Holiday Events in DC 2023

November 2, 2023 | Inside Washington {Metro} | By: The Goodhart Group

Don’t miss out on the holiday fun in DC this December. Read on below for our favorite holiday events happening in Washington, DC this year.

Enchant DC

Nov 24 – Dec 31 

Nationals Park – 1500 South Capitol St SE, Washington DC

Don’t miss the world’s largest Christmas light maze and village. You’ll be enchanted by the light maze, go skating on the ice trail, wander through the Nordic-inspired Christmas market, and you can even meet Santa! Purchase your tickets here.  

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Nov 30

The Ellipse at The White House, Washington DC

The annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse features live musical performances and the lighting of the large tree as well as the 58 smaller trees representing the US states and territories each featuring ornaments created by students. If you miss the lighting ceremony, you can still see the tree every evening from December 2 – January 1. November 1: Free ticket lottery opens at 10am. November 8: Free ticket lottery closes at 3pm. November 15: Results of ticket lottery announced. Enter the lottery here!

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The District’s Holiday Boat Parade 

Dec 2, 6-9pm 

The Wharf DC – 760 Maine Ave SW, Washington DC

Celebrate the holidays with this iconic DC event that features over 60 beautifully decorated boats parading along the Washington Channel. Event details here

Winter Festival & Christmas Tree Sale

Dec 2, 10am-4pm 

US National Arboretum – 2400 R St NE, Washington DC

Holiday market and family activities. Get directions here

National Menorah on the Ellipse

Dec 7

The Ellipse at The White House, Washington DC

Watch as the giant menorah is lit and celebrate with musical performances and special guests including the President and Vice President. Visitors will also be able to grab some latkes, donuts, and dreidels during the free event. Tickets will be available to the public on November 10th at 5pm. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

NSO: A Holiday Pops! With Norm Lewis 

Dec 9, 2-4pm

The Kennedy Center – 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 

Get ready to sing along, laugh, and embrace the magic of the season at the hottest holiday bash in town! Warm your spirit with a sparking celebration as Norm Lewis lights up the festively lit halls. Purchase tickets here

Candlelight Holiday Special: The Nutcracker and More 

Dec 13, 6:30pm & Dec 21, 9pm

The Howard Theatre – 620 T St NW, Washington, DC

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Washington D.C. Get your tickets now to discover Holiday-inspired music and more at The Howard Theatre under the gentle glow of candlelight.

For more on holiday events in Alexandria click here for the month of November and here for the month of December.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Dec 14, 7-11pm

Capital One Arena – 601 F St NW, Washington, DC

Celebrate Christmas with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s allegorical rock opera, in a story of a runaway girl who turns her life around on a snowy Christmas Eve. Purchase tickets here

A Family Christmas at the Kennedy Center

Dec 24, 11am

The Kennedy Center – 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 

Don’t miss this magical holiday experience– join in on the merry tour of Christmas favorites that will have the whole family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! This one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5 and up. Purchase tickets here.

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