There are 25more days left in December and no shortage of ways to celebrate. Virginia and DC really bring it when it comes to Christmas Markets, Lights, and Decorations and knowing what to do can sometimes be overwhelming. Fear not friends, Brittany from ThreeBirdsNest and I compiled a fun list of Holiday events just for you. Most of the events are free and won’t break the bank. So get out a pen and paper and then literally get out on the town. You and your family will have fun and at the very least you will get a legit instagram or two!
Georgetown Glow (DC) // Dec 2- January 1 Visit Georgetown nightly from 6-10pm all lit up. For just the third year in a row you can walk threw 11 different lighting installations outside. Made for both adults and kids each exhibit is something you can experience. While most of them are down by the canal and water front be sure to check out the website HERE for all their locations and get a sneak peak of what to expect.
Family Joy Concert (DC) // Dec 10 @ 12pm Held at The Washington National Cathedral you and your family can get into the Christmas Spirit by attending a Christmas Concert in one of the most iconic buildings in DC. This one hour performance of Carols is truly a family affair by having kid sing alongs (here’s to not having to hush your little one during a concert)! Visit their website HERE for more information and about purchasing tickets.
Visit the National Christmas Tree (DC) // December 1-31 In Presidents Park just outside the White House is the National Christmas Tree as well as a smaller tree representing each state and US territory. Visiting the tree and walking the Pathway of Peace is something we enjoy every year. We always like to pick our favorite and see each states theme. I highly suggest going and know that it is both Free and not a long activity maybe 30mins or so. The park is open 10am-10pm but the lights turn on roughly around 4:30pm and turn off at 10pm. It is definitely a must do with the whole family. For additional info click here.
Zoo Lights (DC) // Nov 25-Jan 1 Another Free event in the city every night from 5-9pm, Zoo lights is a must do. While walking through the beautifully lit zoo you can sip on a beer, hot coco, or cider (both virgin or booze). This is a pri. To keep warm you can walk inside some of the buildings and buy hot coco, donuts, and kettle corn. This is a great group activity that people rave about. Click HERE for more info.
Downtown Outdoor Christmas Market (DC) // Nov 25-Dec 23 12-8pm Find unique gifts, food, and other finds at DC’s 12th annual Outdoor Christmas Market. I have been every year and it feels like you have been transplanted to Germany at Christmas time. Visit the Downtown Holiday Market website for more info.
Christmas at Mount Vernon (VA) // November 25th – January 6th: Interested in seeing what Christmas looked like in the 1700s? Check out Christmas at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is a beautiful place all year long, but with the addition of garlands, wreaths, and other holiday decor, it is hard not to consider this one of the best “winter wonderlands” around. $15 for adults, $7 for children, and free for children under the age of 5. For more information click here.
Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights (VA)// November 18th – January 8th: From 5:30-10:30 pm $8-13 per person // Enjoy a nature walk under festive lights. This walk is great for families and couples alike. With various light displays to put you in a festive holiday mood, this event is a must-see. In addition to the lights display, there are light refreshments and a “Snowflake Shoppe”. For more information and ticket purchases click here.
Bull Run Festival of Lights (VA)// November 23rd – January 8th: From 5:30-9:30 p (10 on weekends) // If walking through a display of lights may be too much, check out the Bull Run Festival of Lights. This light display is a 2.5 mile drive through various winter wonderland and holiday themed scenes. Grab a thermos of hot chocolate, tune to your favorite Christmas channel and enjoy the holiday spirit. For more information click here.
Ongoing: Saturday mornings at the National Theatre 9:30 am & 11am // The National Theatre hosts a series of FREE performances for children. They suggest that these performances are geared more towards 4-10 year olds, but that is just a suggestion. If you are interested in attending one of their free events, tickets go on “sale” at 10am the Friday of the week before the event. Performances this season include: “Music Around the World” and “The Nutcracker”. For more information click here.
Miracle on 7th Street aka The Christmas Bar (DC) // November 25th – January 1st DATE NIGHT idea – Book your babysitter and head out on the city for over the top merriment. Three bars have teamed up and decked their halls with holiday decor. They have even created a drink menu full of holiday themed beverages, some of which are named after popular lines from holiday movies and shows. Due to popularity, you may want to try and get in line before it opens so that you too can be jolly with other hipsters and millennials. For more information click here.
Holiday Model Train Display (DC) // Nov 25 – Jan1: The Norwegian Giant Model Train exhibit will be on display in the West Hall at Union Station and great for all your kids that are “Thomas the Train enthusiasts.” Union Station has recently been renovated and adorned with large gold and white ceilings and some really extravagant Christmas decorations. It’s a great indoor activity to stay warm, shop, and grab a quick lunch.
Culinary Kids: Holiday Treats for Kids (DC) // Dec 17th 1-3pm For those of you with kids that are between 9 and 12 years old you should absolutely consider this amazing kid class. At the Old Naval Hospital on Capitol Hill your kids will learn how to prepare Linzer Cookies, Cinnamon Biscotti, Peppermint Bark, Caramel Corn. Sounds amazing! You do need to reserve your spot and pay in advance so be sure to visit their website at the Hill Center DC.
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Have an event of must do tradition you don’t see on our list? Be sure to leave a comment below and we would love to add it.