12 Days of Christmas… Activities in DC!

Washington, DC is a great place to be year round, but we’ve come up with 12 fun activities the city has to offer for the holiday season!

  1. Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony – The annual Wreaths across America event is on Saturday, December 12th. If you’ve never been to the cemetery, this is a great first trip. Insiders Tip: This is a very popular event and metro stops will be very crowded, arrive early!arlington wreath
  2. Stroll around the vendors at the Downtown Holiday Market! This unique village has all you could want: shopping, entertainment and food. The market will be open daily from noon-8pm through December 23rd.
  3. The fan-favorite Trans-Siberian Orchestra is performing at the Verizon Center tomorrow, December 10th. Tickets are still available for this fun holiday concert.
  4. Georgetown GLOW – Head to the popular neighborhood to get a glimpse of the light-art exhibits taking over the festive streets in Georgetown. The exhibits start December 11th and will be up until the 20th.
  5. white houseCheck out DC’s TWO famous Christmas trees: the National Christmas Tree, located at The Ellipse near the White House, and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, located on the West Front Lawn. There are nightly musical performances at the National Christmas Tree.
  6. Every Tuesday and Thursday in December, the U.S. Botanic Garden hosts Season’s Greenings! You can escape the chilly weather while exploring various DC landmarks made from plants, oversized flowers and one of the largest indoor Christmas trees in the city.
  7. Although outside the DC city limits, the National Harbor has plenty of festive activities throughout the holiday season. “ICE!” an indoor winter wonderland with ice sculptures, slides and other attractions are popular with people of all ages. You also can’t beat the view from Capital Wheel!
  8. Enjoy entertainment, shopping, treats and lots of lights at ZooLights. A light show set to music has been added this year. Visit the National Zoo anytime through January 2nd from 5-9pm; admission is free!
  9. Washington National Cathedral has a number of upcoming concerts and performances to celebrate the season of Christmas.
  10. Venture to the home of George Washington for Christmas at Mount Vernon. The opportunities are endless at the estate – you can watch a historic chocolate-making demonstration, meet the resident camel or take a candlelight tour of the mansion.mt v
  11. Is Christmas complete without seeing The Nutcracker? Lucky for you, The Washington Ballet is performing this holiday classic until December 27th.
  12. There are a number of ice skating rinks in the DC area, but the two most popular are the Sculpture Garden Ice Rink and the Washington Harbour Ice Rink. Both outdoor rinks offer special rates on certain days, skating lessons and fun weekly events!

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