This weekend in DC is the start of the Holiday Season. I am a huge fan of the Holidays. Good food, good company and presents. You will find everything from Gingerbread House Contests to Swedish Christmas Bazaars.

10th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show – (Dec. 4-6)

With both Children and Adult categories this show has a lot to offer.  This show will delight children of all ages as they marvel at the creativity and talent of local bakers. Visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite adult and child entries in the Viewer’s Choice Award competition.

Admission: $1

Hours: Noon to 5PM

Location:  Darnall’s Chance House Museum – 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar – (Dec. 5)

Friends of House of Sweden’s annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar at House of Sweden includes a Lucia procession, a café with traditional Swedish baked goods and delicacies, Swedish crafts, crystal, textiles, food, books and much more.

11:00 – 5:30 pm, Lucia procession at 5:30 pm.

Admission: Free but suggested donation at the door, $2

Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Ice at the National Harbor – (Nov. 20 to Jan. 19)

You’ve never experienced the holidays quite like this… An exhilarating combination of entertainment and activities, where you’ll be amazed by a spectacular 60-foot fountain and the crescendos of a live, caroling choir; where you can create a gingerbread treat as tasty as it is fun to make; and where you’re guaranteed to see snowfall every night… inside the resort! And where you can explore a life-sized winter wonderland carved from ice.  Tickets are available online here.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill, MD

Enjoy your weekend.


Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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