Favorite Washington-Area Holiday Fun (with Target Gift Card Giveaway!)

I have had Southern California Christmases with tumbleweed trees and pink cactus lights, San Francisco Christmases with gingerbread Victorian houses and mens chorus performances so beautiful you could cry. My family and I have even spent the winter holidays in Austin, complete with food truck dinners and trips to the Zilker Holiday Tree.

But my favorite Christmas is a Washington, DC Christmas.

Here are ways that my family and I are planning to celebrate this spectacular season. I hope this gifts you a little holiday fun inspo!

Special for 2014

Watch fireworks explode over the Potomac at George and Martha’s pad at Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon on Saturday December 20, 2014 — tickets are still available.

Photo courtesy Mount Vernon

Photo courtesy Mount Vernon

See Picturing Mother Mary at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, open now through April.

Enjoy the holiday performances at BlackRock Center for the Arts, including Daryl Davis, Lloyd Dobler Effect and Cheris the Ladies.

Decorate gingerbread houses at Make Meaning Bethesda Row



Holiday Traditions with My Family, Every Year

Drive through the Howard County Symphony of Lights (and last night we drove past the Bull Run Festival of Lights in Virginia and it looked very festive)

Watch The Washington Ballet perform Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker at The Warner Theatre.

Decorate two Christmas trees while 97.1 holiday music plays through the house. (Joe Feliciano 4-EVA.)


Walk through ZooLights at the National Zoo.

Visit the National Christmas Tree (and some years we even finagle tickets to take the White House Christmas tour — call your Member of Congress!)

Tour the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. 

Check out the holiday trains at the College Park Aviation Museum and the Brookside Gardens Conservatories.

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Annnnd of course, 

Shop for the perfect gift…often found at our local Target.

Head over to A Parent in America to win a $75 Target gift card


  1. Barbara Leaf says

    Our favorite Holiday outing will be to go to Old Town Alexandria on the riverfront to watch Santa Claus and his reindeer ski. We saw them last year and it was so fun.

  2. It’s our first holiday out here – but so far we loved The Botanical Garden’s holiday display – all that beauty and it’s inside!

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