(1) CityCenter activities – Holiday Music in The Plaza

Description: “Enjoy the sounds of the season with festive holiday music in The Plaza at CityCenter. Join us as we welcome award-winning violinists Stephanie Mathias and Christine Kharazian to perform in The Plaza.”



Friday December 17th – Saturday, December 18th

(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!”


  • December 19 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation*
  • December 26 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Polar Express*
  • January 2 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: It’s a Wonderful Life

(3) Free hot chocolate at Franklin Park

Description: “Holiday carols and hot chocolate that will warm your soul and spirit. Hot chocolate will be served from 3:30-5:30 pm (the first 100 cups free).”

Next event: December 18th

(4) Downtown Holiday Market remains until December 23, 2021


(5) National Harbor Nightly Tree Show

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

(6) Dulles Town Center Holiday Festivities

When: Santa Claus “will stay 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.

(7) Check out the National Christmas Tree near the White House

“The tradition of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse began with President Calvin Coolidge over 90 years ago when he lit a 48 foot Balsam Fir from Vermont decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white, and green on Christmas Eve 1923. Today, the tree lighting remains a beloved holiday event in Washington, DC.”

Description: “The Pathway of Peace site is free to visit and open to the public December 4 through January 1, 2022. Hours are 10:00 am-10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday, and 10:00 am-11:00 pm Friday and Saturday.”

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Journalist in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia)

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