Don't Be A Scrooge! Head To These Top D.C. Holiday Attractions

The nation's capital is bathed in different shades of red, white and blue throughout the year (especially during campaign time) but once the holiday season approaches visitors will find every color of the rainbow featured in lights, ribbons and ornaments.  

Starting in November and lasting until the New Year, holiday happenings are everywhere in Washington, D.C. The best part is the huge variety of attractions to see. So while you are whittling down your shopping to do list, make sure to check out these holiday events that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

What's the holiday season without a viewing of the Charles Dickens' classic tale 'A Christmas Carol'? Instead of watching a movie, be sure to catch the Ford's Theatre production and take in some history at the memorable venue. How about careening down slides made entirely of ice and seeing a fountain show choreographed to holiday favorites? Check out Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center's Christmas on the Potomac celebration.

If you enjoying seeing thousands of twinkling lights, try your luck at winning a lottery ticket to watch the First Family flip the switch at the National Christmas Tree Lighting or go to the National Zoo to see your favorite animals, reptiles and amphibians aglow during Zoo Lights.

To welcome in the New Year, head over to Virginia for First Night Alexandria which features fireworks on the Potomac River, kid friendly events and live entertainment.

Don't be a Scrooge! Grab the coat, scarf and hat and head to these top D.C. holiday attractions!

Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade
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Old Town Alexandria's history is rich with Scottish heritage. As a way to pay tribute, the town hosts an annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend filled with activities everyone can enjoy. Take the kids to the George Washington Masonic Memorial...  Read More

First Night Alexandria
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Washington, D.C. no longer has an official New Year's firework celebration. (We are still scratching our head over this one.)Fear not because a nearby Virginia town has answered the call to see those bright colors burst in the sky. First Night...  Read More

Ford's Theatre
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All of these joyful holiday events are enough to drive Ebenezer Scrooge mad so come see him transform his mean, old ways thanks to visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' presented at...  Read More

Washington National Cathedral
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With Neo-Gothic design harking back to centuries long ago, the Washington National Cathedral is a beautiful structure to behold especially during the holidays. The church has a number of programs to celebrate the birth of Christ. Don't miss the...  Read More

Season's Greenings U.S. Botanic Garden
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Once you see poinsettias, you know the holiday season is upon us so why not head to a place that knows how to make beautiful plant displays? The U.S. Botanic Garden's annual Season's Greenings features a showcase of the holiday flowers, one of...  Read More



In 1787, George Washington brought a camel to Mount Vernon to entertain his guests. During the Christmas season, patrons will be able to meet a camel at Old Hickory's home. How many other places offer that during the holiday time? Take in the...  Read More

Woodley Park


The National Zoo features mammals, reptiles and amphibians from all across the world. Thanks to ZooLights, guests can see favorites like the giant pandas, Asian elephants and sea lions in person and represented in thousands of dazzling lights as...  Read More

National Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony
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As a way to celebrate heritage and religious freedom, The White House welcomes thousands of people to the Ellipse on the first day of Chanukah to witness the lighting of the world's largest menorah. The Jewish holiday, also known as the Festival...  Read More

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Christmas on the Potomac
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The hotel and convention center annually presents this festive event featuring a bevy of activities that will get you in the holiday spirit. ICE! offers participants the opportunity to careen down slides over two stories tall made entirely of...  Read More

National Christmas Tree Lighting
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The lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse dates back nearly 100 years. In 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge allowed the District of Columbia Public Schools to erect a tree on the White House lawn. On Christmas Eve, a crowd watched...  Read More


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