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Looking for something fun to do this month? These DC events will get you in the holiday spirit.

One of the perks of living in D.C. is a variety of special holiday activities during the Christmas season. Our real estate agents watch the entire city light up with Christmas light and fireworks events, festive downtown markets, holiday art exhibits, and magical holiday musicals that bring the Christmas spirit to people of all ages.

Whether you're a D.C. resident, looking for D.C. homes for sale, or visiting family and friends for the holidays, you'll find a variety of fun-filled holiday events to celebrate the season. Take a look at some of the special events you don't want to miss.

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Want to celebrate the holiday season with lights and fireworks? You can do both with spectacular family-friendly shows overlooking the Potomac River. Mount Vernon offers a variety of sparkling holiday activities set in a beautiful historic background:

  • Mansion Tours – During the holidays, you can tour the mansion to get a closer look at the Washington home. Tours are held daily from 5:30 pm to 7:20 pm.

  •  Fireworks – Listen to seasons greetings by General Washington as you watch a spectacular fireworks show over the Potomac River, beginning nightly at 8 pm.
  • Wintry Lights – Watch the Mansion glow with dazzling blue and lavender moving wintry light patterns while you listen to classic holiday music and patriotic inspirational quotes.

  • Winter Encampment – As you stroll the grounds, you can visit a recreation of an 18th-century encampment with Christmas carolers, a working Blacksmith Shop, and Aladdin the Camel.

  • Winter Market – You will be amazed by beautiful, handcrafted 18th- century wares, cutlery, and crafts on display for sale at the Winter Market.

The Downtown Holiday Market

D.C. hosts a variety of holiday markets around the city, but one that attracts special attention is the Downtown Holiday Market, located next to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This wonderful market has been around since 2005 and features more than 70 holiday vendors. There are a variety of unique Christmas gifts, holiday ornaments, handmade crafts and candles, beautiful jewelry, and antique items for sale. You can shop till you drop while you enjoy live music and delicious food from local vendors. Holiday Hours: Through December 23, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The National Gallery of Art

If you're an art lover, don't miss the holiday celebration at the National Gallery of Art. There are more than 150,000 sculptures, paintings, original drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts on display in the gallery. After the gallery closes, you can enjoy ice skating with the family in the adjacent Sculpture Garden Ice Rink through March 6, 2022 (weather permitting). Holiday Gallery Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily. Holiday Ice Rink Hours: Sun. through Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm.

The Kennedy Center

For an unforgettable holiday experience, bundle up the kids and head to the Kennedy Center for a one-hour presentation of A Family Christmas. The Choral Arts Chorus will take you on a merry sing-along experience with children's holiday classics. The one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5 and up, and during the concert they will get a special visit from Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty. This holiday adventure will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit and have your kids singing all the way home. Available Dates and Tickets: call (202) 467-4600 or toll-free (800) 444-1324.

If you're interested in purchasing or selling a home in the D.C. area, contact us for available property and prices in local areas of interest.

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