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
Friday, December 6 – Sunday, January 5
Cost: Entrance fees and opening dates vary
Sunday, December 22
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
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
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
Thursday, December 5 through December 31, 2019
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.
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.
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