Celebrate the Season with These DC Metro Holiday Events

There’s always something fun happening in the DC Metro area, and the holiday season is definitely no exception! If you’re looking for a way to get in the spirit of the season, then you’re in luck! Check out one (or all!) of these fun and festive DC Metro holiday events.

Tree Lightings Galore!

lighted christmas tree

Want to see the lights go on in your home town? Find a tree lighting near you.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Where: President’s Park, White House Ellipse
  • When: Dec 5, or broadcasts on Dec 9
  • Note: This event is by invitation (via lottery) only but can be viewed from the comfort of your own home on December 9 at 8pm on REELZ or 9pm on Ovation. You can also visit the tree any time after the lighting to experience nightly musical performances.

Light Up the Village at Shirlington

  • Where: Village at Shirlington, Arlington, VA
  • When: Thurs, Dec 5
  • Time: 6pm

Santa Lights Manassas

  • Where: Manassas Train Depot, Manassas, VA
  • When: Fri, Dec 6
  • Time: 5:15pm

Leesburg Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Where: Town Green, Leesburg, VA
  • When: Fri, Dec 6
  • Time: 6pm

Gaithersburg Jingle Jubilee and Tree Lighting

  • Where: City Hall Concert Pavilion, Gaithersburg
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 6pm

Savage Mill Bridge and Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Where: Bollman Truss Bridge, Savage, MD
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 8pm

One Loudoun Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Where: One Loudoun Plaza, Ashburn, VA
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 5pm – 7pm

Nonstop Events, Celebrations & Activities

ice skating outdoors

The trees aren’t all that’s lighting up this holiday season! Check out some of these fun activities, sights, and celebrations.

ZooLights at the National Zoo

  • Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, DC
  • When: Nov 29 – Jan 1, 5 – 9pm
  • What: Thousands of winter lights transform the National Zoo into a wonderland of sights, sounds, and holiday fun. There are also craft activities, ice sculpting demonstrations, live performances, and more. And it’s free!

National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

  • Where: President’s Park, White House Ellipse
  • When: Sun, Dec 22
  • Time: 4pm
  • What: Head to the White House to watch the lighting of the world’s largest public menorah on the first day of Hanukkah. There will also be live music, hot latkes, free dreidels, and plenty of activities.

Waterskiing Santa

  • Where: Potomac River between Old Town Alexandria and the DC waterfront
  • When: Christmas Eve
  • What: One of the most unique Christmas traditions of the DC area, Waterskiing Santa is more than a man in a red suit behind a ski boat. Nope, he’s got a parade of elves, a jet-skiing Grinch, and a slew of other favorite holiday characters with him.

Parade After Parade

santa waving from sleigh

March in the holiday season with a themed parade (and maybe a party afterwards, too).

Middleburg Hunt and Christmas Parade

  • Where: Downtown Middleburg, VA
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 8am – 5pm
  • What: A full weekend of events, including Breakfast with Santa, a Craft Fair, Santa’s Workshop, a Parade, and more.

Manassas Christmas Parade

  • Where: Old Town Manassas, VA
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 10am

Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade

  • Where: Old Town Alexandria
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 11am

Alexandria Boat Parade of Lights

  • Where: Old Town Alexandria waterfront
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 5:30pm

Leesburg Holiday Parade & Festival

  • Where: King Street, Leesburg, VA
  • When: Sat, Dec 7
  • Time: 6pm

Ready to Come Have Some Fun in the DC Metro?

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