Winter is a great time to visit Washington

Some locals will tell you that winter is the best time of the year in DC. All the museums are open (but with smaller crowds), the Caps and Wizards are both playing and the performance venues around town are busy.

When it comes to holiday events, there’s the National Tree Lighting, the ZooLights at the National Zoo, TubaChristmas at the Kennedy Center and many more family friendly winter activities. You won’t want to miss Enchant – the world’s largest Christmas light maze – at Nationals Park or Georgetown Glow a wonderfully unique art event right in our neighborhood.

holiday Hotel Deals

Your best home base for a winter trip to Washington, DC? Right here at Georgetown Suites, with our Cool Winter Special. Stay one night at the posted rate and get another at the outside temperature when you check-in (the average winter temperature in Washington is 37 degrees). Plus free parking. See all the details and book here.


While you’re in town enjoy the magic of the holidays with these festive winter activities.

National Tree Lighting

Enjoy the annual Tree lighting ceremony Ellipse at President’s Park, this event is free to the public and a perfect way to kick off the holidays with the whole family.

Get more information about the tree lighting.



Even the animals get into the holiday spirit.  From November 29th to January 1st, excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, enjoy live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of holiday shopping, along with 50,000 environmentally friendly LED lights that transform the DC Zoo into a winter wonderland.

Learn more about Zoolights.


Celebrate the 46th anniversary of the TUBACHRISTMAS. A unique holiday experience arranged by American composer Alec Wilder with solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium.

Get more details about Tuba Christmas.



Experience the world’s largest light maze in Washington, DC. From November 22nd to December 29th explore this winter wonderland.  Along with the maze, there is a Christmas Market filled with local and international vendors, delicious winter food and drinks, ice skating trail, and even a Santa Clause sighting.

Learn more about Enchant light maze

Georgetown Glow

Experience everything our neighborhood has to offer through Georgetown Glow, a local outdoor public art exhibit re-imagining seasonal lights.  From December 6th to January 5th experience the magic as well as in-store promotions and specials at small businesses in the area.

Get more information about Georgetown Glow


more winter activities

Looking for more holiday activities? Check out these resources below for more information on the best holiday and winter events in Washington, DC:

winter activities in Washington DC