Best Holiday Activities and Christmas Events Near DC for Kids and Families in 2022

Enchant DC turns Nationals Park into a dazzling winter wonderland. Photo by @jny.prz, courtesy of Enchant DC
Enchant DC turns Nationals Park into a dazzling winter wonderland. Photo by @jny.prz, courtesy of Enchant DC

Is your family ready to get into the holiday spirit? There's an abundance of fun holiday activities and Christmas events near DC in 2022 where they can do just that. It's time to start planning those holiday calendars 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 holiday activities and Christmas events near DC 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. And 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:


Lerner Town Square at Tysons II

Old Town Alexandria

Historic Downtown Manassas

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Groundhog Day at Dupont Circle Park
Dupont Circle - 8:30 AM Pick
Groundhog Day Celebration
Maydale Nature Classroom - 10:30 AM Pick
Storytime at Glen Echo Park Aquarium
Glen Echo Park Aquarium - 11:00 AM Pick
Explore More! In STEM: How the Museum Uses Light
National Museum of African American History & Culture - 11:00 AM Pick
Maple Sugaring Walk
Brookside Nature Center - various times Pick
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