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A December Vacation in Washington, DC Checks Every Box on a Holiday Wish List

Destination DC (DDC), the official marketing organization for Washington, DC is primed to help travelers plan unforgettable December holidays in the nation’s capital. Washington.org is packed with seasonal inspiration on a holiday landing page including hotel packages and deals, festive menus, ice skating rinks, Christmas markets, can’t-miss events and more.

“Whether your ideal December getaway includes a family photo with the National Christmas tree and A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre or a morning at the MLK Memorial, an afternoon of ice skating at the National Gallery of Art’s rink and a Michelin-star dinner, we’ll help you plan an unforgettable holiday in Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of DDC.

Special Events Include:

 

ICE SKATING RINKS

  • Twirl around the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s rink thru March 11, 2018. Warm up inside the Pavilion Café and visit Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry in the West Building thru Jan. 21, 2018. FREE
  • New: The Potomac-side rink at The Wharf in SW DC joins the party of neighborhood rinks in Georgetown and Capitol Riverfront.
  • New: Glide on “iceless” rinks at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown and the Watergate Hotel.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND TOURS

  • ZooLights animates the National Zoo with more than 500,000 LED lights, snowless tubing and concerts between 5-9pm until Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31). FREE
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers character-guided candlelit tours, 18th century dancing and fireside caroling, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 17.
  • Holiday in the Park illuminates Six Flags America with lights, rides and s’mores Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-23, 26- Jan. 1.
  • Tour America’s roadside attractions in miniature at Seasons Greenings: National Parks and Historic Parks at the U.S. Botanic Gardens thru Jan. 2. FREE
  • The National Christmas tree in President’s Park on the Ellipse is attended by 56 decorated trees, Santa’s Workshop and musical performances thru Dec. 31. FREE
  • The National Menorah will be lit on the Ellipse throughout Hanukah. On Dec. 12 at 4pm, the American Friends of Lubavitch celebrates with dreidels and hot donuts. FREE

SHOPPING

  • Find only-in-DC gifts at Made in DC, a new store in Dupont Circle and Steadfast Supply in Capitol Riverfront. Pop-up Christmas markets: Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter and Union Market’s Brief Assembly run thru Dec. 23.
  • CityCenterDC, the Penn Quarter’s luxury shopping and restaurant destination, dresses up with a giant reindeer, a sky-high tree for the season. Between Dec. 1-3, a 12-foot-high igloo adds to the Instagram fun.
  • Georgetown Glow, an outdoor exhibition of light-art installations dots the historic shopping district between 5-10pm, Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. FREE

PERFORMANCES AND ATTRACTIONS

  • New: Digital gallery Artechouse welcomes The Imaginary World of the Nutcracker, Dec. 7, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018.
  • The Kennedy Center hosts seasonal shows including Merry Tubachristmas! (Dec. 11, FREE), Second City’s Twist Your Dickens (Dec. 5-31) and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 14-17).
  • The Washington Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker (thru Dec. 24) swaps George Washington for the Nutcracker Prince at Warner Theatre.
  • A richly dressed A Christmas Carol (thru Dec. 31) takes over Ford’s Theatre.
  • New: Christmas Illuminated is one of many exhibits at the Museum of the Bible.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE

  • Toasts the season at Drink Company’s Miracle on Seventh Street, a trio of over-the-top pop-up bars thru Dec. 31.
  • Find lavish holiday teas in the Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC and Tea Cellar at the Park Hyatt Washington DC. The St. Regis Washington D.C. celebrates 12 days of Champagne (Dec. 12-24).
  • Among the city’s New Year’s Eve delights, Michelin-starred chef José Andrés offers tasting menus at China Chilcano, Jaleo and Oyamel.

About Destination DC: Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 1,000 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. washington.org.


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Thanksgiving Holiday Weather Outlook for I-95 Travelers

More travelers than ever will be hitting I-95 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year. The weather is always a condition to consider and this time of year can be so unpredictable. Below is a snapshot of weather conditions for major cities along the I-95 corridor during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Boston, Massachusetts

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New York, New York

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Washington, DC

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Richmond, Virginia

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Fayetteville, NC

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Savannah, Georgia

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Jacksonville, Florida

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Spend an All-American Summer In Washington, DC

Washington, DC is the ideal destination for a summer vacation and Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, helps visitors make the most of it.

“Destination DC helps visitors find their DC Cool vibe this summer, whether that means watching Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall, joining a food tour of Capitol Hill, kayaking on the Potomac – or all three,” said Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC.

HOLIDAY WEEKENDS

Independence Day: Watch the National Independence Day Parade; catch “A Capitol Fourth” concert on the West Lawn and fireworks. Join a private rooftop party like the American Experience Foundation’s July 4th Celebration. Discover more reasons to come for July 4th here.

Labor Day: Walk or bike through one of DC’s National Parks then relax at the National Symphony Orchestra’s free concert that kicks off the Kennedy Center’s season. Plan Labor Day weekend with a round-up of special events.

JULY 4th WEEKEND ITINERARY

July 1: National Air and Space Museum marks its 40th birthday with “All Night at the Museum.” Following an evening ceremony, the museum will remain open for tours, a film fest and party for guests ages 21-and-over.

July 2: Tudor Place celebrates its bicentennial with a party. “Happy Birthday Tudor Place! Happy Birthday America!” offers lawn games, tours of the decorative arts collections and cake.

July 3: The National Gallery of Art marks its 75th anniversary with “In Celebration of Paul Mellon” (May 8-Sept. 18), an exhibition of 80 works the collector gifted the nation. Honor the National Park Service’s centennial: #findyourpark on one of DC’s green spaces or catch the IMAX movie “National Parks Adventure” at the National Museum of Natural History.

July 4: The National Archives marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights and the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with activities, patriotic crafts and costumed characters. Watch the parade from the Archives’ steps.

NEW HOTELS

Hyatt Place Washington, DC/National Mall: The new 12-story, 214-room hotel sports a pool and rooftop boasting sweeping views including Nationals Park, museums and monuments.

Kimpton’s Mason & Rook Hotel: Discover 178 guest rooms and Radiator, a bar with fire pits and shuffleboard. The hotel’s rooftop has a grill, a pool and views of the Washington Monument.

The Rosewood Washington, DC: This property (formerly Capella Washington, DC) sits canal-side in Georgetown and has a rooftop offering views of the historic neighborhood as well as the Potomac River.

The Watergate Hotel: Following a $125 million renovation by Euro Capital Properties, this property houses two ballrooms, Kingbird restaurant, the 2,500-bottle Next Whisky Bar and Argentta Spa.

Find more great hotels in Washington, DC!

SUMMER FESTIVALS, EXHIBITS & SPORTS

Capital Pride (June 1-12)
The theme of the 41st festival is “Make Magic Happen.” Catch the parade, parties and concerts.

The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great (June 1-Oct. 10)
More than 550 artifacts map the secrets of an ancient civilization at the National Geographic Museum.

DC Jazz Fest (June 10-19)
Offering 125 performances at 40+venues, this is one of the largest and fastest growing jazz events in the country. The 2016 line-up includes Maceo Parker, Talib Kweli and Ravi Coltrane.

AFI Docs (June 22-26)
The preeminent festival showcasing non-fiction film in landmark venues honors Werner Herzog.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 29-July 4, July 7-10)
This year’s pop-up museum of living culture explores “Basque: Innovation by Culture” and “Sounds of California.”

ICEBERGS (July 2-Sept.6)
Explore Insta-worthy icebergs suspended inside the Great Hall at the National Building Museum.

Citi Open (July 16-24)
Pros from the men’s and women’s tennis circuit battle at the intimate Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

LOOKING AHEAD

Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Sept. 24)
President Obama dedicates the museum exploring the African American experience in American history. A three-day celebration follows.

Reopening of the National Gallery of Art’s East Building (Sept. 30)
See the $30M renovation adding +12,000-feet of exhibition space and rooftop sculpture garden.

About Destination DC: Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of nearly 850 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. washington.org.

Find more great hotels in Washington, DC!


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