Holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year in DC. It obviously helps that I love cold weather. But even if you don’t, there are so many great holiday activities that will keep your mind off the cold.
The tree lighting itself its hard to get tickets to, but worth it if you can! Even if you can’t get ticket they play the whole celebration on television on December 4th. Or you can go visit the tree each night in person after the lighting. In addition to the national Christmas tree there are 56 smaller trees. Each tree is represents a state or territory, decorated with handmade ornaments that are unique to each tree.
Miracle on 7th Street, a holiday pop-up bar, is back for its 3rd straight year. Formerly a Game of Thrones, Cherry Blossom and Halloween pop up, the Christmas Bar draws a crowd that wraps a line around the block. But, if you are willing to wait, you will be rewarded with amazingly creative, over the top decorations and holiday themed cocktails and snacks.
One of my favorite holiday traditions, Zoo Lights, more than 500,000 twinkle lights convert the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! You’ll also be able to find lots of holiday treats, musical performances and holiday shopping.
A festive holiday shopping village with over 150 regional vendors. While you’re browsing, enjoy lively seasonal music and entertainment, plus great snacks and festive treats
Although not a specifically holiday activity, open from November to March, skating at the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden is particularly pretty during December. Surrounded by large-scale sculptures by well-known artists, its an essential Washington DC, bucket list item.
Technically not in DC, ICE! is so amazing that it worth the trek across the Potomac River to the National Harbor in Maryland. ICE! is a magical indoor winter wonderland built with of over 2 million pounds of ice. This year’s theme is Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer, with multiple colorful sculptures that show popular scenes from the movie. Did I mention there are slides? Four of them!
Now, Rare Sweets is definitely worth a visit year round. But, during the holiday season the City Center, where Rare Sweets is located, has beautiful decorations. So, when you are too cold after looking at the twinkle lights head it for some hot chocolate and some seasonal (or or everyday) desserts!
What are some of your favorite holiday activities? Let me know if the comments.