Visit an authentic German Christmas market at Baltimore's German Christmas Village. Photo courtesy of baltimorechristmas.com
Visit an authentic German Christmas market at Baltimore's German Christmas Village. Photo courtesy of baltimorechristmas.com

Best Holiday and Christmas Activities and Events in DC in 2021

While many holiday and Christmas activities and events went virtual in 2020, this year they are back in full force and ready to welcome families across the DC area and beyond. And with so many fun holiday and Christmas events and activities—many of which require advance tickets or registration—it's time to start planning those holiday calendars now. Whether it's a holiday boat parade, a drive-thru light show, or rides on a Polar Express or Christmas train, there are so many fun holiday and Christmas activities near DC in 2021. We've rounded up the best ones to help you with your holiday planning. And for even more fun things to do this holiday season, check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC Kids!

Be sure to check the event websites for operating hours, advance ticket requirements, and updated Covid policies. And remember—we're adding new events to our DC event calendar daily, so keep checking back for new ones. Whatever you celebrate, we're wishing you all the wonders of the season!

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Hanukkah Celebration
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Christmas Village with the Critters
Leesburg Animal Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Christmas at Montpelier
Montpelier Farms - 5:00 PM Pick
Lighting of the Menorah at District Wharf
District Wharf - 5:00 PM Pick
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