Bring your wish list for Santa aboard  the Walkersville Southern Railroad. Photo courtesy of the railroad
Bring your wish list for Santa aboard the Walkersville Southern Railroad. Photo courtesy of the railroad

Must-Do 2020 Holiday Events in DC for Kids

Home for the holidays takes on a whole new meaning in DC this year as most of us are hunkering and hibernating with our core family units while planning to Zoom and FaceTime over Christmas dinners and present exchanges.

While we might not wrangle a photo of our toddlers on Santa's lap this season, the Washington, DC area has plenty of creative and socially distanced holiday things to do, and we've gathered the best of the best right here, from holiday light shows to train rides with Santa, just for you.

Of course, the virtual holiday happenings are spectacular this year too, with online experiences that include meeting Macy's Santa, setting off on a Winter Adventure with the Snow Maiden, and watching Philly's Seaport Parade of Lights.

Be sure to check out our list of Top Holiday Toys, and remember that we're stuffing our DC area event calendar with new events daily! Whatever you celebrate, we're wishing you all the wonders of the season.

Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find other exciting options. 

Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive
Centerville, VA 20121

Meadowlark Bontanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, VA 22182

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

Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Store
Baltimore, MD 21223

Cameron Run
4001 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
1644 31st Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Washington, DC 20007

Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar
172 Fleet St
National Harbor, MD 20745

Washington, DC

Leesburg Animal Park
19270 James Monroe Highway
Leesburg, VA 20175

Walkersville Southern Railroad
34 West Pennsylvania Ave
Walkersville, MD 21793

District Wharf
District Square District Pier
Washington, 20024

Online from President's Park
The Ellipse south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue and the National Mall
Washington, DC 20502

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd and Walnut Street Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Virtual visions from Alexandria's Waterfront
Between King and Oronoco Streets You can see the show anywhere from the Torpedo Factory to Point Lumley Park
Alexandria, VA 22314
Festival of Lights
Watkins Regional Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Winter Walk of Lights
Meadowlark Bontanical Gardens - 5:30 PM Pick
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Bull Run Regional Park - various times Pick
Holiday Festival of Trains
B&O Railroad Museum - various times Pick
Thanksgiving Trivia Game
Pelham Bay Library - various times Pick
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