Walk off the Thanksgiving meal at ZooLights, the National Zoo’s free annual lights festival. Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo
Walk off the Thanksgiving meal at ZooLights, the National Zoo’s free annual lights festival. Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo

Thanksgiving Weekend Things to Do in DC: PJ Masks LIVE!, ZooLights November 29-December 1

The holiday season kicks off this Thanksgiving weekend, and there is plenty to do for families looking to get into the Christmas spirit. Stroll through the magical ZooLights exhibit and Enchant Christmas, have breakfast with Santa, or enjoy a holiday market. And with only a month to enjoy all the happenings, plan ahead and make the most of the season with our must-do 2019 holiday events list.

Looking for something other than holiday fun? Why not check out some of the great weekend programs happening at museums and education and culture centers around the nation's capitol, from Saturday Mornings at the National Theatre to Law Enforcement Saturdays. As we head into a colder time of year, it's helpful to keep both these venues and indoor play spaces in your back pocket for days that just aren't made for the outdoors. For more ideas for this weekend and beyond, check out our events calendar

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

Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Smothers Theater
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

Jammin Java
227 Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180

Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jammin Java
227 Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180

The National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Helen Hayes Gallery, 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20004

Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center
4519 Rhode Island Avenue
North Brentwood, MD 20722

United States Capitol Vistor Center
First St NE Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall
Washington, DC 20515

DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D St NW Washington, D
Washington, DC 20006

Maryland State Fairgrounds
2200 York Road Cow Palace
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Dyke Marsh
6401 George Washington Memorial Parkway
Alexandria, VA 22307