Experience U Street's Dazzle

November 19 - January 6

Countdown to Holiday Lights









U Street from 12th to 17th Street (See Full Map Below)

November 19 - January 6

About Holiday Lights

Whether you’re a local resident or just visiting for a few days—stop by U Street Main Street Holiday Lights to explore, shop, and dine this holiday season.

The businesses within U Street Main Street will be decked out with holiday lights from November 19 to January 6. Wander the corridor with neighbors and visitors to enjoy amazing holiday events, activities, and promotions throughout the month. Then cast your vote for your favorite holiday display and your favorite corridor between November 19 and December 10. 

U Street Main Street is part of a broader, citywide DC Holiday Lights effort encouraging residents and visitors to shop small and explore the District this holiday season. Starting November 26, you can participate in our citywide Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes from local DC businesses! Check back for more details.

How To Participate


Visit the Corridor & Vote for the Best Business Display

Starting November 19, take a walk around U Street Main Street to see the holiday lights displays. Then, cast your vote for your favorite display and vote for U Street as “Best of DC.” Voting ends December 10.

Participate in the DC Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Starting November 26, participate in the citywide DC Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win amazing prizes from local DC businesses.

Eat, Drink & Shop Local

U Street’s businesses need your support! Find great holiday deals, specials, events, and activities happening throughout the month in our holiday happenings directory below. Plus, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily news from U Street’s businesses.


Where To See Lights

Check out the list of participating businesses below. Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite display after taking a walk around the corridor!

Alero Restaurant

Authentic Mexican cuisine

1301 U St NW


Barkada Wine Bar

Spotlighting small, under-represented winemakers that produce vintages that are complex in taste and approachable in price.

1939 12th St NW


Categories: Food/Drink

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Landmark restaurant founded in 1958 known locally for its chili dogs, half-smokes, and milkshakes.

1213 U Street NW


Categories: Food/Drink

Ben’s Next Door

Stylish, family-owned bar/eatery with American comfort food.

1211 U Street NW


Categories: Food/Drink

Black and White Look Optical

A family owned practice focused on serving the community with quality and affordable eye care

1514 U Street NW


Categories: Services

Brooklyn on U

An experience enriched through positive energy, music, culture and food

1212 U St NW


Busboys and Poets

Cultural hub where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted. Full-service restaurant, bar, coffee shop, bookstore with events spaces.

2021 14th Street NW


Categories: Food/Drink

DC Noodles

An authentic Thai restaurant

1412 U Street NW


DC Row

Boutique Rowing Fitness Studio

1947 14th Street NW


Ezra Paul Clothing

Locally-owned menswear brand making high quality, modern garments.

1628 U St NW



Framebridge makes online custom picture framing ridiculously easy, fast, and affordable.

1919 14th Street NW


Categories: ServicesShopping

Ice Cream Jubilee

Creative flavors of hand-made ice cream

1407 T St NW


Legacy DC


1937 14th st NW



Jeans, Clothing, Shoes & Bags for Women and Men

1919 14th Street NW Suite C


Categories: Shopping

Orangetheory Fitness 14th St.

Heart-rate based HITT total-body group workout that combines science, coaching and technology to guarantee maximum results from the inside out.

1925 14th Street NW


Categories: Fitness

Secreto de Rosita

Modern Peruvian Food


Signature Image Salon

Helping you meet your unique image goals for your hair, skin, body and overall look.

1517 U St NW


Sudhouse DC

Classic American fare and craft brews

1340 U Street NW


U Street Wine and Beer

Great selection of wine & beer

1351 U St NW

Vivid Lounge

Stylish, white-walled locale with lounge seating, offering cocktails, bar fare, hookah & DJ music.

1334 U St NW #4445



African Art Gallery and Gift Shop



U Street Main Street Holiday Lights is organized by District Bridges’ U Street Main Street.

U Street Main Street Holiday Lights is part of a broader, citywide DC Holiday Lights effort. Visit DCHolidayLights.org to find a list of participating neighborhoods across DC!