Figuring out what to do in the DC area for family or friends visiting during the holiday season? We’ve compiled a list of activities and events to keep boredom at bay for every member of the family – and as our gift to you, we’re offering a special holiday promotion!
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS PROMOTION
Make those holiday memories even more special by going as a group and enjoying the journey as much as the destination! We’re offering a 10% discount on hourly rentals from Nov. 15 to Dec. 30, 2019.
Discount does not apply to limousines, motorcoaches or transfers. Not valid on Dec. 31, 2019 or Jan. 1, 2020. Vehicles subject to availability. Standard sales terms apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount.
Please refer to the following promo code when booking your trip: 2019HOLIDAYS10
DC AREA HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Revel in the season at area holiday displays
Get into the spirit of the season with holiday displays at many institutions throughout the nation’s capital, including the United States Botanic Garden, Union Station and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Other holiday highlights include:
- Gaylord National Resort hosts their annual ice sculpture extravaganza from Nov. 15-Dec. 30; this year’s ICE! theme is Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- On Dec. 7, visit Hunt Country for Christmas in Middleburg, featuring a variety of seasonal events including its IG-worthy parade with horse and hounds
- The annual Downtown Holiday Market recreates a shopping village from Nov. 22-Dec. 23 around 8th and F Streets in northwest DC
- Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington’s Mount Vernon from Nov. 29-Dec. 31 – it’s open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
If you’re looking for a more dazzling experience, bring the family to these light displays
- National Christmas Tree: The official lighting ceremony takes place Dec. 5 and will be lit daily from 4:30 p.m. to midnight – find your state or territory’s ornament at the America Celebrates display, which surrounds the National Christmas Tree.
- Zoolights: More than 500,000 environmentally LED lights transform the National Zoo into a winter wonderland with a new interactive art exhibit this year called “Entre Les Rangs” from Nov 29-Jan. 1.
- Enchant at Nationals Park: The baseball stadium hosts what’s being billed as “The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market” – which apparently includes an ice rink – from Nov. 22-Dec. 29
- Georgetown GLOW: This historic DC neighborhood is lit up for the season with the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light installations from 5-10 p.m. nightly Dec. 6- Jan. 5.
- Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights and The District’s Holiday Boat Parade: Both take place on Dec. 7 at their respective waterfronts.
Tour DC’s Wine Country
Join one of our public tours and enjoy tastings at two wineries, or customize your own private tour with door-to-door service and your selection of locations. While the Loudoun Wine Trail takes you through the rolling hills and scenic countryside to beautiful tasting rooms around the county, Bluemont Vineyard, which is staging a grand illumination of 10,000 of their vines starting Nov. 22 until New Year’s Day. For more information:
Sample Craft Beer Around the Region
From the LoCo Ale Trail to DC’s craft breweries Guinness’ brewery in Baltimore (the first in the U.S. since 1954), you have ample opportunity to taste a wide range of craft beer brewed locally. Seasonal highlights include Guinness’ Appreciation Night every Monday in November – first responders, U.S. military and hospitality industry professionals get a 20% discount; Half Price Pint Nights at DC Brau, the first packaging brewery in The District since 1956; and a Battle of the Bands monthly competition in November at Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, Virginia, featuring local performers playing their original songs. Click here to for information on private brewery tours.
Explore the DC Monuments at Night
A tour of the nation’s capital is always high on the list of all visitors, and an evening tour during the holidays are especially entrancing. We can customize your tour of Washington DC monuments and memorials, or leave it to us and we can take you one of our standard private sightseeing tours!
Take a Day Trip
Get some holiday shopping in or watch a Broadway show with a day trip to New York City, visit a floral winter wonderland at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, enjoy one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town, or get in the last theme park rides of the season while visiting King’s Dominion’s Winterfest.
Watch a Hockey or Basketball Game
With the recent World Series win and the women’s basketball title earlier this year, the District of Champions is on fire. Cheer on Ovechkin, Backstrom and the rest of the hometown team as they take the ice at Capitol One Arena in their quest for another Stanley Cup title, or go courtside to watch Beal, Harden and fellow ballers take it to the net. lick here for the NHL hockey game schedule, and here for the NBA basketball game schedule.
Take in a Theater Show
While you can find holiday classics such as The Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet and A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre, you’ll also find other performances worthy of venturing out into The District:
- The Tony Award-winning musical Disney’s Newsies is at Arena Stage Nov. 1- Dec. 22
- The Washington National Opera performs in The Magic Flute at the Kennedy Center Nov. 2-23
- The beloved rock musical RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour plays at the National Theatre Nov. 12-17