Thursday December 12, 2013
See a guide to the top events going on this weekend in the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia.
More Upcoming Washington, DC Events
December Festivals and Events in Washington DC
- Washington DC Historic Home Tours for the Holidays - December 14, 2013, 4-8 p.m. Washington DC. Four historic home museums will open their doors together to celebrate the season with festive decorations and music from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties.
- Annapolis Christmas Lights Boat Parade - December 14, 2013, 6-8 p.m. Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis, MD. Enjoy a parade of lights when more than 70 power and sailboats show off their holiday decorations. See more about Christmas Events in Annapolis
- Leesburg Holiday Parade and Festival - December 14, 2013. 10 a.m. Catch your Christmas spirit and bring the whole family to see Santa and his friends parade down King Street, through the heart of historic Leesburg.
- Arlington Wreath Laying Ceremony - December 14, 2013. Holiday wreaths adorn 5,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.
- Santarchy DC - December 14, 2013. During this fun, quirky holiday event hundreds of Santas visit major sites around Washington DC and spread their holiday cheer.
- The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace Open through Jan 1, 2014. Ellipse near the White House. Visit the National Christmas Tree and listen to musical groups throughout the holiday season
- Frederick Museums by Candlelight - December 14, 2013. Throughout Frederick County, MD. The event features free holiday-themed programs at over 20 museums including living history demonstrations, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and more.
- Washington DC Area Christmas Light Displays - Through early January. 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.
- Candlelight Tours in the Washington, DC Area - Various dates. Enjoy the festive holiday decor of historic homes by candlelight tour, complete with seasonal music, storytelling and holiday treats.
- Holiday Shows in Washington DC -
See the schedule of live theatrical holiday performances in the DC area.
- ICE! - Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort - Through January 5, 2014. The award-winning holiday attraction kicks off this weekend. The winter wonderland is created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. Visit the attraction early and avoid the crowds!
- Holiday Concerts in Washington, DC Various dates. Find a schedule of holiday concerts of Christmas classics, Hanukkah songs and much more.
- Downtown DC Holiday Market - Through December 23, 2013. 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.
- The Living Christmas Tree -
December 13-15, 2013. Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD. This unique annual performance inspires the celebration of Christmas through musical performances and dramatic scenes.
- Christmas at Mount Vernon -
Through January 6, 2014. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.
Thursday December 12, 2013
The White House is decorated with lots of colorful Christmas trees, wreaths, and unique decorations for the holiday season. The theme for 2013 is Gather Around
, a celebration of coming together with loved ones at this special time of year, and of the stories behind our beloved and classic American holiday traditions. Take a peak inside the White House and see how it is decked out for the season. See Photos of the White House Christmas decorations.
Photo © William Phillips, White House Historical Association
See more Photos of Christmas in Washington DC
Wednesday December 11, 2013
The Patriot Center
in Fairfax, VA hosts a wide selection of concerts and events featuring award-winning musicians, renowned athletes, family-friendly performers and more. Here is a schedule of upcoming events. Tickets to all performances are on sale through www.ticketmaster.com.
Top 10 Concert Venues in Washington DC
- Sesame Street Live - "Make a New Friend" - Dec. 12-15, 2013
- WWE LIVE - Jan. 5, 2014
- Justin Moore: Off the Beaten Path Tour - Feb. 6, 2014
- Lady Antebellum - Feb. 21, 2014
- Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure - Feb. 23, 2014
- Robin Thicke - Feb. 27, 2014
- The Avett Brothers - Feb. 28, 2014
- Demi Lovato: The Neon Lights Tour - March 2, 2014
- Harlem Globetrotters 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour - March 15-16, 2014
- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze - April 9-13, 17-20, 2014
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Olympus, a global technology leader in imaging solutions, is partnering with the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex, to create Q?rius (pronounced "Curious"), a new hub of scientific activity and education based at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
in Washington DC. The comprehensive 10,000-square-foot experiential learning center will be equipped with dozens of microscopes and imaging systems that will enable visitors to access more than 6,000 bones, minerals and fossils in the NMNH's collection and engage in active, ongoing scientific inquiry. Olympus is donating more than 50 fully loaded, professional scientific microscope imaging systems, along with a variety of cameras, monitors, PCs, stands, software and more. Q?rius will be located on the ground floor of the museum at the north entrance on Constitution Avenue NW. For more information about Q?rius, visit http://qrius.si.edu
A Guide to All of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC