Experience U Street's Dazzle

November 18 - January 8

Countdown to Holiday Lights









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

November 18 - January 8

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 18 to January 8. 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 18 and December 11. 

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 25, 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 18, 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 11.

Participate in the DC Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Starting November 25, 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


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

butter me up

Breakfast, brunch, and lunch in elegant surroundings

1409 T St NW


Colada Shop

Vibrant cafe for Cuban coffee drinks & light fare, plus cocktails from Barmini alum, Juan Coronado.

1405 T St NW


Crushed Skate Shop

Est.2020 in Washington DC, Crushed is a skateboard shop providing the area with premium goods.

1342 U St NW


Ezra Paul Clothing

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

1628 U St NW


JC Lofton

JC Lofton Tailoring offers customers expert, experienced tailoring at excellent prices. 

1003 U St NW


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


The Fainting Goat

Evocative gastropub doling out creative New American eats, booze & more in a brick-walled space.

1330 U St NW


U Street Family Dentistry

Comprehensive, patient-centered dental care from a DC family dentist

1515 U St NW



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!