The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Note that many events in December are ongoing throughout the holiday season.
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Hanukkah Events in the Washington, DC Area
Hanukkah Through Dec. 5, 2013. Find special events celebrating the holiday in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Holiday Craft Shows in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Find unique gifts for the holidays at a variety of craft shows held in the Washington, DC area.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at a Maryland or Virginia Farm
Find Christmas tree farms in the Washington, DC suburbs.
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 3, 2013, 5:00 p.m. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Listen to holiday music by a section of The United States Marine Band (The President's Own), and carols sung by the Congressional Chorus.
DAR Open House
December 4, 2013, 5:30-8 p.m. Visit with Santa, caroling and evening tours of historic period rooms decorated for the holidays.
The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace
Lighting ceremony - December 6, 2013, 4:30 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. Visit the National Christmas Tree through Jan. 1.
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
December 6-7, 2013. The holiday parade and family-friendly activities are a traditional favorite of the Alexandria community.
National Harbor Holiday Festival
December 6-8, 2013. National Harbor, Maryland. The festival will include crafts and gifts, live entertainment, food and wine, kids activities, and more.
Charles County Christmas Tour
December 6-8, 2013. Kick off the Christmas season and explore ten historic sites in Charles County, MD. Get in the spirit of the season as you enjoy festive decorations and learn about the history of Southern Maryland.
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
December 7, 2013. See dozens of festively decorated boats light up the sky along the Potomac River.
Logan Circle Holiday House Tour
December 8, 2013. Logan Circle, Washington DC. Get an inside view of a variety of homes in the historic neighborhood.
Candlelight Tours in the Washington, DC Area
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 is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans. New in our region this year, this is an interactive holiday attraction you won't want to miss.
Enjoy the football season and cheer for DC's team.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Find dates and times for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the Washington, DC area.
Nutcracker Performances in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Enjoy the Christmas holiday classic ballet. The Nutcracker is performed at a variety of theaters, from community theaters in the suburbs to Washington, DC's most formal performing arts centers.
Holiday Concerts in Washington, DC
Find a schedule of holiday concerts of Christmas classics, Hanukkah songs and much more.
Holiday Model Train Exhibits
Toy train displays are a family favorite for the holiday season. Visit these holiday model train exhibits in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Washington DC Area Christmas Light Displays
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.
Best Christmas Events for Kids in the Washington, DC Area
While you are busy preparing for the holiday, be sure to take some time out to make some special Christmas memories with your kids.
National Cathedral Christmas Events
Take a guided tour, hear festive music, make Christmas decorations, or attend a religious service.
Holidays at National Harbor
Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting, nightly light show and weekend holiday market.
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.
Bethesda's Winter Wonderland
December 6-7, 2013. See a variety of entertainment and performances, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus.
December 7, 2013. Sharpsburg, MD. Take a free driving tour along the national battlefield and see 23,110 luminaries lit in honor of those killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Antietam.
Middleburg Hunt and Christmas Parade
Deember 7, 2013. Middleburg, VA. Enjoy a unique holiday event in Virginia's horse country.
Manassas Christmas Parade
December 7, 2013. Old Town Manassas, VA celebrates the holiday season with a parade including floats, local celebrities, live performances, marching bands, animated characters, giant balloons and more.
Pearl Harbor Day
December 7, 2013. Wreath-laying ceremony at the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC at 1 p.m.
The Living Christmas Tree
December 13-15, 2013. Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD. This unique annual performance features a 30-foot-tall steel structure that holds an 80-person choir. The family-friendly show inspires the celebration of Christmas through musical performances and dramatic scenes.
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 a special "Holidays through History!" Tour. Enjoy festive decorations and music from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties, and sample seasonal treats.
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.
Christmas in Old Town Alexandria
The holiday season in Old Town Alexandria is magical with historic streets decorated brightly for the holidays, entertainers on street corners, colorful shop windows and lots of fun activities.
Christmas in Georgetown
Throughout December. Georgetown, Washington DC. One of the city's most treasured communities will host a variety of festive holiday events.
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.
Annapolis Christmas Lights Boat Parade
December 14, 2013, 6-8 p.m. Eastport Yacht Club Parade of Lights. Annapolis City Harbor. 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.
December 14, 2013. A fun, quirky holiday event that is held in major cities around the world! Hundreds of Santas visit major sites around Washington DC and spread their holiday cheer.
Kwanzaa Events in the Washington, DC Area
Find special holiday events around the region.
The Water-skiing Santa
December 24, 2013, 1 p.m. This unusual annual event features a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River.
Ten Things to Do on Christmas Day
Although not everyone celebrates the holiday, most businesses and attractions are closed on December 25th. Find out what's open on this day.
Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship
December 26, 2013, 4-9 p.m. Frederick, Maryland. More than a dozen churches open their doors to the public for special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes celebrating religious diversity and local history.
December 27, 2013. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland. College football bowl game benefits the United Service Organizations.
New Year's Eve Celebrations in the Washington, DC Area
Check out these suggestions of ways to ring in the New Year in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.
First Nights and Family Friendly New Years Eve Events
Ring in the New Year at a family-oriented, non-alcohol event in Maryland or Virginia.
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