Free Holiday and Christmas Activities and Events for Kids in DC in 2021

Wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Photo courtesy of the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, Facebook
Wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Photo courtesy of the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, Facebook

The holiday season can be an expensive time of year. Luckily, the DC area is full of free holiday and Christmas activities and events to help get families in the festive spirit. From tree and menorah lightings to festivals and parades, read on for more than 25 free holiday and Christmas events and activities in and near DC in 2021.

For more ideas for seasonal fun, check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC Kids, which includes our list of the best holiday and Christmas activities and events near DC. Happy holidays!

Places featured in this article:


Historic Downtown Fairfax - Old Town Hall

Old Town Alexandria

Historic Downtown Manassas

F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery

Willard InterContinental Washington, DC

Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown

Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
Outdoor Family Storytime at Noyes Library
Noyes Library for Young Children - 9:30 AM Pick
Preschool Storytime at Herndon Library
Herndon Fortnightly Library - 10:30 AM
Pixelbloom
Artechouse - 10:00 AM
Story Time at Union Market
Union Market - 10:30 AM
Food for the People: Eating and Activism in Greater Washington
Anacostia Community Museum - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides