The Weekend Guide

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Santa is watching.

Feast of the Seven Fishes
Take the clan out for a traditional southern Italian holiday dinner at Bibiana ($75 per person).
Why: Fill up on salt cod with potatoes; black spaghetti with Catalina Island Sea Urchin; grilled eel with onion compote; and shrimp, calamari, smelts, and oysters.
When: Fri., 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: 1100 New York Ave. NW, entrance at 12th & H Sts. (202-216-9550).

S’mores Post-Happy Hour
Cozy up by the fire in the lobby bar and nibble on the free campfire treats, updated with spice-soaked, toasted bread, hand-whipped marshmallow fluff, and chocolate.
Why: Arrive extra early (4:30-6:30 p.m.) to take advantage of discounted cocktails like the bubbly Menage a Poire (vodka, elderflower liqueur, and champagne) ($6.50).
When: S’mores, 6:30-7 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW, Georgetown (202-912-4100).

Seasons Greenings
United States Botanic Garden celebrates the solstice with remarkable winter plants, an amazing train display, and live music on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Why: Bask in the warmth as you traipse along the glass building’s suspended bridges.
When: Thru Jan. 2. Mon., Wed. & Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 100 Maryland Ave. SW, at 1st St. (202-225-8333). Admission is free.

The Best Bottles to Give
What: You’re on your way to another holiday party — empty-handed. Stop. Drop some cash. And roll in with a nice gift of wine, rum, whiskey, or cognac. You’ll be everyone’s best-loved guest.
Why: It’s as easy as flashing your ID.
When: You have zero time.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.

48-Hour Priority Pickup
Make way for all those gifts by cleaning out your place and donating the excess clutter. College Hunks Hauling Junk will pick everything up and deliver it straight to Goodwill.
Why: They only need 24 hours’ notice ($134 and up).
When: Thru Jan. 31.
Where: Sign up online at dcgoodwill.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Bibiana

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