(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Washington DC Metro Area - 2020 | Kids Out and About DMV

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Washington DC Metro Area - 2020

KidsOutAndAbout is the DMV's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but. . . it's 2020, which means a bit less is happening than usual. 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!

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Mindy Mangan at mindy@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

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Santa Sightings

Multiple dates starting Nov 7, 2020 Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2020 Photos with Santa - Tysons Corner Center, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 28, 2020 SANTA TRAINS - Walkersville Southern Railroad and Museum - MD
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2020 Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Dec 12, 2020 Santa Claus is Coming to Town! - McLean Community Center, VA
Dec 12, 2020 Virtual Russian Winter Festival Winter (Adventure with the Snow Maiden) from Hillwood Museum
Dec 24, 2020 Christmas Eve Breakfast & Tour - The Mansion on O Street 

  

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2020 Winter Glow at Mount Vernon
Dec 18 & 19, 2020 Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon 

 

Light Displays

Multiple dates starting Nov 6, 2020 Bull Run Festival of Lights - Centreville, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 11, 2020 WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS - Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2020 2020 Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run
Nov 27, 2020 Light Up The Wharf - District Wharf - Washington, D.C.
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2020 Winter Lights Festival 2020 - Socially Distancing since 1995 - City of Gaithersburg, MD
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2020 Winter Glow at Mount Vernon
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2020 Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Multiple dates starting Dec 5, 2020 Light Up Frederick! Holiday Decorations Tour & Contest - City of Frederick
Multiple dates starting Dec 7, 2020 LIGHT YARDS 2020 - THE YARDS - D.C.
Dec 18 & 19, 2020 Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

 

Holiday Theatre

Dec 5, 2020 (Virtual) Digital Event: The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
Multiple dates starting Dec 12, 2020 (Virtual) The Snow Queen: An At-Home Theatre Experience from Imagination Stage
Multiple dates starting Dec 14, 2020 (Radio) A Christmas Carol: THE RADIO PLAY - Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
Multiple dates starting Dec 15, 2020 (Virtual) A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas (Streaming) - Olney Theatre Center - Maryland
December 16, 2020 (Virtual) Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
Multiple dates starting Dec 24, 2020 (Virtual) Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker from Hylton Performing Arts Center

 

Holiday Concerts

Dec 3, 2020 (Virtual) #TakeTimeThursday: Holiday Musical Favorites with Tia L. Singleton - Anacostia Community Museum
Dec 5 & 19, 2020 (Virtual) Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long From Home 2020

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Multiple dates starting November 2020 Gaver Farm - Mount Airy, MD
Multiple dates starting November 2020 Hartland Farm and Orchard - Markham, VA 
Multiple dates starting November 2020 Friendship Trees & Christmas Shop
Multiple dates starting November 2020 Cox Farms - Centreville, VA
CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON 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 20, 2020 Ice Skating at Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run
Multiple dates starting Nov 22, 2020 Reston Town Center, VA 

 

Hanukkah

Dec 6, 2020 (Virtual) Chanukah Carnival - In a Box! - Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington
Dec 10, 2020 National Menorah on The Ellipse 2020
Dec 10, 2020 Lighting of the Menorah at The Wharf
Dec 12 & 13, 2020 The Drive-thru Chanukah Experience
Dec 15, 2020 (Virtual) Bite Size Fun - Chanukah Edition from Edlavitch DCJCC
Dec 15, 2020 Chanukah Festival - Old Town Alexandria - Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington
Dec 17, 2020 (Virtual) Afternoon Sillies with GJF - Chanukah Edition from Edlavitch DCJCC

 

Kwanzaa

Dec 10, 2020 (Virtual) #TakeTimeThursday: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa Everybody! - Anacostia Community Museum
Dec 29, 2020 (Virtual) Coyaba Dance Theater: In Spirit of Kwanzaa

 

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Multiple dates starting Nov 11, 2020 (Virtual) Virtual Museum Shop Holiday Market! - Strathmore
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2020 2020 Downtown Holiday Market
Multiple dates starting Nov 21, 2020 2020 Holiday Art Show & Sale - Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts And Culture
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2020 Holiday Market at Victura Park!
Dec 5 & 6, 2020 (Virtual) McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival
Dec 6, 2020 Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair and Christmas Market - MD
Dec 12, 2020 Old Town Manassas Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Fair - VA

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2020 (In-Person & Virtual) First Night Alexandria 2020!

 

Miscellaneous 

Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2020 THE GRINCH'S GROTTO at Tysons Corner Center, VA
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2020 Holiday Movies at The Wharf
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2020 (Virtual) JOY AROUND THE WORLD: Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunts
Nov 28, 2020 A (Virtual) Christmas Vacation with the Griswold’s: An Evening with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo
Dec 6, 2020 (Virtual) The Nutcracker Tea Party @Home - The Washington Ballet
Dec 2020 December Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Kits from McLean Community Center, VA
Dec 13, 2020 Family Fun Day - Museum of the Bible - Washington, D.C.
Dec 24, 2020 Christmas Eve Dessert & Tour 2020 - The Mansion on O Street

 


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