5 D.C.-Area Holiday Celebrations to Get You in the Spirit of the Season

Seasonal Holiday Celebrations

From Northern Virginia to Annapolis, there is a full host of exciting holiday events in and around the Nation’s capital to enjoy with friends and family. Find one close to you and get into the spirit of the season.

For the Capital Experience:

The 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Washington, D.C. | November 28

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony draws thousands from across the country to see the massive Christmas tree raised outside the White House come alive with the spirit of the season. And although the opening ceremony is tonight, it’s only the start of three weeks of celebration and holiday music in the nation’s capital. The full schedule with be announced soon, so be sure to check in on the official website to plan your visit.

For a “Wild” Holiday Light Show:

Washington, D.C.  | Now – January 1

Visit the National Zoo after hours for a one-of-a-kind holiday light show. This popular annual event lights up the National Zoo with more than 500,000 festive holiday lights. Wish your favorite zoo animals happy holidays and enjoy a trackless holiday train tour of the zoo, live music, animated light displays, seasonal treats and much more! Admission is free.

For Historic, Small-Town Holiday Charm:

Leesburg’s Annual Christmas and Holiday Parade
Leesburg, VA  | December 8

Join Santa and his friends on King Street and take part in their journey through historic Leesburg. Stop in and warm up at the many shops and acclaimed restaurants along the way as your family enjoys all the magic of the holidays in one of Northern Virginia’s most charming towns.

For a Holiday Light Show on the Water:

Sandy Point State Park’s Lights on the Bay
Annapolis, MD  | Now – January 1

Grab family and friends and pile in the car for a trip out to the water’s edge. Arriving at Sandy Point State Park, enjoy a two-mile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay and take in unique holiday light displays that speak to the history and culture of Annapolis along with much-beloved holiday classics. Admission is $15 per car.

For a New Look at a Holiday Classic:

ICE!® Featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas
National Harbor, MD  | Now – January 1

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center’s signature holiday attraction is an indoor winter wonderland featuring over two million pounds of ice sculptures and displays. Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the meaning of Christmas as the beloved story unfolds through hand-carved ice sculptures. It also features four two-story-tall ice slides and a full ice sculpture nativity scene.


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