Washington DC, and the entire DC Metro area for that matter, has a natural enchantment to it all year round. But it especially lights up during the holidays. From historical landmarks, to awe-inspiring light displays, to the local homes themselves, here are five things you can do to keep the magic alive this December in Washington DC.
Be Enchanted with Nationals Park
Picture a light maze — the biggest in the world — illuminating Nationals Park, complete with twinkling arches, humongous sculptures, and the big man himself waiting to greet children from all over the DC Metro area. Not to mention, the ice-skating trail and bustling holiday market with more than 60 vendors.
- Dates: November 22 – December 29
- Learn more: https://enchantchristmas.com/dc
Let it GLOW in Georgetown
If you haven’t experienced the historic neighborhood of Georgetown yet, now is the time. High-end retail stores, historic row houses and townhomes, and an incredible dining scene — it’s a prosperous community and a fantastic place to buy a home. During the holidays, it especially comes to life in the outdoor show, Georgetown GLOW. Local and international artists display their works-of-art light installations in outdoor spaces throughout the neighborhood. More than 50 national retailers and small businesses join them, offering in-store promotions and special events throughout the month-long exhibit.
- Dates: December 6 – January 5
- More info: http://www.georgetownglowdc.com/
Go Back in Time at Washington’s Mount Vernon
There is something quite magical about going back in time, and when you live in Washington DC, history is everywhere. For something totally different this Christmas, take a character-guided, lantern-lit tour through Mount Vernon, and get swept away to the 18th century with traditional dancing, fireside caroling, and a chat with Lady Washington herself about Christmases past.
- Dates: November 29 & 30, December 6-7, December 13-14
- More Info: https://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/mount-vernon-by-candlelight
Time for Tea at The Willard InterContinental
The holidays are a time to dress up and celebrate in style. What’s more festive (and fancy!) than high tea at the Willard InterContinental? At Peacock Alley, the halls are decked with elegant holiday décor, a harpist plays the sounds of the season, and of course, guests sip fine teas and dine on sandwiches and seasonally inspired pastries.
- Dates: Daily in December from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding December 24, 25 and 31st.
- More Info: https://washington.intercontinental.com/food-drink/peacock-alley-tea/
Get Awestruck by the Clark Griswolds of the DC Metro Area
We all know that Chevy Chase the comedian was named after Chevy Chase, Maryland the desirable Montgomery County neighborhood. Well, it looks like there is no shortage of real life Clark Griswolds in the DC Metro area. Why not make it a time-honored tradition to take the family out for an old-fashioned Christmas light tour of the local neighborhoods? Towns like Bethesda Maryland, Reston Virginia, and Arlington Virginia have some show-stoppers. There’s even a whole website dedicated to uncovering homes with jaw-dropping light displays in Northern Virginia. We love to see the pride DC Metro homeowners take in their homes during the holidays.
If you or someone you know is looking for a Realtor in the DC Metro area, we would love to be considered. It may be wintertime, but the real estate market never sleeps in Washington DC. You just need a team of highly specialized professionals who can provide buyers and sellers with personal service and an expert understanding of real estate in the DC Metro area.
We look forward to hearing from you. Until then, enjoy all the holiday magic that DC brings.