December events

Fall is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the activities to do with your friends and family have to! As we did last month, Sarah from and I have teamed up to find you a list of events and activities that are taking place this holiday season in the DC and surrounding area.

November 25th – December 23rd: Downtown Outdoor Christmas Market 12-8pm // An open air market where you can find interesting and unique gifts, items, and food. This market has been taking place for the past 12 seasons, and is a great way to get some exercise for you (and your wallet) as well as catch some holiday cheer. For more information click here.

November 25th – January 6th: Christmas at Mount Vernon 9am-4pm // Interested in seeing what Christmas looked like in the 1700s? Check out Christmas at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is a beautiful place all year long, but with the addition of garlands, wreaths, and other holiday decor, it is hard not to consider this one of the best “winter wonderlands” around. $15 for adults, $7 for children, and free for children under the age of 5. For more information click here.

November 18th – January 8th: Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights 5:30-10:30 pm $8-13 per person // Enjoy a nature walk under some festive lights. This walk is great for families and couples alike. With various light displays to put you in a festive holiday mood, this event is a must-see. In addition to the lights display, there are light refreshments and a “Snowflake Shoppe”. For more information and ticket purchases click here.

November 23rd – January 8th: Bull Run Festival of Lights 5:30-9:30 pm (10 on weekends) // If walking through a display of lights may be too much, check out the Bull Run Festival of Lights. This light display is a 2.5 mile drive through various winter wonderland and holiday themed scenes. Grab a thermos of hot chocolate, tune to your favorite Christmas channel and enjoy the holiday spirit. For more information click here.

November 25 -January 1st: Holiday Model Train Display // Looking for something indoor? The Norwegian Giant Model Train exhibit will be on display in the West Hall at Union Station. Union Station has recently been renovated and adorned with large gold and white ceilings and some really extravagant Christmas decorations. It’s a great indoor activity to stay warm, shop, and grab a quick lunch.

November 25 – January 1st: Zoo Lights // Want something free? Check out Zoo Lights EVERY night from 5-9pm at the National Zoo. Animal light sculptures, live music, food, and outdoor slides (for a small fee). For more information click here.

December 1-31st: Visit the National Christmas Tree// A staple to this area is an annual visit to the National Tree. This large tree is surrounded by a train village and smaller trees from all of the states. While there, check out Santa’s Workshop, the yule log, and live reindeer. While the park is open 10am-10pm they turn on the lights roughly around 4:30pm-10pm. It is definitely a must do with the whole family. For more information click here.

December 2nd – 3rd: Christmas in Middleburg (5-6:30 pm on 12/2 and 8-6 pm on 12/3) // Middleburg is a wonderful town to walk through any time of year. The historic buildings and small town quaintness however add another level of holiday cheer to this celebration. Crafts, wine tasting, shopping are some of the attractions, however it is the Middleburg Hunt parade that really is a must-see with a parade of horses, red coat horse riders, and hounds down Washington St. While you are there, try grabbing lunch at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern, Julien’s Cafe, or any of the other wonderful eateries there. For more information regarding Christmas at Middleburg click here.

December 3rd: Jingle on Lake Anne 11am // Lake Anne is a unique area in Reston, VA that hosts a variety of restaurants, shops, and even the Lake Anne Brew House (indulge yourself and get the soft pretzel!). Jingle on Lake Anne will include a farmers market, ornament making, cookie decorating, craft beer garden, carols, tree lighting, and SANTA (arriving on a barge!) For more information click here.

Ongoing: Saturday mornings at the National Theatre 9:30 am & 11am // The National Theatre hosts a series of FREE (yes, FREE!) performances for children. They suggest that these performances are geared more towards 4-10 year olds, but that is just a suggestion. If you are interested in attending one of their free events, tickets go on “sale” at 10am the Friday of the week before the event. Performances this season include: “Music Around the World” and “The Nutcracker”. For more information click here.

November 25th – January 1st: Miracle on 7th Street aka The Christmas Bar // DATE NIGHT idea – Book your babysitter and hit DC for a day/night of over the top merriment. Three bars have teamed up and decked their halls with holiday decor. They have even created a drink menu full of holiday themed beverages, some of which are named after popular lines from holiday movies and shows. Due to popularity, you may want to try and get in line before in opens so that you too can be jolly with other hipsters and millennials. For more information click here.

What are some of your favorite holiday events that you and your family enjoy doing during the holiday season? Any suggestions of must-see events that we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!


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