Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in DC, Maryland and Virginia

Kick Off the Holiday Season With Family Fun in the Capital Region

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••• National Christmas Tree Lighting. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licenced to About.com, Inc.

Christmas tree lighting ceremonies are a great way to kickoff the holiday season with family and friends. Enjoy live music and make some special memories. Here is the schedule of events in the Washington, D.C. Capital region. (In order by date)

In Washington, D.C.

  • CityCenterDC's Holiday Tree Lighting
    November 25, 2017, 6 p.m. Between New York Avenue and 9th and H and 11th St. NW Washington, D.C. The new community in the heart of the city begins an annual tradition for the holidays. Families will be entertained with balloon artists, face painters, jugglers, holiday activities and more. 
  • Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown Lighting
    November 28, 2017, 5:30 p.m. 2401 M St. NW Washington, D.C. The courtyard becomes a glittering crystal garden the perfect venue for a holiday celebration. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, performance by the award-winning Georgetown Visitation Madrigals.  Santa Claus and Rudolph will make a special guest appearance. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots Program. 
  • Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting at Union Station
    November 29, 2017, 6:00 p.m. 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Washington, D.C. The annual tree lighting ceremony includes Christmas carols and refreshments. The tree will be lit by the Ambassador of Norway. The event is also an opportunity to stop by the Norwegian Giant Model Train exhibit in the West Hall at Union Station.
  • The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    November 30, 2017, 5 p.m. The White House Ellipse. Tickets are required. (202) 208-1631. Nationally known entertainers and a military band perform and the President brings a message of peace to the nation and the world. Events and live entertainment continue at the National Christmas Tree throughout the holiday season. See photos of the National Christmas Tree.
  • Capitol Riverfront Christmas Tree Lighting
    December 1, 2017, 5-8 p.m. Canal Park, SE Washington DC. Kick off the season with holiday cheer among the 10,000 square-foot ice rink, cozy fire pits, interactive art installations, and a festive showcase of DC's emerging talent in retail, food, art, and musical entertainment. 
  • Cathedral Commons Tree Lighting
    December 1, 2017, 5-7:30 p.m. 3401 Idaho Avenue, NW Washington, DC.The event will feature live performances of holiday tunes, free photos with Santa, festive giveaways and food and drink offerings. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m.
  • Rhode Island Row Neighborhood Tree Lighting
    December 2, 2017, 5-7:30 p.m. Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. 2300 Washington Place NE, Washington, DC. The holiday event includes live performances, photos with Santa, festive entertainment and more. Rhode Island Row is the new flagship location for the WPGC Coat Drive 95, in partnership with Salvation Army.
  • Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    December 6, 2017, 5 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. See photos of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

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In Maryland

  • National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting
    November 12, 2017, 5-7 p.m. Waterfront Plaza, National Harbor, MD. The waterfront community will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the sky with fireworks and a 65ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. Sip some hot chocolate and enjoy story-telling, an ornament-making workshop and holiday music.
  • Silver Spring Holiday Tree Lighting
    November 11, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Downtown Silver Spring, MD.  The annual Re-Imagining the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration presented features an impressive 35-foot-tall public art installation comprised of 200 illuminated and multi-colored umbrellas. The evening includes live entertainment, face painting, balloon artistry, and more.
  • Rio-Washingtonian Center Tree Lighting
    November 17, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Lakefront Plaza, Gaithersburg, MD.  Kick-off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting celebration. Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus, strolling holiday entertainment, horse and carriage rides and more.
  • Annapolis Christmas Tree Lighting
    November 26, 2017, 5-8 p.m. City Dock, Annapolis, MD. Kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the tree. Watch Santa arrive by horse and carriage and enjoy dancing and carols sponsored by the Annapolis Jaycees.
  • City of Gaithersburg's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    December 2, 2017, 6-8 p.m. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 South Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, MD. (301) 258-6350. Gather with the Gaithersburg community and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a holiday sing-a-long, tree lighting, take-your-own-photo-with-Santa, and free hot chocolate.
  • Savage Mill Bridge and Christmas Tree Lighting 
    December 2, 2017, 6-7 p.m. Bollman Bridge at Historic Savage Mill , then Carroll Baldwin Hall on Foundary Street, Savage, MD. Enjoy live music throughout the evening. The unique shopping destination will be adorned with an array of gigantic wreaths, lights, ornaments, trees, and garland. 

In Northern Virginia

  • Fairfax Corner Light Up
    November 17, 2017, 6-9 p.m. 4100 Monument Corner, Fairfax, VA. Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus, horse and carriage rides, holiday entertainment and more.
  • Tysons Corner Center Christmas Tree Lighting
    November 17, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m.  Tysons Corner Center Plaza, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA.  The lighting ceremony will include live entertainment. The 52’ signature tree will be lit through January 1, 2017 and be accompanied by a nightly light show.
  • Virginia Gateway Light Up
    November 18, 2017, 5-8 p.m. Plaza at Promenade,  Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA. Kick off the holiday season with a dazzling fireworks show and family fun activities. Holiday performances by members of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks begin at 7 p.m. (viewable from the Plaza at Promenade)
  • Village at Leesburg Christmas Tree Lighting
    November 18, 2017, 3-5 p.m. 1602 Village Market Blvd, Leesburg, VA. Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage to visit with the. Don’t miss the Grand Finale at 5 p.m. when he lights the Spectacular Musical Tree. The festivities include horse-drawn carriage rides, musical performances, caroling, holiday characters, cozy fire pits with hot chocolate and roasting chestnuts and more festive fun. Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.
  • City of Alexandria's Tree Lighting Ceremony
    November 24, 2017, 6 p.m. Historic Market Square, Old Town Alexandria, VA. (703) 838-5005. Enjoy musical entertainment with greetings from the Mayor and Santa Claus.
  • Reston Town Center Christmas Tree Lighting and Sing Along
    November 24, 2017, 6 p.m. Market Street & Fountain Square, Reston, VA. Enjoy a full day of celebration with the Reston community with the Annual Race for the Kids, a thanksgiving parade, visits with Santa, the tree lighting and carriage rides.
  • Light up the Village at Shirlington
    November 30, 2017, 6-8:30 p.m. Arlington, VA. Families are invited to take photos with Shirlington’s Santa Claus and participate in activities for children. Horse-drawn carriage rides through the village will also be available.
  • Mosaic District Christmas Tree Lighting
    December 1, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 2910 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA.  Mosaic will celebrate this holiday season with a series of shopping events, holiday festivities and entertainment. Kick off the season at the Holiday tree lighting and sing-along in Strawberry Park.
  • Manassas Christmas Tree Lighting
    December 1, 2017, 5:15 p.m., Manassas Museum Lawn, 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas, VA. (703) 361-6599. Enjoy sidewalk carolers, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, refreshments and more.
  • Leesburg Christmas Tree Lighting
    December 1, 2017, 6 p.m. Town Green, 25 W Market St. Leesburg, VA. The event includes performances from local elementary schools, high schools, words from the mayor, council and guest speaker. Join in a holiday sing-a-long and stay in town for the evening for Leesburg’s First Friday event - local businesses and merchants will be open late to host some holiday cheer.
  • Pentagon Row Frost Fest
    December 2, 2017, 5- 8 p.m. Army Navy Drive and South Joyce St. Arlington, VA. The holiday celebration will feature an on-ice firework display, live entertainment, music by the popular DJ Saucee, a shopping spree giveaway, food samples and more. The grand finale fireworks show will take place on the ice at 7:30 pm.
  • One Loudoun Holiday Tree Lighting
    December 2, 2017, 5-7:30 p.m. Loudoun County Parkway and Thorndike Street, Ashburn, VA.  The community will celebrate the season with music, food and beverages, a tree lighting and spectacular laser show. A high-tech Santa, decked out with an iPhone and iPad to record holiday wishes, will arrive atop an Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue truck, personifying Downtown One Loudoun’s cutting edge holiday celebration. 
  • Jingle on Lake Anne
    December 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m.  Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) - 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA. The holiday event  includes a variety of festive activities ranging from the ever popular special visit from Santa (arriving on a lake barge), strolling carolers, a petting zoo, music, wine tastings, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookie & ornament decorating, holiday arts & crafts market, holiday entertainment and more.