Celebrate the Holidays in Washington, D.C.


Washington, D.C. is a great place to vacation, but it is extra special during the holidays. Here is our list of not-to-be-missed things to do during the holiday season.

Downtown Holiday Market

Downtown Holiday Market

Downtown Holiday Market

Celebrating their thirteenth year, the Downtown Holiday Market brings a festive and unique shopping village to Downtown D.C. With more than 150 artisans, crafters and boutique businesses, you are sure to find a gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. http://downtownholidaymarket.com/

Water Skiing Santa

Did you know that Santa can water ski? Round up your family and head on down to the Potomac River on Christmas Eve to watch Santa and his crew put on a show for everyone! http://www.waterskiingsanta.com/home.html

Lights of D.C.

National Christmas Tree

National Christmas Tree

If you and your family are wanting to check out holiday lights around D.C., your first stop needs to be at the National Christmas Tree. Every December, the White House illuminates a larger-than-life Christmas tree in President’s Park that features more than 75,000 lights. http://thenationaltree.org/

After visiting the National Christmas Tree, put on your walking shoes to venture into winter wonderland at the magical Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Don’t worry about the cold weather because after your walk, you can warm up by the fire while roasting marshmallows.

Finally, you can finish off your tour of holiday lights at the Smithsonian National Zoo for ZooLights. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty treats, holiday shopping and more than 500,000 festive lights. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights

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