7 Holiday Events in Washington, D.C.

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The nation’s capital celebrates the holiday season unlike any other city in the United States. Washington, D.C offers a unique assortment of events for its residents and travelers, making it a must see destination for the holidays. If you live in or near Washington, D.C., or just visiting, check out these can’t-miss activities and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Last Minute Gifts and Holiday Celebrations

Washington Square lies in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Central Business District. This contemporary space is ideal for visitors wanting a lively community with great shops and being within walking distance of Washington’s biggest attractions. Washington Square is home to great shops and restaurants like Victoria’s Secret, Art of Shaving, Men’s Wearhouse and Morton’s Steakhouse! Don’t miss out on the excitement and see what Washington Square can offer you!

The National Christmas Tree

New York City’s Rockefeller Center isn’t the country’s only location that illuminates a colossal Christmas tree every year. Thousands of tourists gather near the White House and frequent its tree every year. The National Christmas Tree’s lights are always an image of beauty, making this 100-year old American tradition is a must see during the holiday season.

ZooLights at the National Zoo

ZooLights is an exclusive event during the holidays and everyone is invited! Every year the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. lights up the entire property under the night sky. This event allows you to experience all of your favorite zoo attractions but with a wintertime twist. Visitors can walk throughout the celebration, find their favorite exhibits, enjoy holiday treats, and see the colorful decorations and animal sculptures set up for the season. Visit with the family or bring along that special someone for a night filled with animals and holiday fun!

Bull Run Festival of Lights

The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without extravagant light shows. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is 2.5 miles of decorations and displays like you’ve never seen before! Follow the illuminated cheer and end your journey at the warm winter village! This one-of-a-kind drive is a fundamental holiday event for the local Washington, D.C. area.

Washington National Cathedral Tour

The Washington National Cathedral is one of the city’s most elaborate structures.

The easily recognizable landmark is filled with rich history and some surprisingly little-known supernatural occurrences. The cathedral has a lot of secrets and it’s time to uncover them! Tourists and local Washington, D.C. residents can take part on this tour to learn all about this beautiful building and the peculiar hauntings within the walls.

Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! 2017

The Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor puts on a winter event made entirely of ice. Over 2 million pounds of ice are brought in to create ice slides, sculptures and holiday fun! These 5,000 blocks of solid ice are masterfully sculpted to fit the theme of each year’s exhibit. 2017’s ICE! is the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Water-Skiing Santa

Yes, you read that right. This annual holiday tradition takes place on the Potomac River and has been a fan-favorite since 1986. Experience jolly St. Nick zoom across the water along with flying elves, frosty the snowman and the Jet-skiing Grinch. Water-Skiing Santa is an unusual thing to see on your Christmas Eve, but you won’t be able to see this spectacle anywhere else!

Washington Nationals Winterfest

The Washington Nationals major league baseball team hosts an annual holiday event at the Washington Convention Center. Winterfest is a fundraiser for the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, focusing on schooling, nutrition and sports initiatives for children in the Washington, D.C. area. The celebration will include many activities like batting cages and Q&A sessions with your favorite players and coaches. Baseball doesn’t have to end at the World Series. Extend the season into the winter this holiday season!

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