Lantern Light Tour at Tudor Place– December 7, 9, 14 & 16, 2021
Join us in celebrating the holiday season at Tudor Place! Alongside friends and family, explore the Historic House by candlelight to discover celebrations of winters past. Then, journey through the lantern-lit gardens on a guided-tour as you learn about the Peter family’s Christmas traditions. Visiting with children? Check out our Kid’s Night on December 16th!
Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park– December 10,11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 (closed 12/24 and 12/25)
Photos with Santa Claus from 6:00-8:00pm, Christmas arts & crafts room, live animal encounters, holiday photos with live animals, kid’s indoor play zone and more, bonfire & marshmallow roasting, thousands of outdoor holiday lights, nativity scene, animal petting & feeding, Christmas tree & wreath sales from local farms.
Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon– December 17 & 18, 2021
Kick off the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River. Event tickets without Mansion Tours are still available.
Holidays on the Harbor– Through December 31, 2021
Whether you prefer an extravagant holiday display or a cozy experience, there are seasonal activities for every moment. Nightly tree light show, festive fireworks and I Love Christmas Movies at the Gaylord National, Cirque Dreams Holidaze and so much more!
National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse– Through January 1, 2022
This year’s design includes a background of warm white lights with a delicate sprinkling of sparkling red and warm white sphere ornaments placed in a cascading pattern from the top all the way down the newly planted White Fir tree, with a cluster of sparkling red and white spheres on the lower branches. A simple, yet elegant star topper finishes off the design. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Light Yards– Through January 1, 2022
The Yards is bringing back Light Yards for its fifth year at The Yards Park! Light Yards will continue its tradition as an opportunity to safely celebrate the holidays in a fun and socially-distant way during a time when many holiday traditions and events are not possible. The annual holiday installation will feature the premiere of the installation “Stars” by Australian-based immersive light design sculptors Amigo & Amigo. The larger-than-life stars constructed from metallic mesh feature dancing lights and play festive music, making for a perfect socially-distanced stroll for guests of all ages who want to safely experience some holiday cheer. This free-to-all installation will be illuminated nightly from 6-10pm at The Yards. Head to the Christmas Bar before or after- reservations required.
Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens– Through January 2, 2022
Bring the family to enjoy the magical Winter Walk of lights in Vienna, Virginia. The garden is transformed into a half-mile, animated walk of lights. Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. Purchase tickets online.
Outdoor holiday display at The U.S. Botanic Gardens– Through January 2, 2022 (closed on December 25)
The United States Botanic Garden will feature an outdoor holiday display in 2021. Festive adornments, winterberries, lighted trees and shrubs, and conifers and greenery will be placed throughout the Garden from Nov. 24, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022, closed on Dec. 25. An outdoor train display can be visited in the gated outdoor gardens during these dates between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are not required. The Conservatory and restrooms remain closed, due to the closure of buildings on the U.S. Capitol campus. While the full outdoor holiday display will officially begin on Nov. 24, some elements of the displays will be viewable at earlier dates, as they are installed.
Holiday Festival of Trains at B&O Railroad Museum– Through January 2, 2022
This holiday season, the B&O Railroad Museum is proud to announce the opening of a new Model Train Gallery, sponsored by Bank of America and featuring a painstakingly crafted HO Scale model layout of Baltimore in 1997. And as Holiday Festival of Trains returns to the B&O, we’ve transformed the Museum into a wonderland of festive fun with joyful traditions both new and old. With holiday offerings for kids from 1 to 92, the B&O’s Holiday Festival of Trains is sure to become your family’s favorite way to greet the season! See our full list of Holiday Festival of Trains events below.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens– Through January 2, 2022, (closed December 24-25, 2021)
Brookside Gardens has transformed into a magical winter wonderland for the 23rd year of Garden of Lights. Walkthrough the outdoor twinkling lights and glimmering displays that dot the paths and flowerbeds throughout the 50 acres in Wheaton. More than one million dazzling and colorful LED lights are handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements. You will be dazzled by the computerized light display matching lights with music, fog bubbles, and there will be great opportunities to get that perfect selfie.
Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park– Through December 31, 2021 (closed December 25, 2021)
The City’s Winter Lights Festival is getting ready to welcome visitors for another spectacular season. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees that light up the night. The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, conveniently accessible from I-270.
Bull Run Festival of Lights- Through January 2, 2022 (closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).
Experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus.
Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park– Through January 2, 2022
The Winter Festival of Lights will shine bright this holiday season with 3 miles of drive-through whimsical lights! Experience dazzling scenes that celebrate the magic of the holiday season from the comfort of your own car. This season, they are offering a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride for the first time. Create unforgettable memories with a unique experience while you sit cozied up with your loved ones through the Winter Festival of Lights. Experience dazzling scenes that celebrate the magic of the holiday season. LIMITED SPOTS. Preregistration required. Don’t forget your hats, gloves, and blanket.
Merriweather Symphony of Lights– Through January 2, 2022 (ALSO A WALK-THROUGH OPTION)
The Symphony of Lights has been a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition set in historic Merriweather Post Pavilion. Made up of more than 300,000 bulbs, this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. With the addition of new lights and a refreshed course, your time through the twinkling, winding path will surely be a night to remember! You can even celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family at the Symphony of Lights + a final walk through the light displays!
Old Town Alexandria Christmas Market & Holiday Craft Show– December 11, 2021
Just in time for the holidays, come check off your shopping list! From arts and crafts to jewelry and baked goods, to body and hair care, our vendors have everything you wish to surprise your loved ones with! Happy Shopping!
Park View Holiday Market at Hook Hall- December 4, 11, & Dec 18
The market will feature local artisans, makers, and food vendors. You will find hand-crafted gifts and holiday cheer.
Holiday Market at Victura Park at The Kennedy Center– December 10-12 & 17-19, 2021
Just in time for the gifting season, Victura Park is once again transforming into a festive holiday market! For two special weekends on December 10th – 12th, & 17th – 19th, Victura Park will feature an amazing lineup of local artists, craftspersons, and other amazing vendors.
Holiday Market at the Four Seasons– Every Friday-Sunday, through December 19, 2021
Shop the Holiday Market on the front courtyard of Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. With market stalls that feature unique gifts and culinary offerings created by our Hotel ’s craftspeople and local artisans, now is the time to indulge. A percentage of each purchase is donated directly to Children’s National Hospital. Stop by on Fridays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm.
Downtown Holiday Market– Through December 23, 2021
This year’s retail lineup will feature more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) Made in DC program. Six food vendors will provide tasty treats and hot beverages, spread across the market. Additional exciting and entertaining new features include a live stage of exceptional regional performers. Other programming and enhanced items of the market will be announced soon. Hours are12 p.m. to 8 p.m. DAILY.
Enchant Market– Through January 2, 2022
Spoil yourself with gourmet holiday treats and other local favorites at the Enchant Eatery. Then stroll through the Enchant Market filled with artisan vendors and a magical Christmas spirit.
Laurie Berkner’s ‘holiday party’– December 18, 2021 at 12:00pm & 5:00pm
Join Laurie Berkner for an 80+min LIVE interactive, virtual performance (plus pre-show!) for the whole family! Sing, dance, & play games through your device with Laurie as she performs fan favorites and Holiday songs, interacts with you through the screen, & brings in a few surprises – from her house to yours! Your ticket gives you access to BOTH shows (12p & 5pET) and helps the LBB team continue operations while we can’t tour! You can purchase a meet & greet add-on above. Group rates available, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. Please note there will now be a 15% service fee added to tickets, which supports the wonderful folks at the platform that hosts our events. Thanks so much for understanding!
2021 guide to holiday shows, ballets and concerts in and around Washington, DC
Winter bucket list
Holiday light displays
Holiday gift guide and stocking stuffers
Toys & games that are educational
Indoor & outdoor must-haves
Subscription boxes for children
Stuff the stockings with music lessons
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights– Dec. 4, 2021
Tenley WinterFest– Nov. 27 – Dec. 4, 2021
Festival of Trees– Nov. 27 – Nov. 28, 2021
Georgetown Glow– Through Nov. 30, 2021
Hanukkah lightings have passed but were listed here
Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple– Cancelled
Movies at the Wharf– No info