Kick off your holiday season with the Pageant of Peace on the White House Ellipse. This annual tradition features a nightly lighting of the National Tree, as well as the lighting of the Menorah and Kwanzaa-related festivities. This year’s tree lighting ceremony will occur on December 6 at 5 p.m.
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 the National Symphony Orchestra performing musical selections by the world’s most celebrated composers. Or spend the evening at one of DC’s many hotel parties. Packages typically include dinner, drinks, dancing and an overnight stay.
For even more ways to ring in the New Year, check out New Years Eve in the Nation's Capital.
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 home of the presidential memorial? From the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, DC recognizes the country’s founding fathers throughout the city.
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.