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If your family is ready to get into the holiday spirit, the DC area is brimming with fun Christmas events and holiday activities where you can do just that. It's best to start planning now, because many of these holiday activities and Christmas events near DC require advance tickets or registration. Whether it's a holiday boat parade, a drive-thru light show, or a Christmas market, there is something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season.
We've rounded up the ultimate list of the best Christmas events and holiday activities in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia to help you with your holiday planning. For even more fun things to do this holiday season, check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC Kids.
Remember: We're adding new events to our DC event calendar daily, so keep checking back for more holiday fun. Whatever you celebrate, we're wishing you all the wonders of the season!
Places featured in this article:
Winter City Lights
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Lerner Town Square at Tysons II
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
Historic Downtown Manassas
F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
West Shore Park
Heurich House Museum
Old Town Square
John Carlyle Square
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Maryland State Fairgrounds