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Family Friendly Holiday Fun in The District

With everything that has occurred over the last few of months this year (including the comedy show that was the 2016 Presidential Election), the District is in dire need of some serious holiday cheer. D.C is known for many things but the holiday events and displays are at the top of the list!

Keep reading to find out where you and your loved ones can make some of your best holiday memories during the most wonderful time of the year!

Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art

According to, the ice rink opened on November 14th of this year and continues through March 13th (weather permitting). It has been said to be a fun experience with the help of the grand architecture of the national museums, monuments complimented by the astonishing sculptures surrounding visitors as they ice skate through the parklike setting. Once you’re done ice skating, you’re able to  warm up and take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying a hot beverage in the Pavilion Café. Constitution Ave NW & 7th Street, Washington, DC 20408


Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. -9 p.m.


Adults: $7.00

Children/Seniors: $6.00

RENTALS: $3.00


Zoo Lights

People from all over the world visit D.C during holiday’s solely for the light festivals! Amongst the list of favorites is the light festival at the National Zoo. Not only will you enjoy the twinkling lights, but according to there are also “live musical performances, nighttime carousel rides, gingerbread habit decorating competition and yummy eggnog and holiday cookies”. However, if you find yourself becoming a little tired after walking around the zoo, take a load off and go snowless tubing down 150-foot-long tracks or tour the zoo while riding the trackless train! Don’t miss out! 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C (202) 633-4888


November 25 through January 1 (closed Dec 24 and 25); 5–9pm




Gaylord National’s ICE!

Each year, The Gaylord hosts the Christmas on the Potomac! There are lots of family friendly activities for attendees to participate in but the actual showstopper is the 9 degree Fahrenheit ICE! ICE! is every snow princess and prince’s dream. Here, you can slide down two story frozen slides and admire the beautiful ice sculptures that celebrate various countries holiday celebrations! According to, “each year this colorful display carved by artisans from Harbin, China has a new theme, and the theme for 2016 at Gaylord National is Christmas Around the World.”

Other fun activities include gingerbread decorating, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, gourmet holiday experiences, and more. There will also be new activities like Build-A-Bear Workshop and Food & Fun with Charlie Brown and Friends. This is the perfect family friendly activity for your loved ones to enjoy!

For tickets & information

(301) 965-4000


The Nutcracker

Everyone has seen or heard about The Nutcracker but I bet you haven’t seen it with the unique spin added by artistic director Septime Webre. Not to ruin the show, but he has incorporated historical characters like Harriet Tubman, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson into the cast. That alone should let you know that this play will be unlike any other this Christmas! This will surely be a play you do not want to miss as it is sure to leave a lasting impression on the people of the District! The show will be performed at the iconic Warner Theatre by the Washington Ballet.


December 1-24 (except Mondays)


7 p.m./ 13th Street, NW




Bull Run Festival of Lights

Whether you bring your significant other for a romantic night out, or you just you and your family, this event is sure to be a holiday treat for everyone! It consists of 2.5 miles of light displays and a nearby holiday village. Get the most out of your experience at the festival of lights by driving through with your lights off. After viewing the lights, enjoy refreshments and rides at the nearby holiday village and carnival.

The festival is open weekly from November 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017. For more information, visit


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