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Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 in the Washington, DC Area

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Are you spending Thanksgiving in the Washington, DC area this year? Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of funs things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Restaurants in the Washington, DC Area
Let someone else do the cooking this year! Here are some suggestions of nice restaurants that serve Thanksgiving dinner in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Thanksgiving Dinner To Go
Pick up delicious dishes professionally prepared and spend the day with your guests, not stuck in the kitchen. Find out where to find turkey and all the trimmings to go in the Washington DC area.

Black Friday in the Washington DC Area
The day after Thanksgiving, many Washington DC area retailers open their doors very early to attract shoppers with special deals and bargains for the holiday season. Some shopping malls and large retailers even open at midnight. See the schedule of early openings in the DC area.

Holiday Shopping Guide for Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional time to start your holiday shopping. Here are some unique ideas of places to shop in the Washington, DC area.

Small Business Saturday
November 30, 2013. This day has been designated to help fuel the economy by asking Americans to shop at their favorite local stores and support small businesses. The Washington DC area has plenty of wonderful shopping destinations to check out this holiday weekend.

Volunteer for Thanksgiving
Find a variety of charitable organizations that need volunteers to prepare, serve and cleanup holiday meals for the poor.

Turkey Trots in the Washington, DC Area
A variety of organizations sponsor trots, runs and walks for fun or to raise money for the needy.

Presidential Turkey Pardon
The White House tradition of pardoning a live turkey has become of great interest. See Photos!

Reston Town Center Holiday Parade
Friday, November 29, 2013. The Reston community kicks off the holiday season with a full day celebration including a holiday parade, visits with Santa, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and more.

Holiday Shows in the Washington DC Area
Throughout the holiday season, you will find a wonderful lineup of live performances in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Find A Christmas Carol, Season's of Light, Twas the Night Before Christmas and a variety of unique holiday shows.

National Mall
Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time to visit the Smithsonian museums and Washington, DC’s famous monuments and memorials.

Top 10 Places to Visit with Out of Town Guests in Washington, DC
Chances are that your out of town guests have been to Washington before and have explored the National Mall. There are lots of other interesting places to explore in the nation’s capital. Here are some suggestions of places to visit over Thanksgiving weekend.

Season’s Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC at the foot of the U.S. Capitol. During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, DC's most famous buildings and monuments.

National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting
November 29, 2013, 5-7 p.m. Waterfront Plaza, National Harbor, Maryland. The waterfront community will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the sky with fireworks and a 65ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. Sip some hot chocolate and enjoy story-telling, an ornament-making workshop and holiday music.

ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
The award-winning holiday attraction is 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.

Christmas Light Displays in the Washington, DC Area
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 in the suburbs of Maryland. These Christmas light displays are beautiful and a great way to share the magic and joy of a winter wonderland.

Mount Vernon Candlelight Tours
Martha Washington hosts an 18th-century Christmas with candlelit walks, fireside caroling, and festive décor during Mount Vernon by Candlelight.

City of Alexandria's Tree Lighting Ceremony
Historic Market Square in Old Town, Friday, November 29, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Nutcracker
The Washington, DC area has a wide range of theaters to enjoy the Christmas classic ballet - the Nutcracker. Many performances start on Thanksgiving weekend.

Maryland Christmas Show at the Frederick Fairgrounds
Franklin St., Frederick, Maryland (301) 898-5466. November 22-24, and November 29-December 1, 2013. Enjoy the works of 500 artists and craftsmen offering fine art, pottery, furniture, quilts, jewelry, clothing, wreaths and garlands, toys and Christmas ornaments.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in the Washington, DC Area
A great way to start the season is to take the whole family out to a Christmas tree farm and cut your own Christmas tree.

The Vienna Arts and Craft Showcase
November 29-December 1, 2013. 120 Cherry Street, SE, Vienna, VA. This show features more than 80 juried artisans offering original, handmade arts and crafts, including decorative painting, fused, etched, painted and stained glass, ceramics and pottery, hand-painted silk, woodworking handweaving, photography, paintings and drawings,clothing and functional textiles, jewelry and much more. All of the artists and artisans will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their work.

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