1. Weekdays are a good time to visit the Downtown Holiday Market, when it’s less crowded, especially these days when not so many folks are working in the Penn Quarter area. And I highly recommend going! Sasha and I went to stroll and browse yesterday evening, and it had such a nice holiday season spirit — get a glimpse in my IG stories. This year’s retail lineup features more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses, plus six food vendors providing tasty treats and hot beverages. It’s set up in the middle of F Street between 7th & 9th instead of along the sidewalk for more space. And to ensure safety even more, temperatures are taken at the entrance, and exhibitors are offering contactless and convenient payment methods for purchases. Open daily through December 23, 12-8pm. See what other local holiday markets are happening, both IRL and online, in the KFDC holiday guide.
2. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting is this evening at 5pm. Technically, it’s not open to the public — it will be broadcast live on C-Span.org — but you could catch a view of it from across the street by the Reflecting Pool (be sure to social distance, of course). The tree will be lit every evening for all to enjoy until January 1.
3. DC by Foot is offering its Georgetown History & Holiday Lights Tour starting this Friday, December 4, and advanced reservations are required. They also offer several other family-friendly tours — read more about them here.
4. Spotify’s most streamed songs of 2020. Plus, more top charts like most streamed artists and top in the US. And here is a playlist of Spotify’s most-streamed songs of all time, updated weekly (because this is the kind random thing I look up when I can’t sleep at night).
5. A new month has begun, so that means Darcy has a new list of 10 Happy Things for December!