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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in DC

It’s 45 degrees right now in Washington, D.C. The one thing you’re looking forward to is cuddling up, with or without your part-time winter bae, and scrolling through Netflix.

You did that yesterday so it’s time to get up and get out. The holiday season is here! Go explore and have some fun.

Here are our top 5 ways to celebrate the holidays in Washington, D.C.

1. The National Christmas Tree 

The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace is open from 10am to 10pm now until January 1, 2017. There will be musical performances throughout the holiday season starting at 5pm during the weekday and 1pm on the weekend. I took a solo tour of the Pathway of Peace last year and it was so peaceful and beautiful.

Parking is very limited!

Metro: Blue, Orange, and Silver Line: Federal Triangle, Metro Center and McPherson Square. Red Line: Metro Center

2. MGM Casino National Harbor 

The grand opening of the MGM Casino at the National Harbor is scheduled for December 8th at 11pm. What better way to escape the cold this winter than staying indoors and gambling away your rent money.

Although a casino isn’t typically the best way to celebrate the holidays, this casino will be lavishly decorated in beautiful holiday decor which makes great IG posts.

Metro: Yellow Line: Huntington (5 miles)

3. Santarchy

Whaaaaa? (*minions*) What is Santarchy you ask? Well it’s a fun non-profit, non-religious event where thousands of people dressed in cheap Santa outfits roam around major cities spreading holiday cheer and goodwill. Pick a Santa or 100 and tell him what you want for Christmas this year.

If you’re in the DMV area, the event is scheduled to start around 3pm in downtown Washington, DC on December 10th.

4. ICE! Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort 

At the Gaylord National Resort, visitors step inside a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 hand-sculpted BLOCKS of ice weighing 2 MILLION POUNDS! This year’s theme “Christmas Around the World” will showcase holiday traditions from Germany, the United Kingdom, Mexico and more.

The walk-through attraction is fully interactive which allows visitors to roam inside the chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit sculpture. “Will my Forever 21 jacket be enough?” No. In fact, guests are loaned oversized winter coats to stay warm, comfortable and alive.

Dates: November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (Closed December 5-7)

Tickets: Adults (ages 12+) starting at $29, Kids (ages 3-11) starting at $21, ages 2 and under are free. Discounted tickets for group of 20 or more are available.

Metro: Blue and Yellow Line: Braddock Road (4.8 miles)

Get more information HERE

5. The Nutcracker 

Nothing says the holidays more than The Nutcracker. Come out to watch an amazing show by The Washington Ballet . The play is two hours long, including one intermission and runs until December 24th. You may order tickets to the Warner Theatre by phone at 202.397.7328 or online.

Warner Theatre

513 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Metro: Blue, Orange, Silver, and Red Line: Metro Center



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