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5 Spectacular Holiday Events Happening in Washington, DC This Winter

Washington, DC is a beacon for diversity, welcoming travelers from all types of backgrounds. This makes it an ideal locale for the holiday season. It doesn’t matter whether the holidays connote carols in a cathedral or a leisurely stroll (cocoa in hand, of course) to see the lights, there’s a festive event for everyone in Washington, DC this month. Ready to start planning your weekend trip? We’ve rounded up our favorite ways to celebrate. 

See the National Christmas Tree and National Menorah // Though the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony is slated for December 3rd, there’s no reason why you can’t plan a visit another date this month. The tree is lit throughout December and is accompanied by nightly musical performances, which are sure to make you feel festive. Meanwhile, just across from the White House is the National Menorah. A celebrated Jewish tradition in the city, the menorah is the largest in the world. Each evening for eight days, a “candle” on the menorah will be lit.

Gather the Kids and Visit the ZooLights // A family-friendly outing, a trip to the National Zoo promises more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights, as well as a brand-new music-led light show. While little ones stand in awe of the illuminate zoo, grownups can sip hot chocolate and nosh on seasonal bites.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Music and Dance // On December 12th through 13th, Dance Place welcomes folks to an exciting, vibrant performance. Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests will join together to recognize the seven principles of Kwanzaa with musical stylings and high-energy dance.

Tour the Botanic Gardens // Make merry amongst the flora and fauna by nabbing tickets to Season’s Greenings: Pollination Station. Taking place inside the toasty conservatory, the exhibit will run through January 3rd, 2016. What to expect: trains chugging along in East Gallery, a brilliant display of poinsettias and a variety of DC landmarks like the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument made from flowers and plants.

Catch a Musical Performance // All month long at the National Cathedral, musicians and vocalists will congregate for joyous Christmas tunes. The impressive calendar of performers includes everyone from the Diderot String Quartet to the Cathedral Choral Society to the Washington Symphonic Brass.

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