Your Weekend Guide!

If you’re looking for fun, entertaining and educational things to do in Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, or Montgomery County, you’ve come to the right place. Our Weekend Guide is packed with a variety of our favorite events and activities that we want to share with you! 

Washington D.C. Events


Feel the Joy of Christmas
in a cathedral


Saturday, December 21 – Sunday, December 22

Washington National Cathedral

The majestic National Cathedral will host its annual concerts with jubilant tunes and carols performed by a chorus, organ, and brass. Expect Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along.   

Cost: Tickets start at $25


Warm up in a ski lodge in the city


Through the winter months

Hook Hall

The backyard at Hook Hall is now The Chalet — a rustic ski lodge straight out of the Swiss Alps. After a day out in the cold, defrost in one of the Chalet Nooks complete with sherpa blankets and fire pits. There’s a full bar with hot cocktails, plus a menu of fondue, pretzels, and s’mores.  

Cost: Entry is free; Chalet Nooks can be reserved on weekends for $100


Get lit with holiday lights
around the region


Friday, December 6 – Sunday, January 5

There are so many seasonal light displays to choose from, but this weekend kicks off two highlights. Georgetown GLOW illuminates the neighborhood with light art exhibits. Light Yards blasts off with the sounds and lights of Airship Orchestra. 

Cost: Entrance fees and opening dates vary


Help light the National Menorah


Sunday, December 22

The White House Ellipse

This year’s lighting ceremony includes Dreidelman and the Macabees, the U.S. Marine Band, hot latkes and donuts, free dreidels, and menorah kits.

Cost: Free. tickets are required for admission.

Northern Virgini


Spend Hanukkah On Ice


Sunday, December 22

Pentagon Row

At this family-friendly community event, you can ice skate, watch the lighting of a giant menorah, enjoy hot latkes, and revel in the spirit of Hanukkah.

Cost: Tickets start at $10 and include skate rentals


Christmas Illuminations
at Mount Vernon


Friday, December 20 – Saturday, December 21

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music. Before the fireworks begin around 8PM, take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs and visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment. Martha Washington will also be on site to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests.

Cost: Adults: $36 with Mansion tour, $30 without tour; Youth: $26 with Mansion tour, $20 without tour


Take a walk through
the lights at Meadowlark


Through Sunday, January 5

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Each winter, this gorgeous botanical garden in Vienna lights up for the Winter Walk of Lights. The trail is a stunning half-mile of lights through the seasonal foliage and water features. Afterwards, warm up with s’mores and hot cocoa by the fire. 

Cost: Tickets are $14.50 online; $17 at the door

Montgomery County, MD


Garden of Lights Exhibit


Thursday, December 5  through December 31, 2019

Brookside Gardens 

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. Since 1997, the Garden of Lights has been a Baltimore/Washington DC area family holiday tradition.

The night wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitor Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly live musical performances.

Cost: Free


Chill out at Gaylord National Resort’s ICE!


Friday, November 15 – Monday, December 30

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

The story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to life at the Gaylord in two million pounds of colorful ice. Don a blue parka to admire sculptures of the scenes from the holiday tale and zip down four massive ice slides. Elsewhere in the resort, guests can go ice tubing or indoor ice skating, admire a gingerbread tree-house village, and catch a 25-minute gravity-defying show, Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. 

Cost: $17.99-33

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