January 2018 Festivals and Events in the Washington DC Area

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The Washington, D.C. area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

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  • New Years Day in Washington, D.C. - Looking for something to do on New Year's Day in Washington, D.C.? Many businesses are closed, but there are still a lot of great ways to spend your day on January 1st.
  • Washington, D.C. Area Christmas Light Displays - Some of the Christmas light displays in the area continue through the first week in January. Enjoy a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, D.C. area's spectacle of lights at a local park or along the water in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
  • Christmas at Mount Vernon - Through January 6, 2018. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and tour the Mount Vernon Estate. The newly expanded programs extend through the first week in January.
  • ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort - Through January 1, 2018. 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.
  • Winter Theater in Washington, D.C. - With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2018 season.
  • Bridal Shows and Expos - See everything you need to plan an extraordinary wedding. Bridal shows include exhibits of bridal fashions, invitations, photographers, ceremony sites, music, wedding cakes, decorations, honeymoon travel and much more. See the schedule of shows around the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Bethesda Restaurant Week - January 12-21, 2018. Enjoy prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at a variety of restaurants in Bethesda, MD.
  • Adventures in Travel Expo - January 20-21, 2018. Washington Convention Center. Learn about a wide variety of adventure travel packages and tours, attend educational seminars, meet leading travel writers and participate in free hands-on activities.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Events - The national holiday is January 15, 2018. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday is a day of honor and commemorative events at a variety of sites in Washington, DC. Events honoring the civil rights leader run throughout the month of January.
  • Home & Remodeling Show - January 19-21, 2018. Dulles Expo Center. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. Find out what's new in home decor, gardening, remodeling, and more. Meet hundreds of experts and check out thousands of products and services.
  • Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rallies - January 19, 2018. Thousands of Americans will march in Washington, DC on the anniversary of the date of the Supreme Court’s infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Pro-lifers and pro-choice supporters will march in support of their stand on this controversial issue.
  • Washington, DC Restaurant Week - January 22-28, 2018. Experience Washington, DC's best restaurants at affordable prices. More than 250 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $22 and 3-course dinners for $35 for this gourmet event.
  • Howard County Restaurant Weeks - January 22- February 52018. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe chef’s menus with prices ranging from $10.18 to $40.18 (beverages, tax, gratuity not included) featuring local products, cut flowers, seafood, herbs, meats, eggs and game often paired with local wine or beers.
  • Maryland Polar Bear Plunge  - January 25-27, 2018. Annapolis, Maryland. During the charity event for Special Olympics Maryland, thousands of participants of all ages are daring enough to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The event includes contests and live entertainment. See More Polar Plunges in Maryland and Virginia.
  • Washington Auto Show  - January 26-February 4, 2018. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC. This special event features more than 700 new vehicle makes and models, live entertainment, celebrity guests and new car giveaways.
  • Alexandria Restaurant Week - January 26-February 4, 2018. More than 45 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two.

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