Head to the White House Ellipse for a nightly lighting of the National Christmas Tree, a national holiday symbol since it was first decorated in 1923.
Holiday spirit flows freely at the Downtown Holiday Market, located in Penn Quarter. The market has over 180 vendors, as well as music, food and coffee for chilly winter days and nights.
The lighting of the National Chanukah Menorah takes place on December 16, a festive gathering featuring live music, menorah kits, hot latkes and donuts.
Ring in the new year in the nation’s capital. For a classic Washington experience, try New Year’s Eve at the Kennedy Center, featuring Grammy Award-winning band Ozomatli, along with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. Many of DC’s hotels throw elaborate parties as well. Packages typically include dinner, drinks, dancing and an overnight stay.
In February, DC stands for Date City. Washington is chock full of places for a romantic rendezvous, and Valentine’s Day (and the rest of winter) is a great time to snuggle up with your sweetheart. Find everything you need for a great date with Date Nights DC, our website dedicated to finding romance in the city.
Washington, DC is home to the brand-new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, making it the perfect place to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The moving memorial features a 30-foot statue of the civil rights leader and engraved inscriptions from many of his speeches.
The long weekend is also a great time to experience Washington, DC’s ongoing Civil War to Civil Rights commemoration. The nation’s capital served an important role in both the Civil War and the civil rights movement. From a tour of Lincoln’s Cottage to honoring those who served in the war at the African American Civil War Museum, Civil War to Civil Rights takes a compelling, citywide look at these significant times.
What better place to celebrate Presidents Day than the city in which the President resides? From the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, DC recognizes the country’s founding fathers with aplomb.
In addition to our many memorials (Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR, to name a few), the nation’s capital is filled with presidential attractions. Pose for pictures with every president at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., or see the First Lady’s gowns at the National Museum of American History. Of course, you can see living history with a tour of the White House (reservations must be made in advance), or tour the White House Visitors Center across the street.