Downtown Holiday Market – the 2018 Downtown Holiday Market. Celebrating its fourteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region. This year the Downtown Holiday Market (DHM) will operate for 31 consecutive days and will have 4-weekend dates. It will open Friday, November 23, and will run continuously through Sunday, December 23. Hours will be from Noon to 8 pm each day. Located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW. Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.
BÛCHE DE NOËL
Bûche de Noël at Le Diplomate– Throughout France, the stunningly decorated Bûche de Noël graces the holiday table every year. As a child, Le Diplomate’s Parisian-born pastry chef, Fabrice Bendano recalls the holiday confection being one of his favorite Christmas time traditions, and he is excited to honor it with the release of his 2018 Bûche de Noël varieties. Flavors include Buche Champagne Citron Framboise (Champagne-Citron and Raspberry Confit) Soft lemon-Champagne mousse with a center of fresh raspberry confit is deliciously surrounded by an almond sponge cake, then decorated with a raspberry glaze, meringues, gold leaves, and fresh berries. Buche Foret Noire (Dark Chocolate Mousse and Morello Cherry) Layers of dark chocolate sponge cake and a marmalade of Morello cherries envelop a center of cloudlike kirsch and sour cherry mousse. A hand-carved chocolate fan, gold leaves, and mushroom meringues sit atop a chocolate glaze in Chef Bendano’s French version of the Black Forest cake. Le Diplomate’s Bûche de Noël serves 4-6 and is $40. Bûche de Noël may be ordered 48 hours in advance and picked-up between 12/17-12/25. Orders may be placed by calling the restaurant at 202.332.3333. The Bûche de Noël will also be available by the slice in the restaurant.
LE CAFÉ DESCARTES – Christmas Logs are Here!! It’s time to place your orders for their famous Bûche de Noël holiday Christmas logs. They have three wonderful flavors this year in three size options. Click here to order
Bethesda Row Holiday Celebration – Get into the holiday spirit at Bethesda Row where you can shop the season’s best deals from the area’s best retailers, support a good cause, snap a pic, and treat yourself to all the delights of the holiday season. The fun begins this weekend with the URBNMarket Holiday Pop-Up on Bethesda Lane (Nov. 17 & Nov. 18, 11am-4pm) where you can get all your holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving!
Buttercream Bakeshop –They are serving up sensational seasonal desserts and vibrant “do-it-yourself” Cake Kits. The thoughtfully curated cake kit includes a 4-inch Funfetti Cake with two luscious layers of Vanilla Buttercream frosting, a piping bag of Buttercream with a tip for easy application, brightly colored Sprinkles, Edible Pearls, a Macaron, a chocolatey Oreo Gem, and a cake topper. Or, leave the baking to cake-mavens Tiffany MacIsaac and Alex Mudry-Till for show-stopping designs like the All I Want for Christmas...is This Cake - a playful tribute to the queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey [serves 22-24]. Other standout sweets are the whimsical, Gilded Chocolate Oreos and assorted Holiday Macarons – including Reindeer and Christmas Trees. To order and for more information visit Buttercream Bakeshop's Holiday Store here.