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  • The National Christmas Tree Lighting

    Ring in the holiday season with an annual White House tradition that attracts tourists from around the globe at the National Tree Lighting ceremony. Hear military bands play carols and listen to top entertainers sing Christmas classics as the giant tree lights up the winter night and kicks off the DC festive season.
  • See the Nutcracker

    A holiday tradition across the world, this Christmas fairy tale brings music, dance, and holiday cheer together in one unforgettable show. Visit The Kennedy Center to see most spectacular version, but other local productions still heat up the stage. Check out shows at the Warner Theatre by the Washington Ballet and the Center for Ballet Arts in Alexandria.
  • Holiday Concerts-Trans Siberian Orchestra

    Bring some electricity to the holidays this year by checking out an unforgettable concert filled with joy and cheer like the Trans Siberian Orchestra that comes to the Verizon Center on December 17th. This is sure to be the hottest concert of the season in Washington, DC, so get your tickets today!
  • Old Town Candlelight Tours

    Step back in time as you stroll the quaint streets of Alexandria for a tour of historic Virginia landmarks led by guides in period costume. Sing seasonal carols from the olden days and sip hot cider as you marvel at beautiful decorations that capture the spirit of Old Town.
  • Christmas at Mount Vernon

    Get ready for an unforgettable18th century Christmas at the historic mansion of George Washington. Costumed characters bring Colonial traditions to life as visitors explore the atmospheric halls by candlelight and take part in dancing, eating, and fun as live music sets the festive mood. You can even pet the famous Aladdin the Camel!
  • Ice!

    Get ready to be wowed by over two million pounds of ice that has been hand sculpted into beautiful scenes from the classic story "Twas The Night Before Christmas." The Gaylord National Resort hosts this interactive frosty festival where visitors can explore the stunning holiday scenes from November 15th to January 5th.
  • Holiday Toy Train Exhibit

    The iconic scene of an antique train rolling through a snow dusted village is part of the American holiday traditions. Exhibits this year range from the spectacular outdoor train display at the US Botanic Garden to the Zoomagination Train Station at the National Zoo and the Winter Wonderland Train Show at the Center for the Arts in Manassas, Virginia.


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