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Thanksgiving-Guest Guide

BY The Editors | November 15, 2017 | Feature Features

After the meal is done and cabin fever sets in, we give you the ultimate diversion guide. Here are some great things to do around town with guests this weekend.
Gaylord National at National Harbor features ice skating this year—all in addition to the big ICE showcase.

ICE
All right, we has a soft spot for Rudolph…so let’s just get that out the way. But the scale of these ice sculptures carved by scores of Chinese artists at the Gaylord National is truly impressive. The theme (modeled after the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) showcases incredible ice sculpture in a super-chilly (and enormous) 9-degree space. Guests walk through the installation and even get to glide down ice slides. Bonus: an ice-skating rink has been added this year, and parts can also take in the resort’s Christmas Village, complete with 55-foot tree, carousel, train rides and Gingerbread Decorating Corner. Through Jan. 1, 201 Waterford St., Oxon Hill, Md, 301.965.4000

Pickett’s Charge
This is an incredible installation (42 feet high and 377 feet long) at the Hirshhorn Museum by contemporary artist Mark Bradford. It’s a dramatically reimagined rendering of the cyclorama at the Gettysburg Battlefield, with a strong commentary on race and our interpretation of history. Through Nov. 12, 2018, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest

Tamayo: The New York Years
Acclaimed Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo’s brilliantly colorful works shed a universal light on 20th-century New York City. Through March 18, 11:30am-7pm, free, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Penn Quarter

Nina Simone: Four Women
Four young girls who lost their lives in the 1963 explosion in Birmingham, Ala., are reincarnated in this captivating performance of song and storytelling. Through Dec. 24, Times vary, orchestra seats from $91, Arena Stage, Southwest Waterfront

Holiday Pop-Up at Union Market
This is Union Market’s first installation of new pop-up concept shop Brief Assembly, which is an operational storefront space where selected makers, designers and independent brands from across the U.S. will have their goods sold in a curated shopping experience. Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 1309 Fifth St. NE, 301.347.3998

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