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We want you to enjoy this Holiday Season and have made a LONG list of the many events you can enjoy!
You can stay warm in your car to see the holiday lights or the many outdoor works of art on display in our area, get more adventurous and go ice skating, or shop at outdoor holiday markets. All the shopping malls and the museums that are still open have put safety measures in place, so that you might get that picture of your child with Santa or visit the latest exhibit. And of course, last but not least: the CT Holiday Dinner!
Counties and States have made sure that many outdoor events are still happening this year.
The shopping centers have installed CDC-recommended hospital-quality air filters and frequent cleanings of high-touch surfaces are done before and during operating hours with CDC-recommended products. Mask wearing is mandatory.
For your phone and for your safety two new applications have been rolled out in Shopping Malls so that stores do not exceed their occupancy limits.
Waitwhile is a virtual waitlist that lets you wait anywhere and sends a text message when it’s your turn to visit the store; it also shows wait times.
Spot Holder holds your place in line: you choose when and where you want to shop by scanning a QR code at the store or you can even decide before leaving home.
Activities for all ages
See the Lights
ZooLights Express - Fridays & Saturdays, 6-8 p.m. through Dec. 19 ZooLights Express is a 24-foot truck, festively decorated with light displays and “Panda Claws”, that travels all over the District.
On the White House Ellipse
The National Christmas Tree is lit from 4:30-10 p.m. each day.
The National Menorah lighting ceremony is Dec. 10, and greets all with latkes, doughnuts, menorah kits, dreidels, and music from the United States Navy Band.
Winter Glow at Mount Vernon – Dec. 11-13 & 26-28 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. offers special holiday illumination on two separate weekends in December with holiday music and chats with soldiers at a recreated 18th century winter encampment. Tickets are required
Bull Run Festival of Lights holiday drive: Stay warm and cozy as you slowly drive the 2.5 mile route of fun, with lights and animated displays 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. weekends. Admission is available online and at the door.
Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights, Vienna, Nov. 11 – Jan. 3 Open nightly, including holidays, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. The outdoor path is lined with over 500,000 lights and displays. Timed entry tickets are available online.
Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg is open every night through December 31: drive through the City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival, featuring 3.5 miles of enchanted woodland with more than 450 illuminated displays and trees.
Holiday Laser Light Show at King Farm in Rockville December 9 at 6pm.
Festival of Lights at the Washington, DC Mormon Temple in Kensington: every night through December 28th, 6 to 9 p.m., with more than 650,000 beautiful lights.
A tour of Washington DC murals
Funded by the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) in cooperation with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the MuralsDC project has 133 murals around the city.
goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation that encourages the use of sustainable transportation and they have chosen some of their favorite murals and sorted them by neighborhood. Here is their list with the addresses so that you can create your own tour. Go to their website to get more details on each of the artists as well as an interactive map to personally plan your trip from point A to point B. They also provide a wealth of information on DC public transportation.
Adams Morgan Building Together by Aniekan Udofia, 2010 - 1747 Columbia Road NW
Everyday I See Something New by Cita Sadeli, 2011 - 1742 Kalorama Road NW
Migration: A Human Experience by Eric B. Ricks, 2019
El Tamarindo, 1785 Florida Avenue NW
Columbia Heights Calla Lillies by Kaliq Crosby, 2017 - 3400 13th Street NW
E=MC^2 by Nessar Jahanbin, 2018 - 3018 14th Street NW
You Are Welcome by Cita Sadeli, 2018 - 3020 14th Street NW
Let’s Meet at the Corner by Alicia Cosnahan, 2012 - 13th & Park Rd NW
Black Lives Matter by Anonymous, 2020 - 16th Street by LaFayette Park.
NoMa Crossroads by Cita Sadeli (aka Miss Chelove), 2014 - 4th and S Street in Eckington NE
Project Gemini by Tracie Ching, 2015
Golden Rabbit Silent Monkey by Henley Bounkhong, 2018
28 Blocks by Garin Baker, 2017
DC Alley Museum by Multiple Artists - 50 Blagden Alley NW
Elizabeth Taylor by G. Byron Peck and Ivo Koytchev, 2013
Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th Street NW
Marvin Gaye by Aniekan Udofia, 2014 - 711 S Street NW
Union Market R Mural Project by Creative Theory Agency, 2020 - 1329 6th Street NE
Latin American Female Identity by Mariela Ajras, 2019 - Neal Place NE & 4th St NE
Untitled (Zebra) by Peter Krško, 2013 - 5th Street NE behind Union Market
Heart Wall by Mr. Brainwash, 2016 - 1309 5th Street NE
U Street Corridor - 12 blocks of murals! The Torch by Aniekan Udofia with Mia Duval, 2017 - 1213 U Street NW
Lee’s Legacy by Kaliq Krosby, 2017 - 1026 U Street NW
U Street by Michael Crossett & Skyler Kelly, 2017 - 2017 11th Street NW
All My Hopes & Dreams by Cita Sadeli, 2019 - 1359 U Street NW
Check out the live entertainment with music, Ukulele, songs and carols presented every weekend at the Reston Town Center.
And if you are not in for Ukulele, you can book your very own private Igloo Lounge at Fairfax Corner! Whether you’re enjoying an adult beverage or a hot cider, get into the holiday spirit with up to 6 people.
Downtown Holiday Market – Through Dec. 23 - F Street between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Washington, DC with dozens of tents and holiday music performed live in the background, along with coffee and doughnuts. Holiday Market at Victura Park - The REACH at 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566 through Dec. 20 has been transformed into an outdoor holiday market with local artisans, craftspersons and an array of specialized vendors.
Park View Pop-Up Holiday Market – Dec. 5, 12 & 19 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 3400 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010, before the market officially reopens in January, many of its vendors are offering food and holiday gifts from local artists, makers and producers at this holiday bazaar.
The gift shop inside the National Building Museum has reopened to the public, and offers a wide range of gifts in time for the holidays.
‘Crystalline: A Submerge by ARTECHOUSE Experience’ is open through Jan. 3, 2021 at 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024. ARTECHOUSE is a new age art destination dedicated to showcasing works by artists who work with new technology and new forms of creative expression. Purchase your ticket for Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. and Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 has several exhibits, among which ‘Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition’ – Open through Jan. 3, 2021 Thursday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Timed tickets.
Season’s Greetings from Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens – Through Jan. 10, 2021, Tuesday -Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW. Visit Marjorie Merriweather Post’s former home to view a bounty of Christmas trees all over Hillwood’s grounds.
‘Paper Routes’ at the National Museum of Women in the Arts – Open through Jan. 18, 2021 Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday: 12-5 p.m. at 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005. The exhibit showcases the ability of artists to use paper to create breathtaking installations, large and small.
Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion. Purchase Admission and Skate Rental online for your convenience. Limited tickets available per session, book in advance!
Ice & Lights Winter Village, Cameron Run, Nov 20 – Jan 3 Skating tickets are limited and must be purchased online. Open nightly, including holidays, 5:00 – 10:00. The ice skating rink opens weekends and holidays 11:00 – 5:00 from Jan 9 – Feb 28.
For the youngests
Photos with Santa:
Face coverings are required for all Guests ages 2 & up, along with social distancing, advance reservations are mandatory. And even if your child cannot sit on Santa’s lap, he can talk to him and if lucky get to see the Grinch too!
Tysons Corner even has a Grinch’s Grotto; reserve your spot , visit his special cave and strike a pose with him!
Mini train rides
Reservations are required to enjoy a mini train ride with the family through the streets of Reston Town Center.
Even for you and your pet!
Every Monday November 30 – December 21 10am-9pm bring your pet to visit Springfield Town Center’s Santa! Family Pet Photos are available every Monday in Center Court. Reservations are required.