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Christmas at National Harbor 2014

Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Market and Water Skiing Santa


National Harbor Christmas

Christmas Tree at National Harbor

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National Harbor, the 300-acre waterfront development near Washington, DC, hosts a festive season of holiday events along the Potomac River including a Christmas tree lighting, a Harbor Holiday Festival, fireworks and even a water skiing Santa Claus. While visiting National Harbor, be sure to check out the spectacular holiday decorations and special events at the Gaylord National Resort. The decor includes a 65-foot tall Christmas tree made of synthetic “candy” glass, sparkling icicles lighting up the 20-story atrium, a miniature Potomac Express Train Village and much more. Gaylord National Resort's ICE! is an interactive holiday attraction and a "must see". It's a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 2 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit.

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National Harbor is located in Prince George's County, Maryland on the Potomac River, just minutes from Washington, DC. For directions and general information about the area , see A Visitors Guide to National Harbor

Schedule of Events at the National Harbor

  • Gaylord National Resort's ICE! - November 14, 2014 through January 4, 2015. Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland. The winter wonderland is an interactive attraction featuring ten different, larger-than-life scenes. Visit with the whole family throughout the holiday season. See Photos of ICE! Nightly entertainment at the Gaylord National Resort includes a Tree of Light, indoor snowfall, tree lighting show, Brightest Star Fountain Show and much more.
  • National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - 2014 Date to Be Announced, 7-11 p.m. Waterfront Plaza - National Harbor. Kick off the holiday season with fireworks and the lighting of a 60ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. With hot chocolate and roasted nuts to keep visitors warm, the tree lighting will include story-telling and an ornament-making workshop from the National Children's Museum as well as performances by Abbey Miller, Rashida Jolley, and the cast from Spirit of Christmas! The evening's finale will be a spectacular light show featuring the lighting of the National Harbor Christmas Tree and fireworks.
  • National Harbor Christmas Light Show - Nightly throughout the holiday season. Waterfront Plaza - National Harbor. The light show will continue each night through the holiday season. Beginning the half hour after sunset and continuing every half hour until 10 p.m.
  • National Harbor Ice Skating -  2014 Dates to Be Announced.  East Pier Platform on the Waterfront. Visitors will enjoy listening to holiday music and looking out on the incredible view of the Potomac River.
  • Holiday Fireworks - 2014 Dates to Be Announced, 7 p.m. See the sky light up every Friday night with fireworks across the Potomac waterfront.
  • Harbor Holiday Market - Saturdays and Sundays, 2014 Dates to Be Announced, Located on the banks of the Potomac River, regional vendors will offer holiday goods and specialty foods including handmade crafts, handmade scarves and mittens, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and hot apple cider.
  • Holiday Music - Friday & Saturdays, 2014 Dates to Be Announced. Enjoy free holiday entertainment performed by local school choirs, performance groups, and orchestras. Music begins at 6 p.m. on  Fridays and 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Harbor Holiday Festival - 2014 Dates to Be Announced. The festival will include crafts and gifts, live entertainment, food and wine, kids activities, and plenty of holiday cheer!
  • Waterskiing Santa Claus - December 24, 2014, 1 p.m. On Christmas Eve, Santa will glide across the Potomac River, making a special visit with guests and visitors before his big night.


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