Many restaurants are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but several top chefs are making an exception for those of you looking for a stress-free, home-cooked meal that will impress your holiday guests. Executive chef Sebastien Archambault and chef de cuisine John Melfi over at the exceptional Blue Duck Tavern (201 24th St. NW) will be offering a three-course brunch on Christmas Day with special holiday entrees. Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca (1100 New York Ave. NW), hailed as one of the "Best New Restaurants in America" by Esquire magazine, is cooking up a traditional Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and at French oasis Bistro Vivant (1394 Chain Bridge Road, McLean) guests can enjoy a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu showcasing muscovy duck and lamb chops.

Check out their websites to get more information on menu items and times.


Restaurants and clubs around D.C. host some of the hottest parties on New Year's Eve. But what about Christmas Eve? Here at Spotlight, we've scoured the calendar and have found two parties that just might rival your New Year's plans. Head over to the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) for Falafel Frenzy, a fun dance party with top area DJs and holiday drink specials starting at 9 p.m. While the entry free is $30, all proceeds will go toward fighting hunger in the city, plus breast cancer research and treatment programs at Hadassah hospitals.

Another option: hit up D.C.'s 26th annual MatzoBall at Ultra Bar (911 F St. NW). Dance the night away with other young professionals, and who knows? Maybe you'll make a lasting friendship while you're at it.

The cost is $30, and we suggest you dress to impress.