23 Fantastically Festive Things To Do In DC This Holiday Season

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23 Fantastically Festive Things To Do In DC This Holiday Season

To be jolly in the Nation’s Capital! And what better way to do that than exploring the many fun and festive things going on in the city this year? From fun winter cocktails to igloo dining and dazzling displays, here are 10 holly jolly things to do in DC this holiday season!

1-3. Enjoy a magical, candlelit holiday concert in a stunning DC setting

Step into the District’s most exquisite spaces to experience some of the most treasured holiday classics. From Stevie Wonder to Vivaldi, the beloved Candlelight series is bringing talented musicians to perform at venues, illuminated with hundreds of candles this December. This holiday season you’ll be able to enjoy three different special concerts series including:

4. 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.

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. 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.

16-17. 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!

18. Go wine tasting at the cozy German Christmas Village in Baltimore


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 a wine or spirits tasting with food pairings and a souvenir! Book your tickets here.

19. Cozy up in an igloo

Photo: Instagram / @watergatehotel

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?

20. 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!

21. Step into a magical winter wonderland of lights at the Nats’ Park

Photo: Enchant Magic

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.

22. 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.

23. Watch Van Gogh’s paintings come to life at Van Gogh: Immersive Experience before it’s gone!

Although not exactly holiday-themed, the dazzling  Van Gogh: Immersive Experience is the perfect plan to add to your holiday bucket list for some extra magic. Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life this month in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform the physical space into a fully immersive exhibit. You’ll see Van Gogh’s work take over the walls and encompass your surroundings through the lenses of several dozen projectors, hyper-realistic VR headsets, or a mix of both. Get your tickets here!

[Featured image: Instagram / @housethacker ]

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