December 2017 ~ Calendar of Events

2017 Holiday Markets & Craft Shows in the Washington, DC Area
~ Tease the holidays by attending one of the many craft shows in the District- perfect for picking up one of a kind gifts’ for the upcoming season!

Christmas at National Harbor 2017 
~ Visit the stunning National Harbor for the festive ceremonies, and channel your Christmas Spirit! Includes Christmas tree lighting, a holiday market, live entertainment, holiday movies, photos with Santa and fireworks!

ICE! 2017: Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort  - November 18, 2017 - January 1, 2018
~ Not to be missed! This family friendly event is the perfect way to start the holiday season; the overarching theme this year is dedicated to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Enter the exhibit hall and discover a decorated Christmas town square, complete with holiday merchandise, a hot chocolate stand, Santa’s sleigh, and a carousel ride.

Six Flags America, MD: Holiday in the Park 2017 - November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018
~ This winter, for its second year in a row, Six Flags transforms itself into a Winter Wonderland!
Boasting seasonal treats, Santa’s village, and other holiday entertainment, this event is not to be missed!

2017 Holiday Markets and Craft Shows in the Washington, DC Area
~ Pump up for the holidays by attending one of the many craft shows in the District; perfect for picking up one of a kind gifts’ for the upcoming season!

Downtown DC Holiday Market November 25 - December 23, 2016
~ Through December 23, 2015. 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.

National Christmas Tree Lighting -  Thursday, November 30, 2017.
~ Take part in the magical tradition, that started with a transplanted Blue Spruce (40ft!) in 1923, and since then has expanded into the “Pathway of Peace” with 56 smaller trees representing 50 states, 5 territories, and the District itself.

National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony - Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 4 p.m
~ To celebrate holiday, experience the enchanting National Hannukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony, which commemorates the miracle of light that burnt for eight days out of a single-days-worth of oil found in the Temple. The event features musical performances and fun for the whole family.

Hanukkah Events in the Washington, DC Area
~ Celebrate the Festival of Lights in the District! Find special events celebrating the holiday in the metropolitan area!

Kwanzaa Events in the Washington, DC Area
~ Take part in the cultural celebration and honor the Heritage in the seven day commemoration!! Various Dates. Find special holiday events around the area~

Candlelight Tours in the Washington, DC Area
~ Enjoy the festive holiday decor of historic homes by candlelight in this darling tour. Complete with seasonal music, storytelling and holiday treats.

Holiday Theater and Shows 2017
~ Take in a holiday show and enjoy DC’s wonderful theaters all over the city! Options include classics from, ‘A Christmas Carol’, to ‘The Nutcracker’, and so much more; perfect for the whole family!

Holiday Concerts in Washington, DC
~ Find a schedule of holiday concerts of Christmas classics, Hanukkah songs and much more.

Holiday Model Train Exhibits
~ Model train displays are a family favorite for the holiday season. Visit these holiday model train exhibits in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Best Christmas Events for Kids in the Washington, DC Area
~ While you are busy preparing for the holiday, be sure to take some time out to make some special Christmas memories with your kids.

National Cathedral Christmas Events
~ Take a guided tour, hear festive music, make Christmas decorations, or attend a religious service.

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 Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Christmas Light Displays in DC
~ Kickoff the holidays and make memories with the whole family!
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.

Christmas at Mount Vernon - November 27, 2016 - January 6, 2017.
~ Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic players and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.

The Nutcracker
~ Enjoy the staple of the season with wonderous new choreography, costumes and Tchaikovsky’s iconic composition of the Nutcracker. Family friendly!!

Washington Nationals
~ Experience the American tradition at Nationals Stadium - peanuts, crackerjacks and more!
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Washington Wizards or Washington Capitals Game
~ Enjoy some basketball or hockey and catch a game at the Verizon Center.

Rock Creek Park 
~ Horseback riding, trails for hiking, biking, and exploring provide a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city! 

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