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Christmas Lights, Visits with Santa, Holiday Concerts, Parades and More
Washington, D.C. is a wonderful place to celebrate the Christmas holiday season with kids. The whole family can enjoy a wide selection of Christmas events and activities in Washington, D.C. and the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. While you are shopping, decorating, cooking and preparing for the holiday, be sure to take some time out to make some special Christmas memories with your kids.
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The Washington, D.C. area has a wide range of theaters to enjoy the Christmas classic ballet - the Nutcracker. Take the whole family to marvel over Clara’s Christmas fantasy when the wooden toy soldier comes alive and takes her on a magical tour of wonderful holiday adventures. For the younger crowd, check out the Nutcracker Puppet Show at the Puppet Co. See a guide to Nutcracker Tickets in the Washington, D.C. Area.
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National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace
The Christmas Tree in front of the White House has a special allure to us all, but to kids it’s even more magical. Be sure to get up close and watch the toy train go around the track! There's live entertainment throughout the holiday season and this is one of the most iconic Washington, D.C. holiday experiences you can have. Read more about the National Christmas Tree.
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Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park
The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides. Read more about Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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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 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won't want to miss. Read more about ICE at the Gaylord National Resort.
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Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk and Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Old Town Alexandria celebrates the holiday season while hundreds of Scottish clansmen with their bagpipes gather for the traditional parade and dozens of festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River. Read more about Christmas in Old Town Alexandria.
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ZooLights at the National Zoo
Each holiday season, the National Zoo presents a display of thousands of sparkling animated Christmas lights, winter-themed crafts, ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers. The event is a favorite for kids and adults alike. Read more about ZooLights.
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Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Dozens of communities around the Washington, D.C. area light a Christmas tree, provide entertainment and invite children to visit with Santa. See the schedule of Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
The Williamsburg, Virginia amusement park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, combining an immersive holiday experience with one-of-a-kind shopping and dining opportunities, all-new holiday shows and a spectacular light-dancing Christmas tree. Read more about Christmas at Busch Gardens.
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Seasons Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden
The exhibit is truly amazing featuring model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, D.C.'s most famous buildings and monuments all made of real plant materials! Adults and children will be fascinated by this special Christmas-time treat in the nation's capital. Read more about the Botanic Garden Holiday Display.
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Manassas Christmas Parade
Old Town Manassas, Virginia celebrates the Christmas season each year with a weekend of old-fashioned family fun at the "Merry Old Town" celebration. Festivities include a parade, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, free carriage rides and more. Read more about the Manassas Christmas Parade.
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Holiday Sing-a-long at Wolf Trap National Park
Sing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with the United States Marine Band and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. Read more about Wolf Trap National Park.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Smithsonian Holiday Festival
The holiday event features family-friendly entertainment at several museums including concerts by the U.S. Air Force's Max Impact, Silver Wings, and Celtic Aire, seasonal films such as The Muppet Christmas Carol, Mars Chocolate demonstrations, trunk shows, and more. Read more about the Smithsonian Holiday Festival.
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Santa Fly-In at the College Park Aviation Museum
Watch Santa fly into the historic College Park Airport and then have your picture taken with him. Enjoy holiday arts and crafts in the museum gallery as you wait. For more information, visit www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com
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The Water-Skiing Santa
This unusual annual event features a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River. Read more about the Water-skiing Santa.
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Christmas Light Displays
Throughout the holiday season, Christmas light displays are beautiful and a great way to share the magic and joy of a winter wonderland. Kids will especially like the animated characters. See a guide to Washington DC Area Christmas Light Displays.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Discovery Theater’s Seasons of Light
This seasonal favorite at the Smithsonian’s children’s theater celebrates the warmth of many holidays filled with light. Learn the history and customs of Devali, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Christmas, and the First Nations tradition of the Winter Solstice. Read more about the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater
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Reston Town Center's Holiday Events
This shopping center in Reston, Virginia celebrates the holidays with a holiday parade, visits with Santa, carriage rides, a Christmas tree lighting and sing-along and more. Read more about the holiday events at Reston Town Center.
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Leesburg Holiday Parade and Festival
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.