Bobbi Lancaster, fire pit attendant at The Wharf in southwest D.C., keeps things "fired up" during the new family-friendly center now featuring holiday activities. (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer)
Bobbi Lancaster, fire pit attendant at The Wharf in southwest D.C., keeps things "fired up" during the new family-friendly center now featuring holiday activities. (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer)

Celebrate the holiday season with a boat parade, a 45-foot tall Christmas Tree and a host of festive events on the waterfront at D.C.’s newest premier destination.

The Wharf in Southwest will be open all month long with holiday programming for the entire family including all-day festivals on the Piers, snowfall, ice skating and fireworks.

Since opening its first phase on Oct. 12, the mixed-use, waterfront neighborhood has featured various free outdoor concerts and seasonal events such as Pumpkin Palooza and Thanks for Giving.

The winter events kicked off with the lighting of The Wharf’s 45-foot tall Christmas Tree followed by the 26th annual District Holiday Boat Parade — a holiday tradition and a magical night of illuminated boating where over 60 participating boats floated down the Potomac River with an eye-boggling display of fireworks as the finale of the parade.

The Wharf will also host a First Night of Hanukkah Celebration, Nog Fest and Christmas Caroling.

The free events will stretch along the waterfront as well as the piers and will include music, festive decor, s’more making, crafts, seasonal beverages, guaranteed snow fall and festive fun that include photo ops with jolly Old St. Nicholas himself.

In addition to the five holiday-themed events, The Wharf has opened D.C.’s first ice skating rink on the pier. The Wharf Ice Rink is open every day through mid-February.

Winter Event Details

Nog Fest:

An afternoon to enjoy a mug of your favorite seasonal drink or sample other tasty winter beverages at The Wharf’s Winter Waterfront Beer & Wine Garden.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m.

The Wharf’s Wharf Street and District Pier

Admission: Free

Saturday at The Wharf

• Live Music by White Ford Bronco

• Seasonal Waterfront Wine and Beer Garden on District Pier

• Make your own reindeer antlers crafts at District Pier

• Games: Mechanical reindeer ride, snowman bowling and more

• Drink specials with participating restaurants: The Brighton, Kirwan’s Irish Pub, Velo Café, Kith and Kin, Pearl Street Warehouse, Whiskey Charlie and Hanks Oyster Bar

Christmas Caroling and Pictures with Santa Claus:

An evening to enjoy the sounds of the season featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. Visitors can also enjoy s’mores at the fire pit and visit The Wharf’s illuminated Christmas Tree.

Saturday, Dec. 23, 6-8 p.m.

The Wharf neighborhood along Wharf Street from Blair Alley SW to 7th Street SW

Admission: Free

Saturday at The Wharf

• Live Performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

• Photos with Santa at The Wharf’s Christmas Tree

• S’mores at The Wharf fire pit

For more upcoming events visit www.wharfdc.com/upcoming-events.

Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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