Best Things To Do in DC in December with Kids: Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday Lights

Visit Santa at Christmas Village with the Critters. Photo courtesy of Leesburg Animal Park
Visit Santa at Christmas Village with the Critters. Photo courtesy of Leesburg Animal Park

Christmas lights and holiday activities are back this December, and that's just the beginning of things to do in DC. Don’t miss our favorite kid-friendly events and activities in DC this month.

Start the month with the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, live on December 2 or broadcast on CBS on Sunday, December 5. Take a candlelit walk in the woods on the winter solstice. If your kids are excited to see Santa, why not go swimming with Santa or take a train ride with him? Finally, welcome in the new year with family-friendly concerts and fireworks over the river at First Night Alexandria.

Find more top December fun in this list of the best skating rinks, Christmas tree farms near DC, and the best activities to do this holiday season.

We’re adding more events to our family activity calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.

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The Washington Auto Show
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - various times Pick
Beethoven Symphonies Abstracted: Mo Willems
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 10:00 AM
Toddler Storytime at George Mason Regional Library
George Mason Regional Library - 10:30 AM
Beyond the Book
Maydale Nature Classroom - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides