Christmas at National Harbor 2018

Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Music, Light Shows and More

Christmas Tree at National Harbor
Rachel Cooper

National Harbor, the 300-acre waterfront development near Washington, D.C., hosts a festive season of holiday events along the Potomac River including a Christmas tree lighting, a holiday market, live entertainment, holiday movies, photos with Santa and fireworks. 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 hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. National Harbor is home to an eclectic mix of shops which makes it a great holiday shopping destination. With a wide range of restaurants, visitors enjoy festive dining with waterfront views.
National Harbor is located just minutes from Washington, DC, accessible from I-95/I-495, I-295, by car, Metrobus or watertaxi.

There is no direct access by Metrorail. For directions, transportation details and general information about the area , see A Visitors Guide to National Harbor

Schedule of Events at the National Harbor

  • National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - November 12, 2017, 2-8 p.m. Waterfront Plaza - National Harbor. Kick off the holiday season with a full day of entertainment, fireworks and the lighting of a 60ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. Events include the Frosty Follies, card making for deployed troops, a holiday movie, dog pictures with Santa, Santa at the Carousel, a performance by Radio King Orchestra and a tree lighting ceremony. The evening's finale will be a spectacular light show featuring the lighting of the National Harbor Christmas Tree and fireworks.
  • Gaylord National Resort's ICE! - November 16, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Hours vary. 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 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 9:30 p.m.

National Harbor is a 350-acre mixed-use community set along the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland near Washington, D.C. Built by the Peterson Companies in 2008, the development includes hotels, restaurants, retail stores, condominiums, a full-service marina, a convention center, and commercial office space. The Tanger Outlet Shopping Mall and MGM Casino - National Harbor are located nearby making this area one of the prime destinations to explore in the capital region. For more details, see Top 10 Things to Do at National Harbor.