Step into a world adorned with twinkling lights, alive with captivating live shows, and brimming with heartwarming family activities! Washington, DC, transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland this December, boasting festive delights that rival any other American city.
Here's a glimpse into the winter wonderland experiences that await you in the nation's capital:
The District’s Holiday Boat Parade – The Wharf | Dec. 2 Picture over 60 bedecked boats parading along the Washington Channel! This iconic event at The Wharf invites you to join the spirit of the season with ornament decorating, face painting, and toasting s’mores by the Camp Wharf fire pit. Don’t miss the grandeur of the towering 45-foot Christmas tree aglow with lights!
Holiday Workshops – Tudor Place | Dec. 2 – Dec. 15 At Tudor Place, delve into various holiday tours and workshops that transport you through time. Experience a guided candlelit tour, revealing tales of holiday giving within the Peter family and the lives of the diverse laborers who worked there. Step into a Victorian tea party during the holiday tea and tours, and immerse yourself in creativity at the holiday wreath-making workshop.
National Menorah Lighting – Downtown | Dec. 7 Chanukah’s fervor comes alive at the world's largest menorah lighting on the White House Ellipse. Delight in the festivity with latkes, doughnuts, lively music by the United States Navy Band, and the traditional lighting of a new candle each night throughout Chanukah.
National Christmas Tree Lighting – Downtown | Early December Join the jubilation of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, now in its 101st year! Visit the President’s Park on the White House Ellipse to witness this radiant conifer surrounded by trees adorned with handmade ornaments from 56 U.S. states and territories. Revel in nightly musical performances throughout the holiday season—all free for you to enjoy.
Pretty Woman: The Musical – The National Theatre | Dec. 12-17 Let your heart swoon as one of Hollywood's most cherished romantic tales springs to life on stage! Pretty Woman: The Musical, under the direction of Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, promises an evening of sheer delight.
Capital City Symphony: Sleigh Ride! – Atlas Performing Arts Center | Dec. 17 Feel the joy of the season with Capital City Symphony and the incredible soprano Amber Monroe. Join in a concert of holiday melodies that beckon you to sing along and embrace the spirit of togetherness.
Disney’s Frozen – Kennedy Center | Dec. 20, 2023 – Jan. 21, 2024 Embark on a journey with Frozen! This spectacular musical features beloved tunes from the original film, accompanied by a dozen new numbers, promising an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Don't miss a beat of Washington, DC's Christmas magic—immerse yourself in these enchanting events and create unforgettable holiday memories!