating kits from chef AJ McMillen Cavallo. Sip new seasonal cocktails in its lobby-level Bar Pendry like a mezcal espresso martini topped with salted pumpkin foam.

The holiday boat parade returns to the Wharf this weekend.
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Duke's Grocery Navy Yard

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Duke’s Grocery celebrates its first Christmas in Navy Yard with the debut of a “Dreamland: The Nutcracker-inspired Bar” from Friday, December 1 through the holidays. Duke’s tapped the “Queen of Christmas Bars” Adriana Salame-Aspiazu to deck the British pub’s halls with wreaths, ballerinas, and nutcracker toy soldiers. Themed cocktails include “Clara’s Peppermint Mocha” (rum, peppermint RumChata, chocolate syrup, and coffee) and “Gingerbread House” made with vodka, homemade gingerbread syrup, and cream.

The pour-your-own beer bar right across from Enchant at Nationals Park gets into the holiday spirit with a “Whoville Hideaway” pop-up featuring Christmas cocktails, “Holly Jolly” happy hours, festive decor, Grinch appearances, music bingo, and more.

Chicken + Whiskey

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Chicken + Whiskey tapped local interior designer Mai Miller to transform its Navy Yard locale into an over-the-top, “naughty and nice”-themed holiday pop-up across from Nats Park. Sip themed beverages all winter long, like a Jingle Juice (Avion Reposado tequila, spiced pomegranate, orange cordial, lime) and Stocking Stuffer (Martell Blue Swift Cognac, fennel honey, lemon), and Frosty’s Mistress Jameson Orange, hot apple cider, spices). They’ve also added a karaoke program to belt out classic holiday tunes with a little liquid courage.

Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

Miracle is bring holiday cheer to Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland with themed cocktails and an interactive light show. The festive bar at Live! is open to the general public via reservation from November 24 (Black Friday) to Christmas Eve, Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Mulled wine at Miracle.
Melissa Hom

SENSE OF THAI ST

Running now through December, Miracle and Sippin’ Santa takes over across Virginia restaurants with festive cocktails, opulent decorations, and more to ring in the holiday season. That includes “Miracle on Exchange Street” at Sense of Thai in Ashburn, Sippin’ Santa at Tiki Thai Reston, and other activations in Richmond and Roanoke.

The Christmas Cricket cocktail at Miracle.
Melissa Hom

Westfield Wheaton

Look forward to season-long activations perfect for the entire family. It starts off with Santa’s arrival on Saturday, Nov. 30 daily in Macy’s Lower Court until Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 24. Wheaton Wonderland begins Saturday, December 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The National String Symphonia will also grace ears on Saturday, December 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Find the complete lineup here.

Hook Hall

This December, upper Northwest’s (heated) garden oasis celebrates the beauty of the Northern Lights with fire pits, private cabanas, specialty drinks, and even an actual hot tub for groups up to 8.

Tiki On 18th

The Adams Morgan tiki bar ramps up island and escapism vibes with a pop-up paying homage to The Island of Misfit Toys (beverage manager Rico Wisner’s favorite holiday classic). Look for themed drinks like his infamous Egg-N-Grog and over-the-top design from the “Queen of Christmas Bars” Adriana Salame-Aspiazu, who helped pioneer the original Miracle on 7th Street. She brings the timeless classic to the heart of 18th Street with a snowy, icy cave escape. The pop-up will run November 24 to January 5 alongside its traditional Filipino menu.

Tiki on 18th’s pop-up starts on Black Friday.
Tiki on 18th

Death Punch

Famed holiday themed cocktail pop-up bars, Miracle and Sippin’ Santa, are coming back to the District for the 2023 season at Death Punch and Black Whiskey (1410 14th Street NW), respectively. Throw on festive ensembles and be immersed in kitschy decor with carols blasting in your ears. The pop-ups run from November 24 to December 31.

Miracle’s Elfing Around cocktail.
Melissa Hom

Salt & Sundry

Salt & Sundry’s holiday shop will open its doors on November 25 and remain open daily until January 2024. The pop-up will be stocked with seasonal gifts like natural wreaths, terrazzo concrete menorahs, festive food-centric gifts, and more. Inventory also include familiar Salt & Sundry goods, along with new brands like Otherland and Cody Foster. Purchases come with custom gift box curation and wrapping.

Nina May

Nina May transforms its covered patio into a winter wonderland, complete with cozy holiday decor, a 12-foot Christmas tree, and fire pits. Eggnog and hot toddy cocktails join Irish coffee and Christmas punch, Parker House rolls, butternut squash and sage risotto fritters, pink peppercorn ricotta and brown butter, and homemade French fries. A tree-lighting ceremony will take place on December 12 at 7 p.m. with free canapes and ornaments.

Cocktails served in festive glasses at Nina May.
Nina May

Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown

The Fairmont is Georgetown is rolling out a festive, Frozen-themed afternoon tea service on Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on December 9, 16, and 23. Look forward to sea served in the whimsically adorned loggia while executive chef Jordi Gallardo and team unveil savory holiday delights.

Frozen-themed tea time at Fairmont.
Fairmont

BOURBON STEAK

Starting Monday, November 27, D.C.’s Four Seasons hotel becomes a winter wonderland again with festive chalets on Bourbon Steak’s patio in partnership with single-malt Scotch whisky brand The Macallan. Inspired by its Speyside, Scotland estate, three custom-built chalets will offer exclusive Macallan pours paired with new seasonal offerings from Bourbon Steak. A decadent hot chocolate comes topped with a Macallan milk foam, marshmallows, cinnamon dust, a chocolate tree, edible gold leaf and marshmallow twigs.

Custom chalets are adorned with rich wood tones and cozy accents.
Bourbon Steak

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

The luxe hotel near the White House offers opulent holiday afternoon tea service with selections from Dammann Frères, tea sandwiches, festive desserts, pastries, and optional Champagne pairings. The grand lobby also houses a life-size gingerbread masterpiece decked out with royal icing filigree, ornate candies, and glittering sugar and spice. A new holiday “cheers” bubbly brunch cart fueled by Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is equipped with cocktails, iconic bruts, and rare vintages alongside seasonal cuisines and desserts. 

St. Regis’ holiday afternoon tea.
St. Regis

The Watergate Hotel

Famed pop-up book author Chuck Fischer is partnering with The Watergate Hotel to bring his Gingerbread White House holiday book to real life. Life-size pop-up art will be adorned throughout the lobby of the hotel. The Watergate is also bringing back their holiday igloos with a twist. Each of the six igloos will be dressed to look like a hotel ornament complete with hundreds of twinkling lights, indoor cozy decor, cocktails in ornament shaped glassware, and more. Reserve here, with rentals starting at $50.

Igloos at the Watergate.
Watergate

Urban Roast

The holiday party-starters at Urban Roast are at it again, covering every inch of its Penn Quarter cafe with Christmas trees, oversized ornaments, Santas, candy cane ceilings, faux snow, and tinsel. Themed cocktails include a s’mores martini topped with a torched marshmallow.

Dirty Habit

Dirty Habit’s ski chalet returns on Saturday, November 18. Feast on poutine, triple creme brie, and calamari skewers cooked fireside and sip hot chocolate, toddies and other cold-weather classics. Open through the end of February on weekdays 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from noon to 9 p.m. Reserve via Opentable. A snow cannon helps transport guests to the slopes of Aspen.

The Penn Quarter patio features roaring fire pits and soft blankets.
Nom Digital

Hotel Washington

A tradition unlike any other, Hotel Washington’s holiday suite is a Grinch-themed Whoville Hideout. Guests who book this experience (available December 1 to 31) will enjoy seasonal homemade cookies, family-friendly books, all the classics on DVD, and mugs for hot cocoa and spiked eggnog upon request — all the trimmings for a cozy holiday home-away-from-home.

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Coco B's

From December through January 15, B Social Hospitality transforms two of its Clarendon bars into winter wonderlands. Stylish getaway Coco B’s receives a festive pink makeover across all three rooms, patio and a renamed “Rudolph’s Rooftop” with cozy igloos, blankets, and warm drinks. Under at B Live, its Jingle Bell Rock Christmas bar is back with oversized ornaments, colorful Christmas lights, shimmering garland, giant candy canes, life-size nutcrackers, seasonal cocktails served in holiday mugs and glassware, a mistletoe photo station, holiday flicks, and Holiday Karaoke Night.

Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

Starting Friday, November 24, distiller Todd Thrasher decks out his Southwest Waterfront bar with a colorful bonanza of lights, snow machines, tiki ornaments, and oversized Santas sporting beachwear. Holiday happenings include hot pineapple cider served in Santa mugs, DIY s’mores with a mini roasting grill, Christmas movie classics playing on loop, and games like ring-toss on blow-up reindeer antlers. Thrasher’s “Rum-Ron-Rhum” pop-up shop returns with gift ideas like newly released bottles of Thrasher’s Queen Share. His Potomac Distilling Company is also open with tours, tastings, specials on rum cases, seasonal to-go cocktails, Tiki TNT apparel, and limited-edition tiki mugs and flasks. 

Tiki TNT turns up for the holidays after Thanksgiving.
Tiki TNT

Cantina Bambina

Cantina Bambina has glass walls that keep diners warm once the temperature drops, nicely decorated to resemble the inside of a giant snow globe. Visit from Black Friday through mid-January. Plus, there are hot drinks available through the snack bar by the Wharf skating rink all winter. 

Cantina Bambina transforms into a snow globe again this holiday season.
Cantina Bambina

Pendry Washington DC - The Wharf

In celebration of the 31st annual Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 2 at the Wharf, Pendry DC offers hot toddies, hot chocolate, a live fire pit with s’mores, and cookie decorating kits in the directly outside the hotel from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a special visitor from the North Pole making an appearance until 6 p.m. Guests and passersby will be able to enjoy the Boat Parade from a prime viewing location and buy cookie-decorating kits from chef AJ McMillen Cavallo. Sip new seasonal cocktails in its lobby-level Bar Pendry like a mezcal espresso martini topped with salted pumpkin foam.

The holiday boat parade returns to the Wharf this weekend.
Holiday Boat Parade/Facebook

Duke's Grocery Navy Yard

Duke’s Grocery celebrates its first Christmas in Navy Yard with the debut of a “Dreamland: The Nutcracker-inspired Bar” from Friday, December 1 through the holidays. Duke’s tapped the “Queen of Christmas Bars” Adriana Salame-Aspiazu to deck the British pub’s halls with wreaths, ballerinas, and nutcracker toy soldiers. Themed cocktails include “Clara’s Peppermint Mocha” (rum, peppermint RumChata, chocolate syrup, and coffee) and “Gingerbread House” made with vodka, homemade gingerbread syrup, and cream.

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The pour-your-own beer bar right across from Enchant at Nationals Park gets into the holiday spirit with a “Whoville Hideaway” pop-up featuring Christmas cocktails, “Holly Jolly” happy hours, festive decor, Grinch appearances, music bingo, and more.

Chicken + Whiskey

Chicken + Whiskey tapped local interior designer Mai Miller to transform its Navy Yard locale into an over-the-top, “naughty and nice”-themed holiday pop-up across from Nats Park. Sip themed beverages all winter long, like a Jingle Juice (Avion Reposado tequila, spiced pomegranate, orange cordial, lime) and Stocking Stuffer (Martell Blue Swift Cognac, fennel honey, lemon), and Frosty’s Mistress Jameson Orange, hot apple cider, spices). They’ve also added a karaoke program to belt out classic holiday tunes with a little liquid courage.

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