Visit your local Christmas attractions in Washington D.C.

There are plenty of fun things to do in Washington D.C. for Christmas.  The nation’s capital offers a myriad of tourist attractions year round. This city’s charm is truly enhanced at Christmas time.  Holiday attractions in Washington D.C. range from viewing the National Christmas to visiting the downtown holiday market.  Whatever your liking, there is something for all family members to enjoy in Washington D.C. at Christmas time. 

The National Christmas Tree

The National Christmas Tree is located on the Ellipse lawn just south of the White House.  The gigantic Christmas tree is accompanied by nightly musical performances and a Yule log.  In addition to the National Christmas tree, there are 56 smaller trees decorated by the 50 states, 5 territories and the District of Columbia.  The Christmas tree is lit until January 1, and you can  experience this attraction for free.

Downtown Holiday Market

The downtown holiday market in Washington D.C. is located at 150 F Street Northwest.  The market begins during the first week of December and ends a few days before Christmas.  Unfortunately, if you are a last-minute shopper, you will miss out on this great opportunity to find something truly unique for that special person. The market boasts over 150 artisans and craftspeople covering jewelry, pottery, textiles and paintings.  Every week the inventory changes to increase your shopping options. The market is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily

Holiday Model Trains

View the holiday model trains at Union Station.  The Norwegian Embassy presents an unbelievable life-like model of a train winding through the snow-capped mountains.  Additionally, a huge Christmas tree is positioned in te middle of Union Station throughout the season.  The Norwegian Embassy provides this annual gift to the U.S. as a pledge of the country’s friendship. Viewing of the model train is free to the public. 


The National Zoo is located approximately 10 minutes from the center of Washington D.C. at Woodley Park Metro stop.  Thousands of environmentally friendly lights, which use less than 90 percent of the energy that typical lights use, trace the outline of sketched animals and Christmas shapes. The dancing lights are something to see at night.  The ZooLight event starts in December and runs through Christmas.  The times of the exhibition varies throughout the holiday season.  Zoo admission is required.

 Mount Vernon

Don’t forget to visit George and Martha’s home.  In Mount Vernon, Virginia, approximately 15 miles south of Washington D.C., you can visit the home George and Martha Washington at Christmas.  Enjoy fireside caroling, a tour of the kitchen and an experience mingling with 18th century guests.  Prior to leaving, you will receive a recipe for Martha’s famous cake.  Seasonal festivities begin after Thanksgiving and continue through the second week of December during evening hours only.  Admission is $18 for adults. 

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting these fun things to do in Washington D.C. for Christmas.