Top Ten Things to do during the Holiday Season in Washington DC area
Washington DC holiday activities are a real treat! No matter your faith, you can truly enjoy the seasonal festivities the nation's capital has to offer. There are breathtaking lights all over, including the National Zoo, massive ice sculptures at Gaylord Resort's ICE, candlelight tours of Mount Vernon, a boat parade of lights on December 4th & 5th, the beloved Nutcracker ballet at Kennedy Center, countless holiday concerts, toy trains galore, the National Menorah lighting at 4pm throughout the holiday, numerous New Year's celebrations, and of course, the iconic National Christmas Tree, a visit to which is the pinnacle of all Christmas events in Washington DC!
The National Christmas Tree is a true US tradition, since 1923. The current tree is a Colorado blue spruce, transplanted to the grassy Ellipse south of the White House in 1978. Surrounding it is the Pathway to Peace, 56 smaller trees, each uniquely decorated by the US state or territory it represents, including Washington DC. This year, the lighting ceremony is Thursday, December 6th, at 5pm. Afterward, the tree is lit nightly from dusk until 11pm on January 1st. Just take the Metro to Federal Triangle, Metro Center, or McPherson Square.