Heading into the Holidays!
By Lani Gering
The Harbor Tree Lighting takes place on the 12th and the Gaylord Resort kicks off ICE 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac on the 18th! We will have barely done our duty as good Americans and voted – Election Day is the 7th – and honored our Veterans – Veterans Day is the 11th – and aren’t even close to turkey and dressing time – Thanksgiving isn’t until the 23rd – before we are lighting trees and sitting on Santa’s lap. I do have to give some kudos to my friends in Old Town Alexandria, they aren’t lighting the big tree at City Hall until the 24th! As a matter of fact, as I write this column, Halloween is still 5 days away! Guess you are getting the picture – I’m not really ready to jump into the deep end of the holiday pool yet. I’m sure I will go through an attitude change after I take my annual ride down the ICE! Slide at the media day opening on the 17th.
I understand that there is a lot of competition for retail $$$ during the holidays and it makes some sense to stagger the tree lightings, etc. in order to give people the opportunity to attend both events and the opportunity to spend some of those coveted $$$ not just once, but twice. It is definitely a great marketing ploy.
Remember, we have the MGM Grand added to the mix this holiday season. They celebrate their first anniversary on December 8th and they also have some great entertainment lined up during the holidays. Bruno Mars is even coming back! I am so looking forward to seeing what holiday theme the Conservatory will take on this year. As a matter of fact, check out the fall décor that is gracing the space now – it is impressive.
In the meantime, don’t forget to go vote on the 7th, Salute our Veterans on the 11th and have a very Happy Thanksgiving on the 23rd!