Experience U Street's Dazzle

December 1 - December 31

Countdown to Holiday Lights









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

Event Date

December 1 – December 31, 2020

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 play this holiday season.

The businesses within U Street Main Street will be decked out with holiday lights from December 1 to December 31. 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 light displays between December 1st and 14th. 

U Street Main Street Holiday Lights is part of a broader, citywide DC Holiday Lights effort encouraging residents and visitors to shop small and explore the District this holiday season. All month long, 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

Between December 1 and December 14, take a walk around U Street Main Street to see the holiday lights displays. Then, cast your vote for your favorite display.

Participate in the DC Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Starting December 1st, participate in the citywide DC Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win amazing prizes from local DC businesses. Make sure to check it out before December 14th in order to cast your vote for the best decorated commercial corridor!

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!

Bandit Taco

Soul- and stomach-satisfying tacos from Korean Beef to Crispy Shrimp.

1946 New Hampshire Ave NW


Categories: Food/Drink

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

Bin 1301 Wine Bar

Café and bar offering cocktails, coffee and cake, light dishes, and an interesting atmosphere.

1301 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

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

Chi-Cha Café & Mercado

Modern Andean cuisine and cocktails

1624 U Street NW


Categories: Food/DrinkShopping


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

1919 14th Street NW


Categories: ServicesShopping

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Artisan ice cream company with fun, unique flavors.

1925 14th Street NW Suite B


Categories: Food/Drink

Jojo Restaurant and Bar

Elegant venue offering an American menu and live jazz, blues, funk, soul and R&B.

1518 U Street NW


Categories: Food/Drink


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

Tico DC

 Latin American-inspired restaurant with Nikkei dishes, sushi rolls, tacos, entrees & cocktails.

1926 14th St NW


Toku Japanese and Asian Cuisine

Serving traditional sushi, Japanese food, also some Asian foods and beyond. 

1301 U St NW


Categories: Food/Drink

U Street Family Dentistry

Comprehensive, patient-centered dental care

1515 U Street NW


Categories: Services