Top 10 Activities in DC this Holiday Season!

We live in an amazing area with so much to do! It’s easy to stay busy and miss out on the fun, but we encourage you to take a step back and make some memories this holiday season.

Here’s a list of what we’re looking forward too!

1. The National Christmas Tree is lit (not that kind) and you can view it between the hours of 4:30pm and 10:00pm on the Ellipse. It is surrounded by the Pathway to Peace, trees from the 56 US states and territories. They are decorated with handmade ornaments and it is a treat to see!

2. Ice skating is a fun winter activity, and although it doesn’t feel like winter yet, there are several locations to enjoy the opportunity. At the Sculpture Garden on the National Mall, Canal Park and Pentagon Row, you can enjoy ice skating well into the new year!

3. The National Menorah Lighting takes place December 12th, at 4pm. Tickets for the event are free, but are required. There is live music, hot latkes and donuts, dreidel kits, and fun for the whole family!

4. One of Lois’ favorite things about the holidays is Handel’s Messiah. Her mom used to play this at top volume during the Christmas season. A few years ago, Lois, her sisters, and some friends got to share this experience at the Kennedy Center and had a hard time not singing along. If you love Handel’s Messiah, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

5. The Zoo Lights event lasts from November 24th through January 1, closed December 24th-25th and 31st. A trackless train, snow-less tubing, and a carousel are just some of the things to do. Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy the zoo?

6. The National Harbor ICE event takes you to a winter wonderland of fun! Depictions of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Nativity, and ice slides are just a few of the things to enjoy!

7. Along with exploring the plant life at the Botanical Gardens, you can view the model train exhibit, which is highlighting popular roadside attractions from across the U.S. On some Tuesdays and Thursdays during December, there will be live concerts held in the Conservatory between 6pm-8pm.

8. Besides the amazing shops and restaurants at the District Wharf, there are events like a Nog Fest and Christmas Caroling, where you may catch a glimpse of Santa. The Hanukkah celebration has music, s’mores, and crafts for kids! Sounds like a festive time!

9. If you’re looking for some unique gifts for those on your list, check out the Downtown Holiday Market. Located in front of the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery in NW DC, this market runs until December 23rd and you can shop from noon till 8pm. There’s live entertainment, snacks, and lot’s more to enjoy!

10. The Holiday Poinsettia Display at the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore will transport you to the magical world of Narnia. Open Wednesday – Sundays from 10am-4pm this show runs till December 31st. If you find a favorite color of poinsettia, it may be available for purchase at the show! Don’t miss out on this colorful display!


We hope you get out and enjoy the local sights and activities this year!

Happy Holidays!




Authored by : Lois Perks

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