Thanksgiving Weekend in DC: ZooLights, Bluey's Big Play, and More Fun Things To Do with Kids

Bluey fans will delight in seeing Bluey’s Big Play. Photo by Darren Thomas
Bluey fans will delight in seeing Bluey’s Big Play. Photo by Darren Thomas

Looking for the best things to do in DC this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

We can't believe Thanksgiving weekend is already here! This year we are grateful for meaningful time together with family, and there are loads of holiday events kicking off around DC to help you create magical memories. Enjoy dazzling Christmas lights shows like ZooLights at the National Zoo and the Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park. Take in a festive holiday parade in Reston. Or check out the popular (and free) holiday display at the US Botanic Garden.

If you're not quite ready for Christmas—or simply need a break from all the holiday madness—check out Disney's Frozen in Concert or Bluey's Big Play. However your family celebrates, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend together!

Don’t miss our lists of family-friendly holiday volunteering opportunities near DC, the best holiday and Christmas events near DC for kids and families in 2022, and the best things to do in Washington, DC in November with kids.

Places featured in this article:


The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center Opera House

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Prince William Street Commuter Lot

George Mason University Center for the Arts
Season's Greenings at US Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Georgetown GLOW
Georgetown - 5:00 PM Pick
Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion
Reston Town Center - various times Pick
Emotions at Play with Pixar's Inside Out
National Children's Museum - 9:30 AM
Let's Learn Circuits Online Camp
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
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