ICE SKATING Ice skating at Washington Harbour The Washington Harbour Ice Rink in Georgetown offers sweeping views of the Potomac River and Kennedy Center, while the figureeight design of the Canal Park Ice Rink looks out on an urban setting. Take in art as you skate at the ice rink in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. HOLIDAY SHOWS Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker plays Kennedy Center (Nov.25-29); The Washington Ballet version (Nov. 28-Dec. 27) features unique DC touches, like George Washington as the prince. Ford’s Theatre hosts the classic A Christmas Carol (Nov. 19-Dec. 31) and Keegan Theatre offers up its hilarious take, An Irish Carol. CITY OF LIGHTS Nicknamed Paris on the Potomac, DC has a luminous quality during the holidays. Seafaring vessels turn into shimmering light displays in early December during the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, held along the riverfront in Old Town. Adding to the glow: The National Christmas Tree and the National Menorah on the White House Ellipse throughout December and half-a-million lights at the National Zoo during Zoolights (Nov. 28-Jan. 1). SNOWBALL FIGHT! DC snowball fights When it snows, be on the lookout for fast-developing snowball fights in parks throughout the city. For the latest info, like the Washington D. C. Snowball Fight Association on Facebook. HOLIDAY MARKETS DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET An annual holiday mainstay, the market features festive decorations, snacks, wares and live performances starting the day after Thanksgiving. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AT THE SWEDISH EMBASSY This year, do Christmas Scandinavianstyle: Pick up Christmas knick-knacks, savor Swedish eats and watch the stunning St. Lucia procession at the Swedish bazaar, held on Dec. 5. DUPONT CIRCLE FARMERS' MARKET Serving the freshest finds on Sundays year-round, the market features morning treats, in-season eats and plenty of gift options, such as locally made soaps. UNION MARKET With a heavy focus on food, this artisan-friendly marketplace offers up delicious winter-inspired savories, beer and sweets.
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