If you’re planning a staycation in Washington DC this year then be reassured that there are a ton of things to do over this winter break. Here are 5 great winter and holiday themed staycation ideas to make your staycation in Washington DC well worth the time you won’t spend travelling.
From historical events to Christmas lights we have your holiday covered with 5 December events that will help make your staycation an experience to be remembered. However, these events are not limited to residents and anyone travelling to Washington DC should take a look at these local events at some of DC’s best attractions.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Check out historic Mt. Vernon during the holidays for a special treat. Mt. Vernon by candlelight runs every weekend from November 26th to December 19th and has fireside carols, hot cider and ginger cookies, as well as a tour of the mansion’s first and second floors. Tickets are a little steep at $20 for adults and $14 for children 11 and under but it is sure to make a memorable staycation outing. Tickets can be purchased online via the Mount Vernon Webisite.
Lighting of the National Christmas Tree
The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is always an attraction in Washington DC and makes a great destination for your staycation. If you don’t want to make the trip in for the lighting then you can even watch it on-demand and online, then visit the Christmas tree the next day as part of a staycation visit to the national mall and Smithsonian. This year the lighting will take place on Thursday December 9th at 5pm and tickets need to be purchased in advance. Details will be available on the National Christmas Tree Website.
Union Station has their own schedule of holiday activities and holiday lights, including their own Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday December 2nd at 6pm. Every year the tree is donated by Norway to the people of Washington and this year it will be lit by the Ambassador of Norway. While you’re there stop by the Norwegian Giant Model Train exhibit in the West Hall and enjoy the Children’s Chorus of Washington as they perform holiday songs.
Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center
Wolf Trap is just a short drive into Virginia and they’ll host their annual Holiday Sing-A-Long on December 5th at the Filene Center. This year the United States Marine Band and choir and vocal groups from across the region will lead a sing-a-long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Shops will also be open until 9 so you can get a little shopping done too. What’s the best thing about this staycation event? Its absolutely free and no tickets are required, although parking is limited so arrive early!
Baltimore Christmas Parade
If you want a day trip out of town completely then why not head up to Baltimore for the 38th annual Mayors Christmas Parade, which starts at 2pm on December 5th. Last year a 2.5 mile route packed in 25,000 people to watch Santa and about 160 other marching units. What’s something really cool about the parade? This year’s Grand Marshall is Baltimore’s John Astin, who appeared as Gomez Addams in the Adams Family TV Series in the 1960s.