Washington Christmas Events

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Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land Tour

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Christmas 2023 Celebrations In Washington

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your Christmas celebrations! Looking for some ideas on how to celebrate Christmas this year, look no further than Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is home to the best Christmas celebrations in the country. From the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to the Smithsonian Institution’s Holiday Festival, there’s something for everyone in Washington, D.C.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Christmas 2023 celebrations in Washington, D.C. today!

Things To Do In Washington On Christmas 2023

Christmas is an exciting time of the year, so there's no better place than Washington. Get lost in spirit, culture and fun. Explore the best of Christmas events & parades happening in the city: 

  • The Annual BZB "Shop Til Ya Drop" marketplace is back for it's 30 anniversary this Black Friday! Admission is just a smile! See you there!

  • Kick off the holiday season at the Capitol Hill Annual Tree Lighting! The tree is beautifully decorated by the BID’s “men in blue” every December, and illuminated in front of the Capitol Hill community to kick off the holiday season.

  • Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown is pleased to announce its 19th annual tree lighting ceremony! Filled with tiny white lights and a shimmering Christmas tree, the courtyard becomes a glittering crystal garden - the perfect venue for holiday celebrations.

  • Happy 10th Anniversary to the Heurich House Museum’s Christmas Markt! The annual holiday market has evolved from a small garden Christkindlmarkt to a block-wide celebration, and is a key incubator for Washington, DC’s makers and craftspeople.

  • Join The Wharf for a magical night of boating and fireworks celebrating 30th Anniversary of the District's Holiday Boat Parade in Washington, DC.