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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Washington DC Metro Area - 2019

 

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Santa Sightings

Nov 30 Light Up The Wharf - District Wharf - Washington, D.C.
Nov 30 & Dec 1 Santa lands at Hanks Christmas Tree Farm
Dec 6 & 7 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade - City of Alexandria, VA
Dec 7 Santa Fly-In 2019 - College Park Aviation Museum
Dec 7 Solomons Christmas Walk - Calvert Marine Museum - Solomons, MD
Dec 7 Christmas Tea with Santa - Tea With Mrs. B - Falls Church, VA
Dec 7 Christmas on the Beach - North Beach - Maryland
Dec 14 Breakfast with Santa - McLean Community Center, VA
Dec 14 & 15 Russian Winter Festival at Hillwood Museum
Dec 15 PANCAKES WITH SANTA - Potomac Overlook Regional Park - Arlington, VA
Dec 21 Christmas Caroling at The Wharf - District Wharf - Washington, D.C.
Dec 22 SEARCH FOR SANTA! - Potomac Overlook Regional Park - Arlington, VA
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Breakfast & Tour - The Mansion on O Street 

  

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple dates starting Nov 29 Mount Vernon by Candlelight - George Washington's Mount Vernon
Dec 7 Holidays on the Farm - Frederick County Parks and Recreation - Maryland
Dec 14 Woodlawn Manor Yuletide Celebration - Montgomery Parks - MD
Dec 14 Museums by Candlelight - Frederick County Parks and Recreation - Maryland
Dec 20 & 21 Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon 

 

Light Displays

Multiple dates starting Nov 8 2019 WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS - Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Multiple dates starting Nov 15 ICE & LIGHTS - Cameron Run Regional Park
Nov 22 S'more Lights - City of Gaithersburg, MD
Multiple dates starting Nov 22 Bull Run Festival of Lights - Centreville, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 22 Enchant Christmas - Washington, D.C.
Nov 23 TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL - Village at Leesburg, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 24 SPECTACULAR MUSICAL TREE SHOWS - Village at Leesburg, VA
Nov 26 Leashes ‘n’ Lights - City of Gaithersburg, MD
Nov 29 Christmas on the Beach - North Beach - Maryland
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 ZooLights - Smithsonian National Zoo
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 Winter Lights Festival - City of Gaithersburg, MD
Dec 2 Church Street Holiday Stroll 2019 - Town of Vienna, VA
Multiple dates starting Dec 6 GLOW IN GEORGETOWN
Dec 7 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights - City of Alexandria, VA
Dec 7 Jingle Jubilee & Tree Lighting - City of Gaithersburg, MD
Dec 7 The District's Holiday Boat Parade - District Wharf
Dec 20 & 21 Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

 

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates starting Nov 21 A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
Multiple dates starting Nov 23 Northern Virginia Ballet: The Nutcracker - Hylton Performing Arts Center - Manassas, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 The Nutcracker - The Puppet Co. Playhouse - Glen Echo, MD
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Olney Theatre Center - Maryland
Multiple dates starting Dec 2 Seasons of Light - Smithsonian's Discovery Theater - D.C.
Multiple dates starting Dec 3 THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS - National Theatre - Washington, D.C.
Multiple dates starting Dec 6 CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators - Encore Stage and Studio - Arlington, VA
Multiple dates starting Dec 6 Madeline's Christmas - Creative Cauldron - Falls Church, VA
Multiple dates starting Dec 7 The 2019 Christmas Revels: “Celestial Fools” - Washington Revels - Silver Spring, MD
Dec 15 & 16 MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER 
Dec 17 - 19  THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER - The Music Center at Strathmore 

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 19 Heifetz Holiday Concert - Kreeger Museum
Dec 1 A Chanticleer Christmas - Hylton Performing Arts Center - Manassas, VA
Dec 7 WOLF TRAP HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG
Dec 7 Handel's Messiah Family Concert - Washington National Cathedral
Dec 7 NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 8 STRATHMORE CHILDREN'S CHORUS: GREAT AMERICAN FOLKSONG FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Dec 13 American Festival Pops Orchestra - Hylton Performing Arts Center - Manassas, VA
Dec 13 & 14 NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! with Leslie Odom, Jr. - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 15 CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL - Washington National Cathedral
Multiple dates starting Dec 15 The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 16 Atlas Presents Jazz: A Bohemian Christmas - Atlas Performing Arts Center - D.C.
Multiple dates starting Dec 19 National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 21 & 22 Joy of Christmas - Washington National Cathedral
Dec 23 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Capital One Arena - Washingtin, D.C. 

 

Christmas Tree Experience

November Gaver Farm - Mount Airy, MD
November Hartland Farm and Orchard - Markham, VA 
Starting Nov 29 Friendship Trees & Christmas Shop
November Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm - Round Hill, VA  
Starting Nov 29 Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Starting Nov 29 Cox Farms - Centreville, VA

 

Ice Skating

Year Round  Bowie Ice Arena
Year Round  Capital Clubhouse
Year Round The Gardens Ice House
Oct - April Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Multiple dates starting Nov 15 ICE & LIGHTS - Cameron Run Regional Park
Nov - Feb CANAL PARK - CAPITOL RIVERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD
Nov - Mid March Reston Town Center, VA 

 

Hanukkah

Multiple dates starting Dec 2 Seasons of Light - Smithsonian's Discovery Theater - D.C.
Dec 4 Hipster Hanukkah Holiday Market - Edlavitch DCJCC
Dec 22 National Menorah on The Ellipse - National Menorah
Dec 25 Clarendon Menorah Lighting - Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington
Dec 26 Chanukah Festival - Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington

 

Kwanzaa

Multiple dates starting Dec 2 Seasons of Light - Smithsonian's Discovery Theater - D.C.
Dec 14 & 15 Kwanzaa Celebration - Dance Place - D.C.
Dec 27 ACM Kwanzaa Celebration - Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

 

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 7 - 10 Museum Shop Holiday Market - Textile Museum
Nov 23 Holiday Art Show & Sale - Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts And Culture
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 Christmas At The Corner Market - Cox Farms - Centreville, VA
Dec 6 - 8 GRUMP Holiday Market - Smithsonian National Zoo
Dec 6 - 8 McLean Holiday Crafts Show - McLean Community Center, VA
Dec 7 Holiday Craft Show - Bauer Drive - Montgomery Parks - MD
Dec 7 Christmas on the Beach - North Beach - Maryland
Dec 7 Solomons Christmas Walk - Calvert Marine Museum - Solomons, MD
Dec 8 Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair and Christmas Market - MD
Dec 12 - 15 Holiday Market from Shop Made In DC - District Wharf - Washington, D.C.
Dec 14 Old Town Manassas Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Fair - VA

 

New Year's Eve

Multiple dates starting Nov 29 ZooLights - Smithsonian National Zoo 
Multiple dates starting Dec 6 GLOW IN GEORGETOWN
Dec 31 FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA! 

 

Miscellaneous 

Multiple dates starting Nov 15 THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride 2019 - B&O Railroad Museum - Baltimore, MD
Dec 5 Scents & Sweets Competition and Auction - City of Frederick, MD
Dec 6 Yule Ball - 5th and 6th Grader Party - McLean Community Center, VA
Dec 8 The Nutcracker Tea Party - The Washington Ballet
Dec 8 HOLIDAY CRAFTS WORKSHOP - Potomac Overlook Regional Park - Arlington, VA
Multiple dates starting Dec 11 Holiday Movie Screening: Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day - Smithsonian's Discovery Theater - D.C. 
Dec 12 Holiday Gingerbread Workshop - McLean Community Center, VA

 


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