5 Great Holiday Getaways Near Washington D.C.

Government building lit up at night, Capitol Building, Washington DC, USA
••• Glowimages/Getty Images

Christmas vacation is a great time to relax and enjoy a variety of festive activities around the Washington D.C. region. Want to plan a getaway close to home? Here are some special places to celebrate the holidays.

  • 01 of 05
    Actors in Colonial Williamsburg
    ••• Colonial Williamsburg

    Christmas vacation is a wonderful time to visit Colonial Williamsburg and learn how Americans celebrated the holiday season during the 18th century. America’s largest interactive history museum, located just a few hours south of Washington, DC, comes to life with beating drums, trilling fifes, firework displays, theatrical programs and interpretive characters.


  • 02 of 05
    Ice dancing penguins
    ••• Rachel Cooper

    The 300-acre waterfront development near Washington, DC will host a festive season of holiday events including a Christmas tree lighting, outdoor market and photos with Santa by the carousel and the Capital Wheel. As part of Christmas on the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! is a special holiday attraction, a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 blocks of ice, hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans. The resort also offers free nightly entertainment and a variety of special Christmas displays.

  • 03 of 05
    Dancers at Busch Gardens
    ••• Busch Gardens

    A great Christmas vacation destination for kids! The 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.

  • 04 of 05
    Gettysburg Christmas Tree
    ••• Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The holiday season kicks off just after Thanksgiving with the Annual Gettysburg Christmas Parade and continues for four weeks with concerts, open houses, special holiday displays and great decorations throughout the town. Stay in one of Gettysburg's cozy bed and breakfasts, enjoy a weekend of shopping or just enjoy a walk through the downtown district taking in the charm of the historic town.

    Continue to 5 of 5 below.
  • 05 of 05
    National Christmas Tree
    ••• National Park Service

    Take a staycation and stay at home or book a room in a downtown hotel and enjoy the easy access to all of the city’s attractions. There’s so much to do in Washington DC that even if you’ve lived in the area for years, you probably haven’t seen it all.

    Check out these links for activities in the region: