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Discover DC by Foot this Holiday Season

Holiday lights and history on a tour through Georgetown

[Note: This is a Guest Post contributed by Canden Arciniega from DC By Foot.]


Hi! I’m Canden, a tour guide and historian in Washington, DC, and a mom of two. It has been a weird line between getting the kids out of the house and keeping the kids in the house this year, not quite knowing what to do or what’s open and meets the safety standards that we’ve set for our family.  KidFriendly DC has been my go-to in figuring out what is happening [editor’s note: 😊], so I’m excited to share with you what my company is doing this December as a kid-friendly option for something fun, festive, and perfect for these social distancing times.

DC by Foot offers over a dozen walking tours, available each day. Let’s get the safety protocols out there first: All our tours are entirely outdoors, in small groups to allow physical distancing, with mask requirements of all guests and guides.

We offer tours of the National Mall that have a scavenger hunt element for kids, our popular Lincoln’s Assassination tour, family-friendly Ghosts of Georgetown tours, and private neighborhood tours of Georgetown, Eastern Market, Capitol Hill, the Wharf, and more.


Creative lights make the season bright


For the holiday season, starting December 4, we’re excited to offer a Holiday Lights and History tour of Georgetown daily! This 1.5-hour tour starts at 6pm and explores the holiday windows and light displays. We’ll weave in stories of Georgetown history as we walk — for instance, did you know the Gap in Georgetown used to be a Civil War prison for deserters?

If you’re not interested in Georgetown, we also offer a Downtown History & Lights tour on a private basis that visits the Holiday Market, Macy’s Windows, Willard Hotel, and National Christmas tree display.

Wondering whether our guides will be engaging and fun enough for your kids?  Not to worry!  In the before times, our team of full time guides worked mostly with student groups. We tell jokes so bad they are good and pride ourselves in winning over even the most angsty teen.


See festive window displays in local shops


Our Georgetown Holiday Lights tours are name-your-own-price from Wednesday to Saturday, and ticketed Sunday to Tuesday. Name-your-own-price tours allow you to take the tour and then decide at the end what you thought it was worth, paying the guide directly when the tour is finished. Guides strive to make the tour such a memorable experience that you’ll want to support them, but if that’s not in your budget, or you didn’t feel like it was worth it… that is your choice.

With the limited number of people and tours right now, many of our tours are ticketed in order to support our guides, but we’re happy to be able to offer select tours on the name-your-own-price basis.

Interested in more information about our Holiday Lights or any other tours?  You can find them all on our website, DC by Foot, or send me a message at [email protected].

I look forward to exploring DC with you!


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Five Things for Today: November 19, 2020



1. Montrose Park in Georgetown is a great place to bring  kids to play.  There’s a fun playground and lots of grassy space for running around, having a picnic, or just hanging out.  From there you can hit the trail at Dumbarton Oaks Park that runs right behind the Dumbarton Oaks Garden (which, unfortunately is not open right now).  It’s about a mile or so hike to Wisconsin Ave. and a pretty wooded area to explore.  See details for accessing it in this post.


2. Washington Post’s On Parenting has a great piece on how volunteering can give kids purpose in uncertain times, including ways they can do it now.


3. Our family of Takorean fans is excited about this: They now offer a Family Meal Kit that serves 4-6 people with choice of protein, tacos or rice, slaw, and sauces — plus 4 chocolate chip cookies. All for $49. You can choose to cook it yourself or get a fully prepared hot meal.


4. Union Market is hosting a Turkey Drive with Harvey’s Market, one of their vendors. You can help support the community by chipping in to donate a turkey to neighborhood families in need when you visit Harvey’s.  This drive is running through November 21.  Of course, pick up some butchered goods while you’re there and a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls, which includes Takorean! There are tables outside where you can eat al fresco.


5. For one second, I feel normal.


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Five Things for Today: November 18, 2020



1. In case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new post about our recent visit to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. The fall landscape is lovely there, and roaming around the expansive grounds, exploring all of the tucked away areas and vast open spaces,  is a great way to enjoy a day out with kiddos. It’s open sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.  For more energy-burning activity, pair it up with a visit to the playground at Wheaton Regional Park, which is an easy 10-minute drive from Brookside.


2. Starting tomorrow, November 19, through Saturday, November 21, the National Gallery of Art is hosting this month’s  Virtual Artful Conversations.  During these sessions, explore how careful looking at a work of art can inspire mindful movement, as Alicia Sokol, a Washington, DC-based movement specialist and owner of barre3 14th Street, joins the program.  Recommended for ages 7-12 and an adult companion.  Free registration is required.


3. This one’s for parents: It’s DC Cocktail Week, with special food and drink pairings at restaurants around the area as well as virtual happenings, too!


4. If you want to take something off your figurative plate next week (and put some good stuff on your literal one), here is a round-up of places offering take out Thanksgiving dinner around DC from Washingtonian.


5. Every Hallmark movie ever 😂



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Five Things for Today: November 17, 2020


1. It’s National Take a Hike Day, so don some layers and hit the trail! Some places that are free and easy to hike with kiddos, that will make for perfect adventures on this nice fall day:  Roosevelt Island, Kingman Island, Riverbend Park, Potomac Overlook, Turkey Run, Scott’s Run, and Huntley Meadows. Find even more recs in this round-up of great local walks in the woods.


2.  The new giant panda cub at the National Zoo is now 12 weeks old — and so cute!  You can help name him by voting for one of three possible names.  Select your favorite once per day through November 20. The name that receives the most votes will be bestowed on the cub November 23!


3. The Lane Social Club shared a couple of cool things recently: 1) Ideas for outdoor games to play even when it gets cold.  2) Playlists the whole family will *actually* enjoy.


4.  It’s my birthday, and I can’t wait to celebrate with my family tonight and this deliciousness.


5. Grace, reason, dignity, and decency exemplified ❤️


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