Freedom Friday: The Happy Holidays Edition

Happy Holidays Good Folks!

Let the holiday parties begin! 🙂 

I am sooo looking forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities.  Now, I don’t get into holiday shopping.  I actually try to avoid it by purchasing earlier in the year or on-line. However, if I need to buy a gift, I totally avoid the mall and head to local small businesses.   However, for me, the holiday season is about connecting and reconnecting with friends and loved ones.  I usually try to “set things right” before entering into the New Year.  I also take the time to give thanks and to celebrate my accomplishments for the year.    So whatever you do, don’t allow the holidays to become stressful or overwhelming for you. Figure out how you are going to live in the moment in order to fully enjoy the holiday season.     

Sending a shout out to the Alphas for their 105th Founder’s Day.  There are celebrations going on Saturday at Mood Lounge and Teatro

Othello closes out this weekend at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

And the holidays would not be complete without these classic Christmas plays.  The Washington Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater from December 1-24 and  A Christmas Carol is playing at the Ford’s Theater until December 31.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl


Celebrate 105 years of service with the men of Alpha Phi Alpha with a host committee of over 105 Alphas and AKAs.  We’re inviting our friends and fellow Greeks to come network and meet some new faces.

Friday, December 2

The Park

920 14th St NW

Happy Hour 5PM-7PM, Party until 3AM


Come out to “LIVE! from Busboys” Talent Showcase at 14th & V hosted by powerhouse singer/songwriter and opener for one of The Roots’ tour gig, Ne’a Posey. “LIVE!” takes place at 14th & V on the first Friday of every month and offers a platform for ALL performers, not just poets. Whether you are a musician, comedian, dancer, actor/actress, magician, or any other type of performer, we want to see what you’ve got!

Friday, December 2

Busboys and Poets

14th & V St NW

11:30Pm to 1:30AM

Wristbands can be purchased at the Art Under Pressure Store starting at 10 AM until sold out. Limit 4 per person. Cash only, no refunds. The sign-up list opens at 9:30 PM.


The 7th Annual Downtown Holiday Market returns for 22 days fo festive shopping.

December 2-23

F St. NW between 7th and 9th St NW

Noon to 8PM


The National Zoo presents Zoo Lights, a display of thousands of sparkling lights featuring sculptures of many of the Zoo’s most popular animals, including giant pandas, Asian elephants, gibbons, a sea lion, an octopus, and a Komodo dragon. Visitors at ZooLights will enjoy winter-themed crafts, ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers. Visitors can warm up inside the animal houses and enjoy nocturnal animals. The Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discover Center, Think Tank, and Kid’s Farm will be open every night. Holiday treats will be available for sale including hot chocolate, donuts, and kettle corn. Families can take a photo with costume characters, or do some holiday shopping at one of the eco-friendly gift shops.
November 25-December 11 (Friday-Sunday nights)
December 16, 2011-January 1, 2012 (every night except December 24, 25 and 31)
National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
5-9 PM


Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe  hosts the Magical Mirrors, a Children’s Book Fair featuring books from African, African-American and Native cultures around the world; bring the kids to enjoy the best in children’s literature, author events, dance, drumming, poetry, and much, much more – all designed to promote the love of reading.

December 3-11

Sankofa Bookstore

2714 Georgia Ave. NW

Click here for schedule


Come out to the 21st Annual BZB Holiday Gift and Art Show for 2 floors of shopping at the largest African-American Holiday Show. 

December 3, 10,17, 23

Shiloh Family Life Center

1510 9th Street, NW  



Kick off the 41st year of the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade as hundreds of Scottish clansmen march through Old Town Alexandria with their bagpipes in a traditional holiday parade. Also participating are pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, re-enactment groups, Scottie dog groups, dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus.  A Christmas marketplace  will take place Friday, December 3rd, 9 am – 10:30 pm and Saturday, December 4th, 8 am – 10:30 pm.
Saturday, December 3
Parade Route: Beginning at the intersection of Wilkes Street and South St. Asaph Street, the parade will head north on South St. Asaph Street to Queen Street, turn right on Queen Street to North Fairfax Street, then turn right and head south on North Fairfax Street. The parade will then turn right on King Street, and pass the reviewing stand at King and Royal Streets (Market Square) to the ending point at the intersection of King and Pitt Streets.
11AM Rain or Shine


Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is this Saturday.  Festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River including 50 powerboats, sailboats and the District’s fireboat, the John Glenn spouting water 70 feet into the air. The brightly lit boats are creatively decorated as they compete in categories.  The best place to view the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is the from the docks of the Alexandria marina. Santa will arrive via boat to visit with children dockside at the gazebo and will be available for photos.
Saturday, December 3
Alexandria City Marina
501 South Union Street  Alexandria, VA 22314
  • 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Festivities on the docks at the Alexandria Waterfront (music and entertainment)
  • 4:15 p.m. – Santa arrives by boat – pictures with Santa for Kids and Canines
  • 5:00 p.m. – Parade starts at the Washington Channel, Water St. off of Maine Avenue, Washington, DC
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Parade at Alexandria Waterfront


Evangel Cathedral’s Annual Christmas Celebration is the largest, most spectacular, Broadway-style holiday show in the Mid-Atlantic area. This magnificent Broadway-Style Production features the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The Nativity Scene presents a parade of live animals (camels, sheep, llamas, horses) on stage and in the aisles plus a spectacular laser light show.  Special guest artists Grammy, Stellar, and Dove winners Marvin Sapp, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbet and Beverly Crawford. 12 shows over 3 weekends.

December 3-18

Evangel Cathedral

13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD

Get tickets here


Join us for the official viewing of the DC episode featured in Smirnoff’s “Master of the Mix“.  Hosted by the one and only Kid Capri and a LIVE PERFORMANCE by Rare Essence.  Special Guest Biz Markie and the 2010 Master of the Mix DJ Scratch.  A special Smirnoff Ice DJ competition will also be in full effect judged by Kid Capri and DJ KSLY.  As always Smirnoff cocktails will be available along with special giveaways throughout the night.

Saturday, December 3

Warehouse Loft

411 New York Ave NE
You must RSVP here with guest code 819
The Luv Lounge in association with WE ACT Radio presents “Native Tongues & Then Some” to open the holiday season with a celebration & tribute to Afrocentric music & culture in America.  We will celebrate with free food, a cash donation bar, a tribal makeup artist on site, afrocentric art works on display and 2 floors of great music from 4 great dj’s: Dj One Luv, Dj I:Wah The Beat Priest, Dj Jimmy Phingaz and Dj Jahsonic.
Saturday, December 3
We Act Radio
1918 MLK Ave SE
10 bucks advance sales
15 bucks at the door
Get tickets here
Reminisce is bringing a tribute to our dearly departed Heavy D. We’ll be rocking to the sounds of the Heavster all night as well as the rest of the Uptown Records family. From Jodeci to Guy to Ma…ry to Father MC etc. It’s going to be a night full of that old school late 80s/early 90s get down to get you up on the dance floor. With Supa Qool DJ Quartermaine on the 1s and 2s doing what he does best, there will be no better party in the city this Saturday night.
Saturday, December 3
2001 11th St NW
Free before 11PM,10 bucks after
Sol Power! Afro.Latin.Brazilian.Hous e.Disco.Funk with DJs Stylus, Meistro & Deep Sang.  Samba whistles, shekeres and cowbells welcome. Sweat to the rhythms of Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico & West Africa.
Saturday, December 3
1212 18th St NW
10 bucks
Have a great weekend!

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