D.C. Sparkles with the Glow of the National Christmas Tree

Author: Lauren Ross

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The holidays are all about creating memories with loved ones that will last a lifetime, and what better way to spend the holiday season than right in our nation’s capital! Washington, D.C. has an abundance of holiday activities that are fun for the whole family. Visit The National Christmas Tree as it lights up the south side lawn of the White House. Besides its radiant glow, the tree also includes a large modeled train that circles the base, a seasonal yule log, and a nativity manger. The Pathway of Peace is a set of 56 smaller trees that surrounds the National Tree representing the 50 US states, 5 US territories, and District of Columbia. The viewing of the National Tree is open until January 1st and is sure to bring joy on your holiday excursions.

The Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor “ICE” event is back and better than ever. This year’s theme is Frosty the Snowman, showcasing the most memorable scenes of the classic TV special. The attraction is housed in a 15,000 square foot structure and kept at a low 9◦ Fahrenheit – so dress warmly! The 5,000 blocks of ice used for the attraction were hand sculpted by 40 international artisans to make it a winter wonderland Frosty could call home! The resort also offers a tree lighting show with an indoor snowfall and an afternoon brunch with Santa. If you find yourself in old town Alexandria during your stay, then you must check out water skiing Santa Claus! That’s right, see Santa and his elves make a splash as they perform various tricks on the Potomac River – rain, snow or sunshine!

If you want to check out some of best Christmas lights in the capital, then the zoo has you covered. Zoolights is a free event that is open through January 1st and has the most breathtaking seasonal displays. Your free admission will also include holiday crafts, ice sculpting demos, and Christmas concerts sung by local choral groups. Take a candlelight tour of the most historical homes in the D.C. area complete with seasonal music, holiday snacks, and storytelling of colonial holiday traditions.  For more information about D.C. at Christmas, click here.

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