If there is one thing DC does right every year, it’s the holiday party circuit. Though many get frazzled and overwhelmed by the sheer number of invites, open bars and guest lists – we at FamousDC have it mapped out (literally – see below).

The key to keeping up with the holiday cheer is having a game plan and sticking to it. Luckily this list of top holiday parties landed in our inbox over the weekend (as it mysteriously does every year to many hill staffers, journalists and the rest of the district’s partying scene) to get us started on where to RSVP first. Cheers!

  • Gingerbread Open House at Ritz-Carlton DC

    Monday, December 3
    Ritz-Carlton DC – 6pm-8pm
    RSVP to Colleen.Evans@ritzcarlton.com


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  • General Aviation Caucus Christmas reception

    Monday, December 3
    Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse – 6-8:15pm


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  • We're Dreaming of a Sandy Christmas

    Monday, December 3
    Sandy Bainum’s This Christmas concert & CD release party
    Signature Theatre, Max Theatre and Main Lobby – 7-9pm
    Admission by donation. Tickets available at 703-820-9771


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  • Marwood Christmas Reception

    Tuesday, December 4
    Ceiba – 5-7pm


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  • Restaurant Association of Washington Christmas Party

    Tuesday, December 4
    Hill Country Barbecue – 6:30pm – 7:30pm


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  • National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) hosts Seasonal Beer Sampling

    Tuesday, December 4
    Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse, 5:30-7:30pm


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  • Federal Home Loan Banks Christmas Reception

    Tuesday, December 4
    Sonoma – 6-8pm


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  • North West Energy Christmas reception

    Tuesday, December 4
    The 201 Bar – 6-8pm


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  • Witt Associates Christmas reception

    Tuesday, December 4
    Newseum – 6:30-9:30pm


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  • Christmas Cocktail Class

    Tuesday, December 4
    SEI Restaurant & Lounge – 9pm
    Learn how to make popular cocktails. The class includes making syrups & infusions, recipes, and hands on instruction along with a sushi roll, small plate, and mini desserts. $60 per person
    Reservations: 202-783-7007


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  • American Defense International’s Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    Hotel George – 6-9pm


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  • APAICS Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    NAB Building – 6-8pm


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  • Monsanto Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse – 6-8pm


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  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hosts her Capitol Press Corps Christmas Reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    The Capitol, Rayburn Room, H-207 – 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Press only RSVP to Evangeline.George@mail.house.gov


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  • AARP Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse – 5-8pm


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  • American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Assoc (AMRPA) Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    5-7pm


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  • Christmas cocktail reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    DC Arts Center Theater – 6-9pm


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  • Tri-Caucus Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    Del Frisco’s Grill – 6-8pm


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  • US Telecom Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    Central – 6-8pm


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  • U.S. Wind Energy Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 5
    Reserve Office Building – 6-8pm


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  • NOIA Christmas Reception

    Thursday, December 6
    City Club of Washington – 4-7pm


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  • American Public Transport Association Christmas reception

    Thursday, December 6
    Rayburn Building, room B-354 – 5:30-7:30pm


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  • ACI-NA Christmas reception

    Thursday, December 6
    Mayflower Hotel – 6:30-8:30pm


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  • 'Rednecks and Turtlenecks' Christmas bar bash

    Thursday, December 6
    The 201 Bar – 6:30-8:30pm


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  • CEPR's Christmas party

    Thursday, December 6
    Public Citizen – 5:30-7:30pm


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  • CSX/NS Christmas reception

    Thursday, December 6
    Union Station – 5:30-8:30pm
    Train tracks 7 & 8


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  • CATO Institute Christmas Party

    Thursday, December 6
    6-9pm


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  • OKSS Christmas party

    Thursday, December 6
    Tuscana West – 6-8pm


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  • Czech Embassy hosts a "Celebration of Czech Christmas"

    Thursday, December 6
    Embassy of the Czech Republic – 6:30pm
    Note: RSVP to czech_events@yahoo.com


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  • Wingate Hughes Architects Christmas reception

    Thursday, December 6
    Motion Picture Association of America – 7pm-11pm
    RSVP to redcarpet@wingatehughes.com


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  • ESA Christmas Party

    Thursday, December 6
    Rock & Roll Hotel – 7-10pm


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  • Annual Santa Soiree

    Saturday, December 8
    City Tavern Club in Georgetown – 9pm-Midnight


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  • Taping of TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” concert

    Sunday, December 9
    National Building Museum – 6pm
    The show includes performances by ‘Gangnam Style’ singer PSY; Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Chris Mann, Megan Hilty and Scotty McCreery. Conan O’Brien hosts. The show airs on TNT on Dec. 21. The Obamas are expected to attend.


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  • US Energy Association Christmas Reception

    Monday, December 10
    Reagan Building, Polaris Suite – Level C – 4-6:30pm
    RSVP by December 5th to Kim Grover at reply@usea.org 202-312-1230 or register here.


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  • AAMC Christmas Reception

    Monday, December 10
    Willard Hotel – 5:30-8:30pm


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  • Taste of States Christmas reception

    Tuesday, December 11
    Holiday Inn Capitol – 4:30-7:30pm
    RSVP by Dec. 7 to 202-406-3698


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  • Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchises Christmas reception

    Tuesday, December 11
    Cannon Caucus Room – 5:30-7:30pm
    RSVP TO rsvp@polariswdc.com
    **Bring a toy for Toys for Tots**


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  • Innovation Federal Strategies Christmas reception

    Tuesday, December 11
    Tortilla Coast – 5:30-8:30pm
    RSVP to officemanager@innofed.com or 202-347-5990


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  • National Association of Broadcasters 'Celebrate the Season' reception

    Tuesday, December 11
    6-8pm


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  • Idaho State Society Christmas reception

    Tuesday, December 11
    Capitol Hill Club – 6-9pm
    Free potatoes!
    www.idahostatesociety.org


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  • Hot 99.5 radio hosts "Jingle Ball 2012"

    Tuesday, December 11
    Patriot Center – 7pm
    Featuring performances by Justin Bieber, PSY, Enrique Iglesias, Ke$ha, Flo Rida, Ed Sheeran, Austin Mahone and Cher Lloyd.


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  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Christmas reception

    Wednesday, December 12
    Sonoma – 5:30pm-8:30pm
    RSVP to Rebecca.Hill@nreca.coop


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  • Nuclear Energy Institute Christmas Charity reception

    Wednesday, December 12
    Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse – 5:30pm-8:30pm
    RSVP to by Dec. 7 to nws@nei.org or 202-739-8066
    **Bring a toy for ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign**


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  • Washington Network Group networking reception

    Wednesday, December 12
    Lima Restaurant & Lounge – 6pm-9pm
    Business casual. Cash bar. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres


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  • Microsoft Christmas Open House

    Wednesday, December 12
    Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center – 6pm-9pm
    Play the new Xbox 360/Kinect games


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  • Maryland China Business Council annual Christmas party

    Wednesday, December 12
    The Goodwin residence – 6:30pm-???
    Tickets are steep: members/their guests: $40. nonmembers: $50


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  • 5th annual 'I'll Have a Very Boozy Christmas With ...or Without You' bash

    Thursday, December 13
    U Street Productions – 9pm-2am
    with DJ Golden Stream of Coolio
    RSVP for venue to DCPartygoer@aol.com


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  • The granddaddy of 'em all, the US Chamber of Commerce hosts "A Century of Holiday Spirit" Christmas party

    Thursday, December 13
    6pm-8:30pm


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  • California State Society

    Thursday, December 13
    Cannon Caucus Room – 5:30pm-7:30pm
    RSVP by Dec. 7 to rsvp@californiastatesociety.com


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  • Georgia Beverage Association (along with the bev associations of Ala., NC, SC and Tenn.) hosts a Christmas reception

    Thursday December 13
    The 201 Bar – 5:30pm-8:30pm
    RSVP to kperry@georgiabev.org or 404-653-0477


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  • Georgia Power Congressional Christmas Reception

    Thursday, December 13
    The Capitol Visitor’s Center, HVC-201 – 5:30pm-7:30pm


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