Winter

Seasonal celebrations, exciting performances and more make for winter whimsy in the District.

Free Things to Do: Winter in Washington, DC

There’s nothing like a trip to Washington, DC in winter . The nation’s capital is filled with free winter activities and gorgeous holiday displays, serving as a great destination to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any winter holiday. From ice sculptures to holiday markets, Washington, DC...

Free Things to Do This Winter in Washington, DC - Holiday light displays, celebrations and more
12 Ways to Make the Most of Winter in Washington, DC

Wintertime is the right time to visit DC. When the temperatures drop, the District heats up with fireside dining, world-class theater and holiday revelry. Plan the best vacation ever in the winter wonderland that is Washington, DC. With a canvas of light displays, cozy vibes and festivals galore,...

@jennrightmeow - Nighttime ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on the National Mall - Make the most of winter in Washington, DC
14 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Washington, DC

As 2018 approaches, it’s time to start planning how you’ll see 2017 out. The city’s bars, restaurants, attractions and venues present you with plenty of options for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the nation’s capital. Here are a few of our favorites from all over the city. ••• Throw down at a DC...

@wwwchris - Concert at The Anthem on the Southwest Waterfront - Events at The Wharf in Washington, DC
Where to Ice Skate in Washington, DC

DC’s year-round temps are pretty moderate, but during the winter – when cold Canadian winds whistle down the Potomac – Washingtonians bundle up for a day (or a night) on the ice. Public ice skating rinks can be found in multiple neighborhoods in DC proper, so check out the best places to hit the...

Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink on the National Mall - The Best Places to Ice Skate in Washington, DC
Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Washington, DC

Brace yourselves, winter is here and along with it, the bitter cold. How will you weather the storm? We’ve got your survival guide right here, and it involves hot, melted chocolate beverages that are sweet, sinfully delicious and sometimes very adult.

@icecreamjubilee - Nutella Hot Chocolate from Ice Cream Jubilee - Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Washington, DC
9 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Washington, DC

Chinese New Year, also known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival,” begins on Feb. 16. The nation's capital is rich with Chinese culture, so it’s no wonder that the city features numerous ways to celebrate the holiday. We’ve detailed events and activities in Washington, DC that can help you...

@mill_burray - Chinatown Friendship Archway at night - Landmarks in Washington, DC
20+ Restaurants with Fires to Cozy Up to in Washington, DC

If you’re not fortunate enough to have a fireplace at home or space for a bonfire in the backyard, no worries – these bars and restaurants in the District have you covered with roaring fireplaces, warm wood-fired ovens and outdoor fire pits. So mosey on over to these prime spots for getting cozy,...

Farmers Fishers Bakers Winter Lounge Outdoor Dining with Fireplace in Georgetown - Cozy Restaurants with Fireplaces in Washington, DC
Holidays in the White House: First Family Traditions

Holidays at the White House are a family affair…with thousands of guests. Each December, the president and their family deck the White House’s halls and opens the doors for dozens of parties and public tours. It’s a big job to prepare the country’s most famous residence for a month of celebrations...

The White House and the National Christmas Tree - Presidential Holiday Traditions in Washington, DC
Everything You Need to Know About DC's Downtown Holiday Market

Where is the Downtown Holiday Market? What’s nearby? Located at 8th and F Streets NW, the Downtown Holiday Market holds down the area in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery . At night, its bright lights bring Penn Quarter and Chinatown to life, providing a...

Holiday Shopping at the Downtown Holiday Market - Christmas and Holiday Market in Washington, DC
20 Dazzling Holiday Light Displays & Events in Washington, DC

Sure, the District might be part of the Mid-Atlantic region, but it feels more like the North Pole during the holidays thanks to the National Christmas Tree, countless holiday markets, one-of-a-kind seasonal light displays, Christmas-themed bars and lots more. Here are some of the best, can't-miss...

@fiz1point5 - ZooLights winter holiday celebration at Smithsonian National Zoo - Free family friendly things to do in Washington, DC