The perfect holiday date night: Caroling, cocktails and Christmas lights at the Willard Hotel

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sings carols in the Willard Intercontinental Hotel's lobby. (Photo by Fritz Hahn / The Washington Post) Fritz Hahn Reporter covering bars, drinks and nightlife for The Washington Post's Weekend section December 7 at 8:00 AM This time of year finds bars with lights and bars covered with kitschy decorations and bars serving seasonal tiki drinks. But no happy-experience in Washington immersed you in the holiday spirit like the Willard Hotel's free holiday caroling performances, which happenings nightly. The grand old hotel lobby is a beautiful tree with a touch of the 22-foot ceiling. Earlier this week, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you a brilliant version of Toto's "Africa." The sparkling lights, made the mood even brighter. For 17 years, the Willard has been local choral groups to sing in its ornate marble lobby. It's become one of the most versatile holiday destinations in town: The classy decorations and the beautiful music make it a good place to take parents or visiting relatives, and the downtown location, 5:30 p.m. start time and Round Robin scene make it a natural gathering spot for friends after work or a date before dinner. If you want to sneak away because of a few minutes, or go to the bar between songs, that's fine, too. (Just be warned that you can not be heard.) During breaks in the music, you can poses for photos in front of the decorations and white paper Christmas decorations.
The festive Christmas decorations in the hotel include a 20-foot tree, and a smaller one. (Photo by Fritz Hahn / The Washington Post) The Gospel and the Chorus (from Dec. 9); intricate a cappella arrangements from Vox Pop (Dec. 20); and school groups, such as the Georgetown Visitation Chorus (Dec. 16) and the Arlington Children's Chorus (Dec. 11). Although the performances are free, the seasonal cocktails are $ 16, and a glass of prosecco is $ 12. The Willard is a place to relax and linger. The Willard Hotel Lobby, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Performances daily though Dec. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with an intermission from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Free.

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