Winter

Winter: Colder weather doesn’t slow DC down.

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Winter in DC

There are plenty of awesome wintertime recreation options in Washington, DC that won't cost you a cent. Explore the winter wonderland that is DC with festive holiday displays, unforgettable events, memorable museum experiences and much more.

Snowball Fight in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Winter
20+ Can't-Miss Holiday 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 light displays, Christmas-themed bars and lots more. Here are some can't-miss ways to experience the...

ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo - Holiday Displays in Washington, DC
5 Days of Winter Activities in Washington, DC

Morning Arrive on Amtrak and start your holiday right away at Union Station . The historic building decks the halls in December with a 30-foot tree donated from the Embassy of Norway as well as a Norwegian Holiday Market. Plus, Union Station’s holiday model train display delights as the locomot...

Korean War Veterans Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC
Explorer-In-Chief: Marvel at DC with These Presidential Experiences

As you know, the President of the United States lives in Washington, DC. Now that the obvious has been stated, you should also know that the nation’s capital has many ways to engage with presidential history. Of course, you can always tour the White House , but we’ve detailed other attractions to...

@brandonmkopp - Visitor at the Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC
12 Ways to Engage with African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is rich with African American history - even more so since the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened last fall. In honor of Black History Month, we present the numerous ways to engage with the vast and complicated history and fascinating culture...

@h.i.o - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture - 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 his 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...

national Christmas tree lighting
What to Do on a Snow Day in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, there’s a snowball fight association, sleds are MacGyvered to great (and not so great) effect and legendary restaurants and bars dare to deliver a cozy ski lodge atmosphere 70 miles from the nearest slopes. Here are a few must-dos the next time you encounter a snowstorm in the...

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 rinks stud three neighborhoods in DC proper, and even though you can bring your own skates to any of them, all...

Ice Skating in Georgetown at Washington Harbour - Washington, DC
13 Holiday-Themed Performances & Shows in Washington, DC

As the calendar turns to December, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights populate houses and storefronts and, most importantly, you need ways to let your seasonal spirit flourish. The nation’s capital has plenty of options, so get that ugly sweater ready for a month’s...

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC
14 Places to Get Cozy in Washington, DC

If you’re not fortunate enough to have a fireplace at your home, or space for a bonfire in the backyard, no worries – the District has you covered. Numerous restaurants and bars have areas fit for kicking back, relaxing and shaking off the brr of fall and winter with fireplaces and heaters to go...

Blue Duck Tavern - Cozy Places to Eat in Washington, DC