With a large selection of family events and activities to choose from, Washington DC has a lot to offer this Christmas. With special parades, ice skating, concerts and visits with Santa there is something for everyone. Whether you have been naughty or nice, this list of activities in the nation’s capital will keep you busy this Christmas.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting
The lighting of the national Christmas tree in front of the Whitehouse is a magical occasion for adults and kids alike. Here the nation’s Christmas tree will be lit up for all to see, with live music, carolers and lots of other Christmas festivities. The president personally lights the tree and viewers get to see the beautiful light display that marks the beginning of the season.
Visit Christmas town
Every year Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is transformed into a Christmas fantasy as lights and decorations line the streets and shop windows are filled with gorgeous displays. This is the perfect spot to do some Christmas shopping or to grab a Christmas snack or meal. With a town tree decorated beautifully and several Christmas shows on offer, it is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit and spread yuletide joy.
Enjoy the Christmas Walk
Each year the Scottish Christmas walk takes place in old town Alexandria and takes place in the morning. Here Scottish clansmen parade down the main streets playing traditional holiday tunes and dressed in traditional Scottish kilts, Santa suits, and holiday attire. This parade is great for kids as it offers a lot to see and do and also a wide variety of food and snacks.
Enjoy the Zoo Lights
From late November until the beginning of January the Smithsonian national zoo holds an annual display of animated Christmas lights that stretch across the grounds of the zoo.
Here you can see Christmas and animal-themed displays, take a trip on the national zoo choo-choo, see storytellers and choir groups, and even check out some ice sculpting displays.