(1) Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

When: November 20, 2021 10:00 AM – Noon

Description: “Held in downtown Silver Spring, the exciting parade traditionally heralds the start of the holiday season.  The parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.  Families in attendance are able to socially distance themselves, as the parade route continues for a mile.  All attendees are encouraged to wear masks to keep the community, our neighbors, and our young people safe.  There will be hand sanitization stations on Veterans Plaza and at all portable restrooms.”

(2) Holiday “Movies on the Potomac” at National Harbor

Description: “Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of the delicious dining establishments, and meet on the Plaza’s big screen for a *FREE* evening of fun for all ages!”


  • November 14 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM : The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • November 21 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  • November 28 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: A Christmas Story

(3) D.C.’s Holiday Market returns

When: Nov. 19 thru Dec. 23 : 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day)

Description: “The 17th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, Washington D.C.’s outdoor shopping village, kicks off the holiday season Friday, November 19. The beloved outdoor market continues to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, welcoming shoppers for a safe, secure and enhanced shopping experience in the heart of the District this year.”

Other Holiday Markets around D.C.:

(4) National Harbor Nightly Tree Show


“Watch our 54-foot tree comes to life nightly with a breathtaking light show in the heart of the Waterfront District. Show runs on the half an hour from sunset to 9pm.”

National Harbor will also offer a fireworks show in November.

Description: “Join us Saturday nights from November 13 – December 18 at 5:30pm for a spectacular fireworks display.”

(5) Dulles Town Center Holiday Festivities

Description: “Santa Claus will be arriving at Dulles Town Center on Friday, Nov. 12 and staying through Christmas Eve, giving children lots of time to share their holiday wish lists and get a photo taken with him.” – Patch.com

Click here to schedule a reservation with Santa.


(6) Alexandria’s tree lighting ceremony – 6 PM Saturday November 20, 2021

(7) Thanksgiving food giveaways in the DMV

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