HOLIDAY DISPLAYS SHOPPING & SHOWS The nation’s capital is a winter wonderland of glowing Christmas trees, stunning ice rinks, unforgettable stage productions and enough shopping options to cover your entire gift list. GLAMOROUS GLOW DC is home to the National Christmas Tree and the National Menorah on the White House Ellipse, which light up in December. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is another must-see. In December, Georgetown GLOW dresses the neighborhood in mesmerizing public light-art installations, while ZooLights revamps the National Zoo with animal-themed holiday light displays (Nov. 28–Jan. 1). Be sure not to miss CityCenterDC's festive decor, including two lit-up reindeer that stand more than 25 feet tall, and an impressive 75-foot Christmas tree. National Christmas Tree lighting photo by Ben Droz THE SEASON OF GIVING Grab gift s at District museum shops, including architecture-themed toys at the National Building Museum and gorgeous prints at the National Gallery of Art. During December, the Downtown Holiday Market takes over F Street between 7th and 9th streets with arts and crafts. Find spices, chocolate and homewares at Union Market in Northeast DC. Downtown Holiday Market CURTAINS UP! Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol comes to life on the stage of Ford’s Theatre (Nov. 17–Dec. 31) and The Washington Ballet performs a DC-themed version of The Nutcracker, with George Washington in the main role at the Warner Theatre (Dec. 1-24) Experience a modern take on the classic tale with The Hip-Hop Nutcracker at Strathmore (Dec. 16). A Christmas Carol , Craig Walla ce as Ebonezer Scrooge Photo credit Scott Suchman RINK REVELRY Show off your skating skills on the beautiful Canal Park ice rink situated in Capitol Riverfront. At Washington Harbour ice rink you'll get views of the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center, and have access to Georgetown's great dining and shopping. Explore one of DC's most fascinating museums before taking a turn on the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden ice rink. Washington Harbour ice rink Christmas on Wheels, Bike and Roll FESTIVE TOURS Witness DC’s holiday spirit on a Christmas on Wheels tour from Bike and Roll, which starts at the National Mall (tours available from Dec. 4-20). Head to National Harbor for Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort, featuring a mega ice sculpture and holiday-themed fun (Nov.19-Jan.1).
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