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A December Eating Guide

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Barnaise will offer a New Years Eve special.

Got a firm ho-ho-hold on your holiday dining plans for the remainder of the year?

If not, feast your eyes on this buffet of festive happenings from the establishments that are planning ahead for the month.

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Good Stuff Eatery

The signature peppermint shake is back this month. The seasonal treat made from homemade custard spiked with melted peppermint candies is available in a mini moo serving ($3.95) or regular size ($5.45).

Multiple area locations; goodstuffeatery.com

Aria Pizzeria & Bar

The restaurant hosts Winternational, a celebration of global holiday traditions, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The free event is scheduled to include a gingerbread cookie decorating station, complimentary baked goods, hot cocoa and apple cider, cultural exhibits and stage performances.

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-312-1250; ariapizzeria.com

Hill Center

Washington Post Food section contributors Bonnie Benwick, Stephanie Witt Sedgwick and Jane Touzalin will lead a holiday cookie-making class ($65) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Participants will take a crack at producing fennel macaroons with fresh mint ganache, glazed pain depices cookies and pear gingerbread smores. Tickets available at instantseats.com.

921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-549-4172; hillcenterdc.org

201 Bar

The Washington State Society hosts its annual holiday reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. The low-key invite promises wine, beer and appetizers. Free for WSS members, $10 for newcomers.

201 Massachusetts Ave. NE; 202-544-5201; 201bar.com

RIS

Award-winning pastry chef Beverly Bates will lead a gingerbread house workshop for charity on Dec. 14. Those interested in the all-ages tutorial (noon-2 p.m.) are encouraged to make a donation ($20 suggested per adult, $10 per children) to benefit DC Central Kitchen. Attendees will be privy to Bates specialty sweets, as well as seasonal drinks including applejack rum-spiked cider and house-made ginger beer. Contact Leah Cheston (leah@risDC.com) for reservations.

2275 L St. NW; 202-730-2500; risDC.com

RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro

The pizza chainlet has tapped Flying Dog Brewery (think: Orchard Ale and Cinnamon Porter) as the pain-duller of choice for its Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Show up in your most tragicomic holiday gear for a shot at Flying Dog swag and additional prizes. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.

2501 Ninth Road South, Arlington, Va.; 703-920-0706; redrocksdc.com

New Years Eve

Bar Pilar

Pilar is throwing a rockabilly rager (no cover charge) featuring 50s music, dancing and specialty cocktails. An a la carte dinner menu is available beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended.

1833 14th St. NW; 202-265-1751; barpilar.com

Barnaise

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