101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Washington DC Metro Area - 2021 | Kids Out and About DMV

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Washington DC Metro Area - 2021

KidsOutAndAbout is the DMV's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Multiple dates starting Nov 7, 2021 Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's
Multiple dates starting Nov 7, 2021 Photos with Santa - Springfield Town Center
Multiple dates starting Nov 12, 2021 Photos with Santa - Fair Oaks Mall
Multiple dates starting Nov 16, 2021 Photos with Santa - Tysons Corner Center, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2021 Santa's in Town! - Tysons Galleria
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 The Polar Express™ Train Ride - B&O Railroad Museum
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Christmas at Montpelier Farms
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Santa Trains - Walkersville Southern Railroad
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Dec 4, 2021 Breakfast with Santa - Tysons Corner Center
Dec 11, 2021 Santa Claus is Coming to Town! - McLean Community Center, VA
Dec 24, 2021 Christmas Eve Breakfast & Tour - The Mansion on O Street 

  

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Dec 3, 2021 Heurich Chriskindlmarkt 2021 - Heurich House Museum
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Family Dat at Mount Vernon
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Candlelight Tours at the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden
Dec 17 & 18, 2021 Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon 

 

Light Displays

Multiple dates starting Nov 11, 2021 Bull Run Festival of Lights - Centreville, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 11, 2021 Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights
Multiple dates Starting Nov 12, 2021 Christmas Town™ - Busch Gardens
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 Zoo Lights and Santa Saturdays at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 DC Holiday Lights 2021
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Enchant Christmas - Washington, D.C.
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Winter Lights Festival - Gaithersburg, MD
Multiple dates starting Nov 29, 2021 2021 Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2021 Light Yards 2021
Dec 4, 2021 The District's Holiday Boat Parade
Multiple dates starting Dec 11, 2021 Light Up Frederick! Holiday Decorations Tour & Contest - City of Frederick

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates starting Nov 23, 2021 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - The National Theatre
Multiple dates starting Nov 24, 2021 A Christmas Carol - Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 The Nutracker 2021 Holiday Season - The Washington Ballet Presents
Nov 28, 2021 The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical - Capital One Hall
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 A Christmas Carol - The Little Theatre of Alexandria
Dec 4, 2021 The Holiday Show - The Lincoln Theatre
Dec 7, 2021 A Charlie Brown Christmas - Capital One Hall
Multiple dates starting Dec 9, 2021 Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show 2021
Multiple dates starting Dec 11, 2021  Corduroy - Imagination Stage
Multiple dates starting Dec 12, 2021  A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas - Olney Theatre Center
Multiple dates starting Dec 26, 2021 Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker from Hylton Performing Arts Center

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 20, 2021 ACS Snow Globe Series Kick-Off Concert at Carlyle House Historic Park
Multiple dates starting Nov 23, 2021 ACS Snow Globe Series Pop-Up Performances
Dec 1, 2021 "Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey" with Damien Sneed - The Alden at McLean Community Center
Dec 3, 20th 2021 Christmas with Cantus - Wolf Trap
Dec 7, 2021 Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony - Strathmore
Dec 12, 2021 A Celtic Christmas (LIVE Concert)
Dec 18 - 24, 2021 A Family Christmas - The Kennedy Center
Dec 23, 2021 Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve & Other Stories - Capital One Arena

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Multiple dates starting November 2021 Hartland Farm and Orchard - Markham, VA
Multiple dates starting November 2021 Friendship Trees & Christmas Shop
Nov 19, 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting - Tysons Corner Center
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Cox Farms - Centreville, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm - Upper Marlboro, Maryland 
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Christmas at Gaver Farm - Mount Airy, MD
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm - Round Hill, VA

 

Ice Skating

Year Round  Bowie Ice Arena
Year Round  Capital Clubhouse
Oct - April Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Multiple dates starting Nov 29, 2021 Ice Skating at Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run
Early Nov - Mid March Reston Town Center, VA 

 

Hanukkah

Nov 16, 2021 Hanukkah Holiday Market - Edlavitch DCJCC
Multiple dates starting Nov 28, 2021 Lighting of the Menorah at The Wharf 
Nov 28, 2021 National Menorah
Nov 28, 2021 Chanukah Festival - Old Town Alexandria - Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington 
Nov 30, 2021 (Virtual) Chanukah Grandfriend - Edlavitch DCJCC
Nov 30, 2021 Light up Arlington: Clarendon Menorah Lighting
Dec 2, 2021 Chanukah on ICE, Pentagon City/National Landing
Dec 11, 2021 "A Klezmer Hanukkah" with Seth Kibel and the Kleztet - The Alden at the McLean Community Center

  

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 6, 2021 Annual Holiday Bazaar
Nov 11-13, 2021 31st Annual Museum Shop Holiday Market
Nov 13, 2021 Holiday Bazaar & Flea Market - College Park American Legion
Nov 13, 2021 Holiday Bazaar - New Hope Christian Church
Nov 19, 2021 Chesterbrook Holiday Bazaar
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 2021 Downtown Holiday Market
Nov 19-21, 2021 Gaithersburg Holiday Art & Craft Festival (formerly a Sugarloaf Show)
Nov 20, 2021 Finnish Christmas Bazaar - River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation RRUUC
Nov 20, 2021 Holiday Maker's Market at True Respite
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Holiday in the Park - Six Flags America
Nov 20-21, 2021 Mayfield Market 2021 - Connelly School of the Holy Child
Nov 20-21, 2021 Fairfax City Holiday Craft Show
Dec 3-5, 2021 McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival
Dec 3-5, 2021 Holiday Open House - Laurel Historical Society
Dec 4, 2021 Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale - Takoma Park Community Center
Dec 4, 2021 Old Town Manassas Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Fair - VA
Dec 4-5, 2021 Holiday Craft Show - Falls Church Community Center
Dec 5, 2021 Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair and Christmas Market - MD
Dec 11, 2021 Old Town Alexandria Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show
Dec 11, 2021 McLean High School Highlander Holiday Bazaar

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2021 First Night Alexandria 2021!

 

Miscellaneous 

Multiple dates starting Nov 13, 2021 Holiday Storytime - National Harbor
Multiple dates starting Nov 14, 2021 Holiday Movies on the Potomac
Nov 20, 2021 Holiday Photos with Horses and Holiday Market 2021 - Freedom Hill Horse Rescue
Nov 20, 2021 Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey at Watkins Regional Park
Nov 21, 2021 Old Town Second Annual Cookie Crawl - Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Christmas at Gaylord National
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Tenley WinterFest 2021 - Tenleytown Main Street
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 I Love Christmas Movies at Gaylord National
Nov 27, 2021 2021 Small Business Saturday City-Wide Elf Hunt - Fairfax, VA
Dec 2, 2021 A Magical Cirque Christmas - Capital One Hall
Dec 4, 2021 Scottish Christmas Walk Parade - Westie Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Extravaganza - Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Market & Winter Village 2021 - The PARC at Tysons
Dec 5, 2021 Holiday Art Fair and Book Sale
Dec 5, 2021 Pajamarama - Main Street Takoma
Dec 9, 2021 Holiday Gingerbread House Workshop - McLean Community Center

 


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