If you're anything like us, we'll be heading for the couch and the remote after our Thanksgiving feasts. But if you're not a football fan, then by all means, skip the traditional football-watching and leftover-turkey-sandwich-eating festivities and head on over to the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW) where you can dance off your second helping of stuffing and that piece of pecan pie. The District's most famous entertaining couple, Chou Chou and Doc Scantlin, and their group of Gottaswing dancers will teach you how to swing dance, and it doesn't cost a thing!

Swing lessons start at 5 p.m., and when you're danced out, you can sit back and watch Doc Scantlin's Palmettos dance the night away. You probably won't see us at this one due to our comatose states, but we definitely recommend it.


They say you can't break out the Christmas music and the festive decorations until the day after Thanksgiving, but who really follows that rule anyway? TV commercials and the malls sure haven't! We think Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit, so tune in to Pandora's Bing Crosby Christmas channel (if you haven't already) and take a trip over to the U.S. Botanic Garden for its annual holiday exhibit, "Season's Greenings." The conservatory will be decked out with wreaths, garlands and really cool living ornaments. You'll also see model trains running through an imaginative Enchanted Forest and the largest indoor Christmas tree you've ever seen. After pondering how they actually got the tree into the building, take a stroll over to the Garden Court for a beautiful display of model landmark buildings made entirely of trees.