Tuesday, 05, December 2023

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Our Festive Guide to Celebrating the Holidays in Washington, DC

Unwrap the magic of the season with these must-do activities this December

In the heart of Washington, DC, the holiday season offers an array of enchanting activities that cater to every festive whim. From the iconic decorations adorning The White House to the captivating glow of city lights illuminating historic landmarks, and the heartwarming holiday tales narrated at some of the city’s most prestigious theaters, the nation’s capital sets the perfect stage for celebrating the season.

To immerse you in the holiday spirit, we share some of our favorite experiences that are sure to brighten your season and create enduring memories.

The White House’s Iconic Decorations


View The White House’s Iconic Decorations

Witness the exquisite decorations adorning The White House, creating a magical atmosphere that captures the essence of the holiday season. To join this unforgettable experience, secure your tickets by reaching out to your representative or Senator.

Christmas tree with lights


Immerse in the Festive Glow

Take in the festive lights at various locations around town, starting at The Ellipse to view the National Christmas Tree and the National Menorah. Don't miss the captivating lights at The U.S. Capitol building and experience the enchanting atmosphere of Enchant Christmas DC at National's Park — the capital's largest illuminated winter wonderland, creating a magical experience like no other in Washington, DC.


Experience Timeless Holiday Classics at Our Iconic Theatres

Choose from a selection of timeless holiday classics at iconic theaters. Enjoy A Christmas Carol at the historic Ford's Theatre, be enthralled by The Washington Ballet's captivating rendition of The Nutcracker at the elegant Warner Theatre, or immerse yourself in the majestic sounds of Handel's Messiah at the globally acclaimed Kennedy Center. Revel in the rich tapestry of holiday classics as theaters burst to life with seasonal grandeur, promising an unforgettable experience for all.


Botanic Garden

Explore Season’s Greetings at the United States Botanic Garden

Explore the wonders of the United States Botanic Garden and immerse yourself in its festive holiday exhibit. The captivating display showcases iconic G-gauge model trains, with one prominently featured in their enchanting outdoor garden, adding a delightful touch that brings the spirit of the season to life.

People ice Skating


Glide into the Holidays with an Ice Skating Extravaganza

Experience the joy of ice skating at three popular locations: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington Harbour Ice Rink in Georgetown, and The Wharf's ice rink.



Shop Unique Gifts at the Downtown Holiday Market

Get your holiday shopping done at the Downtown Holiday Market, located at 8th and F, from noon to 8 p.m., featuring over 70 vendors offering unique gifts and festive treats.



Enjoy Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas at Mount Vernon, complete with enchanting illuminations and a breathtaking fireworks display.

Zoo Lights

Stroll Through the Captivating Zoo Lights at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Take a magical stroll through captivating Zoo Lights at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo—an experience for visitors of all ages.

Old Town Alexandria


Discover the Holiday Magic of Old Town Alexandria

Immerse yourself in the quaint charm of historic Old Town Alexandria—a neighborhood that radiates the festive allure of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Explore local boutiques, savor offerings from charming restaurants, and don't miss the iconic Christmas market and holiday craft show on December 9.

Holiday Carols by the Gay Men’s Chorus


Harmonize with Holiday Carols by the Gay Men’s Chorus

Listen to heartwarming holiday carols performed by the Gay Men’s Chorus during their popular annual holiday show on December 9.

Wreath-Laying at Arlington National Cemetery

Lay a Holiday Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

Join hundreds of locals on December 17 at 8 am for Wreaths Across America, a beloved and meaningful holiday tradition, to help lay holiday wreaths on the tombstones of military service men and women at Arlington National Cemetery.

Plan your Perfect Holiday Getaway

Reserve our  Weekend in Washington offer and enjoy a 25% discount on our best available rate. Reserve now to enjoy a 25% discount on our best available rate. Plus, indulge in a $100 food and beverage credit to use at Doyle Bar and The Pembroke, our Michelin recommended restaurant. As a special bonus, relish a complimentary room upgrade and benefit from late checkout, subject to availability. Make your festive escape to Washington, DC truly unforgettable.