Visit With Santa!!!

What: Celebrate the season at the Newseum with a reading of the heart-warming editorial, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Afterward, the One-and-Only Macy’s Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance to read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and pose for photos with good boys and girls with music by the Figgy Puddings Holiday Carolers from the Washington National Opera.

When: December 10, From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: The Newseum

Costs: Kids 18 and younger will receive FREE ADMISSION to the Newseum that day if they bring a letter to put in Macy’s Believe Mailbox. (There will also be a table outside the Newseum where youth can fill out a letter on the spot). Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish® for every letter collected.


Upshire Street Arts & Crafts Fair:

What: Celebrate the holiday season with the 11th annual free outdoor arts and crafts festival on Upshur Street in Petworth! This going to be the biggest year – yet! Come shop along the 800 block of Upshur Street in Petworth, where businesses and restaurants will be open and vendors will be lining the street selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods.

When: Saturday at 11 AM – 4 PM

Where: 800’s block of Upshur in Petworth

Cost: FREE!


Go See The National Tree:

What: Presenting the 2016 National Christmas Tree: A Shining Salute to America. For the past 54 years, GE has provided the lighting for the National Christmas Tree. In honor of our patriotism and love for our country, GE Lighting designed the 2016 National Christmas Tree with red, white and blue lights, sprinkled with stars cascading down the tree, using the latest LED holiday lighting products. Also, check out the trees for each state that are decorated and featured around the main tree!

When: Now through Early January

Where: Between 15 and 17 Street NW, Washington, DC 20500

Cost: Free!

Zoo Lights:

What: The always spectacular, and free, Zoo Lights is back for another iteration. Come take in the marvels and enjoy the zoo after hours. The festivities begin at 5:00 and end at 9:00, just getting to bedtime. The Other attractions include:

  • The Smithsonian’s National Zoo Choo-Choo: take a merry tour through the Zoo on a trackless train that whisks guests all around the Great Cats exhibit and features gorgeous views of the Zoo’s holiday light displays.
  • Snow-less Tubing: take the plunge down one of our 150-foot-long tracks—no snow necessary! (weather permitting)
  • Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel: hop on to your choice of 58 animal figurines, as the carousel highlights the Zoo’s incredible research and success stories. As one of the few carousels in the world powered by solar energy, thanks to a generous donation by Pepco Energy Services, the carousel is a new spin on conservation.

When: Now through Jan 1.

Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008

Cost: Free, however Ride Tickets are available for purchase at the Zoo for $3 each; 1 ride per ticket. Family Packs are available for purchase online or at the Zoo for $20 for 8 tickets; 1 ride per ticket.


Botanical Garden Holiday Train Exhibit

What: To us there is something magical about miniature trains that run around the holiday season, and we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy them at the Botanical Gardens this year. Come watch the trains chug their way through, around, and under a wide variety of seasonal, exotic, and beautiful flora as well as small scale replicas of some national parks.

When: The conservatory is open everyday from 10am to 5pm and occasionally until 8 for live music, see the list below:

  • Dec. 8: Project Natale (jazz) 6:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 13: Capital Accord Chorus (choral) 6:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 15: Tony Craddock Jr. & Cold Front (jazz) 6:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: The Capital Hearings (a cappella) 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 22: 40 Thieves (Irish rock) 6:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: Dial 251 for Jazz (jazz) 6:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 29: Samovar (Russian folk) 6:00 p.m.

Where: The National Botanical Gardens


Ice Skating

While the weather hasn’t treated us to snow just yet, there are still places where you can lace up your skates and get to gliding. Here are a few of our favorite spots:

Canal Park Ice Rink @ Capitol Riverfront

What: The capitol riverfront has some of the best views of the river and an outstanding park for all of DC’s citizens. If you are in the area we highly recommend skating on over.

When: The ice rink will be open from November 11, 2016 to February 26, 2017 with the following hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday & Thursday – 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Friday – 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Where: 200 M st SE


Admission & Skate Rental

  • Adult Admission – $9
  • Child, Military, or Senior Admission – $8
  • Skate Rental – $5

The National Gallery of Art’s Ice Rink:

What: The National Gallery of Art will also be hosting ice skating throughout the holiday season.

Monday–Thursday 10:00–9:00
Friday 10:00–11:00
Saturday 11:00–11:00
Sunday 11:00–9:00

Where: 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565


Admission (two-hour sessions, beginning on the hour)
Adults $8.50
Skaters age 50 and over, children 12 and under, and students with a valid school ID $7.50
Season Pass $195


Skate and Locker Rentals
Skate rental $3 (ID required)
Locker rental $0.50 ($5 deposit required)



The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker

What: DC’s perennial favorite!  This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones.

When: Performances run from now until Saturday the 24th.

Where: The Warner Theater

Cost: Tickets range from $25 to $165.

For More Tickets and Showtimes click here.