Holiday Fun in Our Nation’s Capital

In or near Washington, D.C. is a great place to live, especially during the holiday season. A variety of events happen throughout the month of December and into the new year.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting and the Pathway of Peace will be held on Friday, December 6th at 4:30pm. The national tree lighting tradition began in 1923. In 1954, 56 smaller trees, representing the 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia were added to the display. Today, the event is a visual feast that includes performances by popular artists, military bands, and comedians.

Candlelight tours are held at the Mount Vernon Estate and in Historic Alexandria, Virginia throughout the holiday season. Alexandria also hosts the Scottish Walk Weekend, December 6 – 7, which includes the Scottish Walk parade on Saturday at 11:00am in Old Town.

Zoolights at the National Zoo is a family favorite. The zoo presents a display of thousands of animated lights, ice sculpting demonstrations, and seasonal crafts. Admission is free. Zoolights will run until January 1, 2014.

If you enjoy ice sculptures, head for the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. The resort presents ICE! 2013, a winter wonderland created with 5,000 blocks of hand-sculpted ice. This year’s theme is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The attraction is open until January 4, 2014.

Enjoy your holidays!

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