Tuesday, 23, January 2024

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Our Guide to Winter in Washington

10 Things You Can’t Miss in the District this Season

Planning a winter getaway to Washington, DC? Known for its cutting-edge culinary offerings, iconic museums, and rich historical significance, Washington, DC stands as a highly regarded travel destination. While the city offers exciting attractions year-round, the winter months provide a distinct appeal. Check out our guide highlighting 10 things to do in Washington, DC this winter:


Chinese New Year

Ring in the Chinese New Year

Immerse yourself in the DC Chinese Lunar New Year Parade on February 11th at 2pm. Watch as the streets of Chinatown come alive with cultural and community performers, leading up to a stunning firecracker show on H Street. Arrive early to savor local eateries and secure your curb-side spot for an unforgettable celebration of the year of the dragon. Don't miss the dynamic parade, traditional performances, and the vibrant spirit of the community. Additional Chinese New Year programming can be found at the National Museum of Asian Art and the Kennedy Center.

Ice Skating

Lace Up Your Ice Skates

Embrace winter magic in Washington DC by lacing up your ice skates at some of the city's enchanting rinks. Glide across the ice at the National Gallery of Art, where the Sculpture Garden transforms into a picturesque skating haven. For a waterfront skating experience, head to historic Georgetown and revel in the festive atmosphere of one of DC’s most charming neighborhoods. Another waterfront rink awaits you on the Wharf, where the thrill of skating blends with the vibrant energy of the Wharf's surroundings for a lively experience.


Tregaron Conservancy

Explore Tregaron Conservancy

Discover tranquility and natural beauty as you explore this hidden gem in the heart of the city. Tregaron Conservancy offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle, featuring 13 acres of lush gardens, meadows, and woodlands. The historic setting, with its lily pond and trails, provides a perfect backdrop for a peaceful winter walk or a moment of quiet reflection.


Eastern Market

Eat Your Way Through an Indoor Food Market

Embark on a delicious adventure and eat your way through Washington’s vibrant food markets. Visit Union Market, where a diverse array of vendors awaits, offering everything from international flavors to local goods. While you’re there, be sure to visit La Cosecha, a 20,000 square-foot contemporary marketplace that brings together fashion, home goods, restaurants, and bars from Latin American businesses. For a more traditional market experience, head to Eastern Market, a historic gem brimming with local charm in Capitol Hill. Explore the fresh produce stands, artisanal goods, and delicious snacks.


Indulge in S’mores on The Wharf

Savor a cozy winter evening on The Wharf by roasting s'mores at 'Camp Wharf.' Located along the waterfront, this delightful experience awaits at a vintage Airstream trailer with a wood-burning fire. Everything you need for the perfect s'more – marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and roasting sticks – is provided. As you enjoy this sweet treat, consider making a difference by donating to WAFF, the Washington Area Fuel Fund. Your contribution helps DC residents in need heat their homes during the winter.

Capitals Game

Catch a Washington Capitals Game

Head to Capital One Arena to immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of an NHL event. Whether you're a devoted fan or just looking for an entertaining outing, a Capitals game promises an exhilarating time. Bundle up, grab your favorite snacks, and join the spirited crowd for a memorable winter sports experience in the heart of the nation's capital.

Doyle Bar

Enjoy a Winter Warmer at Doyle Bar

Cozy up for a winter cocktail in The Dupont Circle Hotel’s  Doyle Bar. Enjoy the warm, sophisticated interiors curated by the world-renowned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio as you sip one of our seasonal specialties, like the Cozy Celtic Cider, and take in the sweeping views of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Doyle is the perfect spot for a quick afternoon break or relaxing evening. 

Auto Show

Browse the Washington Auto Show

Explore the intersection of innovation and entertainment at the Washington, D.C. Auto Show – the largest public show in the nation’s capital. Venture to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from January 19-28 for a captivating experience. Marvel at the engineering prowess showcased by industry manufacturers, featuring an array of new models. Take advantage of VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers, adding a layer of expertise to your exploration. Don't miss the special exhibit area dedicated to the live painting of "art" cars, adding a creative twist to the automotive showcase.


Discover the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Following recent renovations, the National Museum of Women in the Arts invites you to delve into the diverse world of women's contributions to the arts. Admire paintings, sculptures, and exhibits that showcase the creativity and talent of female artists throughout history. The reopened museum promises a captivating experience, offering inspiration and a renewed appreciation for the remarkable impact of women in the art world.

MLK Memorial

Celebrate Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month in Washington DC by immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the city. Explore the historic Shaw neighborhood, once home to Duke Ellington, and visit the iconic Howard Theatre’s Walk of Fame. Continue your exploration at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park. Marvel at the impressive 30-foot statue of Dr. King as you reflect on the profound impact of his legacy. If February weather steers you indoors, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a landmark institution featuring comprehensive exhibits highlighting the contributions of Black indviduals to the cultural fabric of our nation. Alternatively, visit the National Portrait Gallery, where striking portraits of influential Black women such as Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey share the captivating stories behind these trailblazers. Additionally, enjoy a new exhibition dedicated to the life of Frederick Douglass.

Plan Your Winter Escape to DC Today

From culinary delights to unforgettable activities, the United States’ beloved capital city has something for everyone. Planning a trip? Reserve our Weekend in Washington offer and enjoy 25% savings on our best available rate, as well as a $75 food & beverage credit.