Senior Care in Potomac MD
The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace
Lighting ceremony – December 1, 2016, 5 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. Visit the National Christmas Tree through Jan. 1.
Candlelight Tours in the Washington, DC Area
Enjoy the festive holiday decor of historic homes by candlelight tour, complete with seasonal music, storytelling and holiday treats.
ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
Through January 1, 2017. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans.
Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park
Through January 2, 2017. Upper Marlboro, MD. The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.
Washington DC Area Christmas Light Displays
Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, DC area’s spectacle of lights at a local park or along the water in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.
Holidays at National Harbor
Enjoy nightly light shows, a weekend holiday market, ICE at the Gaylord and more.
Downtown DC Holiday Market
November 25-December 23, 2016. Sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 9th in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Enjoy a unique seasonal shopping marketplace of downtown Washington DC including gift items by more than 180 exhibitors.
Christmas in Old Town Alexandria
The holiday season in Old Town Alexandria is magical with historic streets decorated brightly for the holidays, entertainers on street corners, colorful shop windows and lots of fun activities.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
Through January 6, 2016. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.
Through December 9, 2016. Potomac, MD. The free one-of-a-kind art extravaganza features a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, music, theater, poetry, dance and workshops.
December 2, 2016 – January 1, 2017. Georgetown, Washington DC. One of the city’s most treasured communities will host a festive holiday light exhibit.
Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
December 3-4, 2016. Washington Convention Center. Attend a consumer event focusing on food and entertaining with more than 150 exhibitors including specialty food companies, caterers, party planners, personal chefs, kitchen planners and appliance manufacturers.
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
December 2-3, 2016. The holiday parade and family-friendly activities are a traditional favorite of the Alexandria community.
Manassas Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016. Old Town Manassas, VA celebrates the holiday season with a parade including floats, local celebrities, live performances, marching bands, animated characters, giant balloons and more.
Smithsonian Holiday Festival
December 3-4, 2016. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Washington DC. Get in the holiday spirit with free festive musical performances, book signings, crafts, special foods and more. Complimentary gift-wrapping will be available at the National Museum of American History. The free Circulator bus will transport visitors to the other festivities around the National Mall.
Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland
December 3, 2016. See a variety of entertainment and performances, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus.
December 3, 2016. Sharpsburg, MD. Take a free driving tour along the national battlefield and see 23,110 luminaries lit in honor of those killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Antietam.
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
December 3, 2016. See dozens of festively decorated boats light up the sky along the Potomac River.
Middleburg Hunt and Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016. Middleburg, VA. Enjoy a unique holiday event in Virginia’s horse country.
Logan Circle Holiday House Tour
December 4, 2016. Logan Circle, Washington DC. Get an inside view of a variety of homes in the historic neighborhood.
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 6, 2016, 5:00 p.m. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Listen to holiday music by a section of The United States Marine Band (The President’s Own), and carols sung by the Congressional Chorus.
Pearl Harbor Day at the World War II Memorial
December 7, 2016, 1:52 p.m. World War II Memorial, Washington DC. As part of the commemoration, nearly twenty Pearl Harbor Survivors and other World War II veterans will lay wreaths at the Freedom Wall in remembrance of the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives during World War II.
December 7, 2016, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Atrium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC. The free event celebrates the holiday traditions from a global perspective with an international bazaar featuring cultural performances, embassy exhibitors and artisans, gingerbread cookie decorating, and a sampling of global food.
The Living Christmas Tree
December 9-11, 2016. Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD. This unique annual performance features a 30-foot-tall steel structure that holds an 80-person choir. The family-friendly show inspires the celebration of Christmas through musical performances and dramatic scenes.
Washington Nationals Winterfest
December 10-11, 2016. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC. Show your team spirit and get ready for the upcoming season at a fun-filled baseball festival with select Nationals players, coaches and team personnel.
Leesburg Holiday Parade and Festival
December 10, 2016, 6 p.m. Catch your Christmas spirit and bring the whole family to see Santa and his friends parade down King Street, through the heart of historic Leesburg.
December 10, 2016. A fun, quirky holiday event that is held in major cities around the world! Hundreds of Santas visit major sites around Washington DC and spread their holiday cheer.
Russian Winter Festival
December 10-11, 2016, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Celebrate the holiday season in traditional Russian style! Enjoy music, jokes, and fortunetelling by winsome characters.