Celebrate the Holidays DC Style

Though winter's cold and dreary weather might encourage you to stay indoors this holiday season, the nation's capital offers plenty of sights and activities for travelers to get into the holiday spirit this November and December. Along with Washington, DC's iconic sights like museums and memorials, you'll find a plethora of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve celebrations to enjoy as well.

Holiday shoppers can cross off those last-minute items on their shopping list at the Shops at Georgetown Park. This 19th-century structure houses fashion havens like H&M, Anthropologie, J.Crew, and even DC staple Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café. Plus, there's even more shopping at the Old Post Office Pavilion, home to a number of local gems like I Love DC and Post Expressions for DC-related knickknacks.

Theater aficionados will even feel right at home with the capital's numerous performing arts complexes. Enjoy free world-class performances at Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. daily, or pay what you can for performances at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Jazz lovers can even sample the capital's soul and blues performers, including renditions of legends like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Miles Davis.

There are also plenty of season-inspired festivities throughout the city, like the ZooLights exhibit at The National Zoo and the lighting of the National Christmas Tree by President Barack Obama. Not to mention the classic holiday performances of tales like "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker" at the historic Ford's Theatre and at Warner Theatre, respectively. With so many options, you won't want to miss out on celebrating the holidays during your trip to the capital.

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