D.C. Scene: Hot Buttered Rum and Zoo-Tubing for Holidays

If you’re stuck in Washington this week, there is plenty around town to keep you in the spirit.

Nothing sparks holiday cheer better than a hot cocktail.

Just a stone’s throw from the Treasury Department, sip a hot peanut butter rum at the W Hotel for $10, or a $5 beer, during happy hour, 4 to 7 p.m. Go to the roof to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Tuesday can be a dirty martinis night at P.J. Clarke’s downtown for happy hour, or head to The Gibson, for a taste of “The Dashing Through the Snow,” a concoction of vodka and hot cocoa. The Gibson’s patio is decorated for the season.

For a more family-oriented event, bring out your inner political animal and children too at the National Zoo tonight, Thursday and Friday. Check out the lions, tigers and bears, ride the train and carousel and go “zoo tubing” down 150-foot tracks. Admission to “Zoolights” is free through Jan. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. with the exception of Christmas Eve and Day.

If your tastes tend to the more high-minded, and you want to stay close to Capitol Hill, the Folger Shakespeare Library is offering an exhibition, “Here is a Play Fitted,” where you can learn about the evolution of Shakespeare’s plays through archived letters, production notes and costumes. It’s open every day, except Christmas, this week.

Musical Menu

Get your jingle on.

Electro house DJ Zedd, known for collaborations with Lady Gaga, is the main act Thursday night at EchoStage, Washington’s hottest venue for up and coming talent and edgy artists. Alex Metric and Lucky Date will also perform. See www.echostage.com for more information.

Those seeking more traditional tunes can check out Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” at the National Theater on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.thenationaldc.com.

The Kennedy Center will be open on Christmas Day for performances. Before or after the shows, you can stop by the Roof Terrace Restaurant for the holiday prix-fixe menu and cocktails inspired by “Elf the Musical,” the center’s show about a North Pole refugee.

From roasted butternut squash to goat cheese ravioli, The Hay Adams Hotel, across the park from The White House, is offering its annual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners in its elegant Lafayette Room. Reservations required. Call 202-638-6000 for more information.

Of course, you can always settle for popcorn and candy at the cinema, as the movies are always a great Christmas Day destination. Among the Washington openings: “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays a New York stock broker ensnared in a securities fraud case.

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