The Nation’s Capitol always has a lot of different things going on and Christmas time is no exception. Here are some things to do that you might want to add to your holiday activity calendar.
All the events included in this post are in the Washington DC Area, including Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Things to do in the DC Area this Christmas
Visit the National Christmas Tree
The National Christmas tree Lighting is typically the at the beginning of December and you can visit the tree until the end of December.
ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort
ICE is a holiday attraction at the Gaylord National Resort each year. ICE! features a winter wonderland created out of Ice hand – sculpted by intentional artisans.
Six Flags America
Enjoy Holiday in the park at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD each weekend November 19, 2016 – January 2,2017.
Winter Festival of Lights
The Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park (The Wizard of Oz Park) cost $5 per car and runs from November 25,2016 – January 1,2017. The festival is free on December 25!
Annapolis Christmas Lights Boat Parade
The boat parade will be on December 10,2016 from 6 – 8pm in Annapolis.
Manassas Christmas Parade
Saturday December 3,2016 at 10am in Old Town Manassas, Virginia you can see the Manassas Christmas Parade.
Festival of Lights at the Washington DC Temple
From December 3,2016 – January 3,2016 the LDS Temple grounds will shine with more than 450,000 Christmas Lights. The lights will be on from Dusk to 10pm. A Nativity scene is open from 6 – 9pm and live musical performances begin at 7 and 8pm each evening. All events are FREE.
Arlington National Cemetery’s Wreaths Across America
On December 17,2016 help place Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. The opening Ceremony will be at 9:30 am with the wreath laying starting at 10. The theme for 2016 is #SayTheirNames, with the reminder that “when you place the wreath, you may be the first person to visit that particular grave in year”, so take time to read the stone and honor the memory of that hero.
ZooLights is Free with no tickets required. There is a fee for parking and parking is limited. The Zoo will have thousands of lights. Holiday treats will be available for purchase. ZooLights will be from November 25,2016 – January 1,2017. The Zoo will be closed December 24,25 and 31.
Water Skiing Santa
On December 24,2016, you can see a water skiing Santa in Alexandria, Virginia. What started out as punishment for a lost bet in 1986 has turned into a yearly tradition.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
There are tons of Holiday activities and events at Mount Vernon including; touring the mansion, watching historic chocolate making demonstrations, meeting a camel and even learning to make a wreath.
Downtown DC Holiday Market
The Downtown DC Holiday Market runs from November 25 – December 23, 2016. It is an outdoor market that includes local food and live musical entertainment.
Bull Run Christmas Lights
This 2.5 Mile Drive through holiday light show at the Bull Run Regional Park has tons of lights as well as a Wonderland Holiday Village.
Visit the National Cathedral
The Washington National Cathedral has events throughout the Holiday season including Handel’s Messiah, Tours, Carols and more.
Tour the White House
The White House can be toured year-round, to get tickets for a tour you must request them from your member of congress. tickets can be requested up to three months in advance but no less than 21 days in advance.