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Get Out: Patch's Pick-and-Choose Weekend Planner

In case you're stuck in the city this holiday weekend, here are a few holiday-esque ideas.

1.

Where/When: Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St NE, Washington. Saturday, 1 p.m.

Why Go: According to the event listing, "More than 800 luminaria will illuminate the outdoor porticos of the Franciscan Monastery from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve in this annual holiday tradition. The luminaria, or candles, will be lighted and blessed by the friars on Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. and will remain lit until New Year’s Eve. All are welcome to the blessing and to visit the monastery, which includes a replica of the Nativity Grotto from Bethlehem, throughout the holidays."

Pricing: Free to attend

2.

Where/When: 3288 M St. Opens for business Friday.

Why Go: Tired of cupcakes? Try out diet-friendly frozen yogurt at the new Pinkberry location, which officially opens for business this weekend.

Pricing: Menu prices vary.

3.

Where/When: Portico Church Arlington, 2300 Key Blvd., Arlington. Saturday, 4 p.m.

Why Go: If you're feeling a religious inclination this weekend (after all, it is Christmas), consider attending this hour-long church service in Arlington. Then feel guilt-free when you break out the spiked egg nog later that evening.

Pricing: Free to attend

4. Christmas Eve Fondue at The Melting Pot

Where/When: , 1110 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Christmas Eve, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why Go: Forget the turkey and ham. Celebrate the holiday with some Christmas Eve fondue instead! The Melting Pot in Ballston will be serving a special four-course holiday menu, in addition to its regular menu, on Christmas Eve. According to the restaurant's website, the menu will include specials like Cranberry Walnut Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue and a  Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Fondue.

Pricing: Menu prices vary.

5. All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Where/When: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Washington. Sunday, 6 p.m.

Why Go: The Kennedy Center invites you to "Celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition—now in its 13th year—with host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams."

Pricing: Free performance - no tickets required!

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

williamslassiter@aol.com December 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM
STUCK? DC is a wonderful place to be for the holidays .ENJOY !!!
Mark Blacknell December 23, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Amen, William. Home is the best place to be for the holidays.

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