It is hard to believe, but Christmas is only four months away.  Unless you have the flexibility to wait until about two weeks out, I have always found 3-4 months prior is the best time to buy airline tickets.  So start thinking about where you want to spend the holidays…  Here are 11 reasons I think you should consider Washington DC this year!

1.  Watch A Christmas Carol at the Historic Ford’s Theater.  Tickets go on sale at the end of Aug.  Don’t forget to make plans for dinner or a drink afterwards.  I recommend walking to either Old Ebbitt’s Grill for dinner or go to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for a drink.

2.  Watch the Nutcracker Ballet at Kennedy Center or a show at the National Theater.  In 2017, the Kennedy Center production will be by the Kansas City Ballet and tickets go on sale in mid September.  This year, the National Theater is showing Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Again, don’t forget to combine this with dinner and/or drinks!  If at the Kennedy Center, I recommend taking a walk along the Potomac river into Georgetown to eat!


3.  See the Washington Chorus perform a Christmas Concert.

4.  Shopping at a European style Christmas Market in downtown DC.  The market runs from Thanksgiving until 23 Dec and starts at the corner of F and 8 NW, near Gallery Place.  If you don’t fill up on snacks at the Market, there are lots of places to eat in the area.

5.  See the Zoo Lights at the National Zoo (free).

6.  See the Christmas Lights and Snow Cave at National Harbor.  National Harbor also has a Ferris Wheel with wonderful views and plenty of places to eat and shop.  Note:  I am not really a fan of National Harbor but most of my friends and family love it, so I would feel remiss not to include it.  

7.  See the National Christmas Tree at White House and the State Christmas Trees at Capitol Building. (Free)

8.  See the Christmas displays at the Botanical Gardens including model trains.  They also have concerts through out the season and everything is Free!

9.  Have traditional German Food at Café Mozart or Cafe Berlin.  Cafe Mozart is a family favorite and we go several times a year.  But without fail, we also go every Christmas Eve before church.

10.  Visit the Willard Intercontinental Hotel to see their holiday décor, their gingerbread “house” display and have a Winter cocktail in the historic Round Robin Bar.  The hotel also frequently has caroling! I have never stayed here, but if you can afford it, you cannot beat the location or the Christmas Spirit.


11.  Ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.  The schedule will be posted in mid-November.

On top of this – you can still visit all of the traditional DC attractions!   Don’t forget to read some of my other posts about DC attractions and places to eat and drink!

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