Winter

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

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
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
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
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...

@dccitygirl - Union Station Illuminated During the Holidays - 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
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
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
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
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