Winter whimsy in Washington DC: Make the most of this snow-clad capital

 Wednesday, December 7, 2022 

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Washington DC is a treat to visit in the snow-clad winter whimsy. When the weather turns chilly, the District heats up with alluring light shows, special offers, hot drinks, and much more. The capital of the country has an urban vibe without the bustle, and with wealth of history at your fingers.

Washington, DC, is gorgeous throughout the year, but the Christmas and holiday season make it more enchanted. Plan the perfect getaway and experience Washington, DC’s holiday charm.

Holidays provide must-attend activities and light shows
The National Christmas Tree, several holiday markets, and so much more are just a few of the unique seasonal displays and festivities that can only be found in the city from late November through New Year’s Eve. When winter arrives, Washington D.C., could as well pass for the North Pole.

Discover a special souvenir for your loved ones
Shop ’til you drop at all of the enchanted holiday marketplaces available this season, both online and offline. At the Downtown Holiday Market (through December 23), you can find a unique, thoughtful gift that big-box retailers are unable to provide. You can also browse artisanal items in Heurich House and DC Brau’s online Hoptimist Holiday Market (through December 11), see what specialty vendors have to offer, and enjoy hot chocolate at Victura Park at The REACH (through Dec. 20).

Find a perfect date night theme
The nation’s capital shines as a date night destination with its scenic monuments, award-winning dining scene, and outstanding attractions. Planning a special evening for Valentine’s Day (or any day, for that matter) is priority number one. Whether you want to safely explore the city or relax at home, have a fantastic date night inspired by DC.

Fires to cozy up to
Nothing compares to making your first visit to the National Mall. It’s difficult to avoid considering American history as the Washington Monument soars majestically into the sky, flanked by the dignified Lincoln Memorial at one end and the stately U.S. Capitol Building at the other. You can encounter moving monuments and memorials, fascinating museums, and family-friendly activities if you explore the region nicknamed “America’s front yard.” The monuments and memorials in this park celebrate the heroes and forefathers of the United States who gave their lives in defense of their nation. The Mall is the national platform where movements and celebrations take place, where people assemble to have their views heard, from the “I Have a Dream” speech to the AIDS Quilt.

Lace up your skates and hit the ice
The temperature in DC is generally temperate throughout the year. In the winter though, when chilly Canadian winds howl down the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, residents of Washington gear up for a day (or a night) out on the ice. Check out the best spots to hit the ice in the nation’s capital. Public ice skating rinks can be found in numerous DC neighborhoods

Explore the regal beauty of the national Christmas tree and pageant of peace
This annual custom held around the start of December, started in 1923. A 40-foot live Colorado blue spruce is burned during this special ceremony on the White House Ellipse as the first family welcomes a lineup of performers. There are also miniature trees depicting all 50 states, each of which is decorated with items donated by the respective states. The exhibit features Santa, reindeer, and other characters during its several weeks of illumination.

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