Winter

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

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
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...

Georgetown Glow winter public art installation - Free things to do this winter in Washington, DC
Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC

Many events , plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Catch ‘em while you can! ••• Winter Restaurant Week – Ends Jan. 28 Restaurant Association...

@a_matos - Artwork at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Free Museum 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+ 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
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
The 7 Best Snow Day Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, even major blizzards don’t stop District residents and visitors from donning their snow gear and taking to the streets to play. Join in a snowball fight, sled in the shadow of historic monuments and memorials or start your own snow day bar crawl at award-winning restaurants and...

Family on snowy Washington Monument grounds on the National Mall - The best snow day activities in Washington, DC
10 Unique Holiday Hotel Experiences in Washington, DC

The DC area has a wide variety of places to stay , from budget-friendly hotels to boutique hotels and five-star, luxury-filled hotels. Check out the options below as you plan your winter trip to the nation's capital.

Nighttime Skating at Top of the Skate at The Watergate Hotel - Where to Skate in Washington, DC
6 Reasons to Attend Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. Start making your plans to attend the Women’s Voices Theater Festival , Jan. 15 through Feb. 15, 2018. And when you're visiting DC...

Performance from 2015 Women's Voices Theater Festival - Performing Arts Festival in Washington, DC
Neighborhood Guide to Winter Restaurant Week in Washington, DC

Winter in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 22-28, 2018. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch priced at $22 and...

Doi Moi 14th Street Washington, DC