The last month of the year is finally here and we’re all up for making the most before it ends and 2022 arrives. DC is looking extra splendid with all the holiday lights and decors, and there are tons of fun things to do in the city! From holiday shopping to winter pop-ups and dazzling lights, an assortment of magical things to do await for you at the Nation’s Capital. So without further ado here are 27 wonderful things to do in DC this December
It’s the most wonderful time of the year yet again and while holidays may be looking a bit different this year, there’s nothing quite like a freshly-cut Christmas tree and the scent of pine to help make things a bit easier. While cases continue on the rise here in the District, the National Christmas Tree Association has issued new guidelines to keep Christmas tree hunting safe during the pandemic.
2. Enjoy a magical, candlelit concert in a stunning DC setting
You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) fall here in Washington DC, and part of that is thanks to the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to a beautiful open-air venue for the season. Book your tickets here.
3. Check out LuminoCity’s dazzling light-art festival at Roer’s Zoofari
A totally unique experience for visitors of all ages, the annual LuminoCity festival draws inspiration from nature, history, and multiple cultures to create its beautiful immersive light shows composed of handcrafted sculptures that are lit from within to create a multidimensional exhibit like no other. This year’s theme, ‘Shine Again’ has been inspired by the power and warmth of light overcoming darkness and will feature hundreds of original light-art sculptures including some designed by young Washingtonians! The perfect activity to get into the festive spirit, LuminoCity will be at Roer’s Zoofari in Fairfax County, VA, until January 2, 2022. So make sure to book your tickets now and don’t miss out on this mesmerizing experience! Book your tickets here.
4. Escape a zombie apocalypse at the Army Of The Dead VR experience
In this action-packed touring location-based VR experience, players will team up with a civilian search-and-rescue crew known as “Las Vengeance” to battle the throngs of zombies who have taken over Sin City. With high-end virtual reality headsets, assault weapons with realistic recoil, and state-of-the-art motion platforms, you’ll be able to see, hear and feel every single shot, attack and explosion. Book your spot here.
5-14. And bask in the beauty of all of DC’s holiday lights
Although this year, holiday celebrations in DC may be looking a bit different than usual, there’s still plenty of dazzling holiday lights display to catch in and around the city! So put on a warm hat, grab your mask and head on out to bask in the cheerful spirit of the season.
15. Enjoy some haunted cocktails at the Sleepy Hollow Bar
Walk deep into the western woods, where the fog never stops rolling in, searching for this spooky spot. As you step in, you will be greeted by a faithful staff of peasants and other characters. The Sleepy Hollow location is surrounded by immersive decor that will make you feel like a warrior! From gothic drinks, to a punk-dance soundtrack this spot will transport you to a chilly realm far from reality! Book your table here.
This fall, take your significant other or best friend on a super romantic mystery picnic date! When you purchase your ticket, you will receive an all-inclusive mystery picnic for two people made with a spread from local artisan producers including your traditional picnic foods (such as cheese, meats, fruits, crackers, etc), interactive clues and riddles on your smartphone that’ll bring you to your basket and special picnic location. Elevate your date night with this cute and adventurous picnic idea! Buy your mystery picnic here!
17-18. Pop into a merry holiday pop-up bar
Travel to a sweet land made of gumdrops and gingerbread at National Harbor’s Gumdrop Tavern. This whimsical pop-up lounge will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside with its creative holiday cocktails, s’more making kits, and icing-lined walls. It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Book your spot here.
19-20. Get into more holiday spirits
The Miracle pop-up and its tiki sister Sippin’ Santa are back in the District for another year of totally festive cocktails. Get into the holiday mood by heading over to one of these lavishly decorated bars and enjoy some awesome holiday spirits!
Cocktails, cozy blankets and igloos? Yes, please! It’s officially cozy season, so what better way to celebrate the colder weather than by running away from it and sheltering under one Watergate Hotel’s totally enchanting igloos?
Enjoy all the charm and magic of traditional German holiday markets at Baltimore’s German Christmas Village. This enchanting holiday market will feature 50+ local and international vendors in wooden outdoor booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. They will also be offering international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. And with your Fever ticket, you’ll be able to enjoy all this will also taking part in wine, spirits, or beer tasting with food pairings and a souvenir!
- Spirits or Wine Tasting at the German Christmas Village – Baltimore.
- Beer Flight at the German Christmas Village
24. Discover the techniques of a great liar at this mind-boggling magic show
If you’ve ever wondered how psychics seem to know exactly what’s on your mind at every moment, then you’re in luck because magician and mentalist Brian Curry is willing to share all his secrets with you. Join Curry for Magic and Mentalism: The Good Liar and prepare to be blown away by his incredible mind-reading magic. In just 60 minutes Curry will read your thoughts, predict your future and completely blow your mind! Get your tickets here.
25. Head down an enchanting holiday trail in Morven Park
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be hopping in their sleigh and dashing across the country to bring a dazzling Holiday experience to three cities. The creators of L.A.’s popular Holiday Road has recruited extra elves to expand their enchanting trail to Atlanta and Northern Virginia. And their first stop is The Horse Mansion At Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn, GA. From November 26th to January 2nd, the lush hilltop setting will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland for all ages. Guests will stroll through kaleidoscopic scenes filled with twinkling lights, life-size Gingerbread homes, oversized ornaments, and tons of festive delights. Book your spot here!
26. Step into a magical winter wonderland of lights at the Nats’ Park
Reopening November 26, the Nationals Park will be transformed into an immersive Christmas winter wonderland where everything is lit up in twinkly light.. no really, everything! Enchant is most renowned for its Light Maze, completely lit up with Christmas lights, that takes you through an enchanted forest of Christmas magic. An ice skating trail that glows among the many lit installations, is an absolute must when visiting this village. Additionally, a market will be open for you to do some shopping as well as little eateries to grab a festive snack or a warm drink. In the center of the park, of course, there will be a huge golden Christmas tree that is lit up from top to bottom, illuminating the whole park in a golden glow.
27. Count down to the new year with a cocktail in hand at this jolly NYE party
This New Year’s Eve head on over to Hook Hall and get ready for a 5-hour celebration with an open bar, signature cocktails, desserts and snacks, party favors, and of course a countdown to midnight with a champagne toast. DJ Julian Rivera will be bringing in the energy all night long, making this a truly unforgettable way to say goodbye to 2021! Book your tickets here.