Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. Photo by Richard Nowitz for Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. Photo by Richard Nowitz for Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association

Free Holiday and Christmas Events for DC Kids

The holiday season can be an expensive time of year. Spreading holiday cheer to friends and family doesn't usually happen for free, but there are many ways to celebrate the season that don't break the bank. DC families have lots to choose from, from Christmas lights to Santa sightings and more. Read on for our top FREE picks for Christmas and holiday events in and around the nation's capital.

For more ideas for seasonal fun, check out our must-do holiday activities and breakfast with Santa events.


Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria, VA

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Mobtown Brewing Company
4015 Foster Avenue #400
Baltimore, MD 21224

King Farm Village Center
302 - 404 King Farm Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850

The Wharf
760 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

1 Prince St
Alexandria, 22314

Parkridge Center
11096 Bulloch Drive
Manassas, VA 20109

F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
2401 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037