Just hear those sleigh bells jingling! The holidays are in full swing, and Christmas a little over a week away. If you have family coming in to town, children to entertain, or want to find new ways to celebrate the season with that special someone, you’re in the right place. The Washington, DC region is chock-full of celebratory options, from Christmas concerts to candlelit tours. Check out these four classic holiday activities to keep your spirits bright.
Holiday Music at the Kennedy Center
From carols to concerts, the justly famous Kennedy Center has a range of options to help you celebrate the season. Every night from now until Christmas the Kennedy Center offers holiday-themed performances, including A Candlelight Christmas with the Washington Chorus, featuring carols and sing-alongs, from now until Dec. 22; A Choral Arts Christmas, from today until the 24th; the 4th Annual Holiday Extravaganza, Dec. 21; and much more.
The National Christmas Tree
There’s no greater symbol of the season in the Washington area than the National Christmas Tree. Located on the Ellipse in front of the White House, the tree lights up every night until 10pm, and visitors can enjoy free musical performances as they admire the lights. If the National Christmas Tree isn’t enough, you can trek down the National Mall to see the Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. The Capitol tree lights up every night until 11pm.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Dance away with delight at the classic story of Clara, her Nutcracker, and their battle with the evil Mouse King. The Washington Ballet is performing a Revolutionary War version of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater in DC through Dec. 27, and the Moscow Ballet will perform the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Music Center at Strathmore in Rockville, MD on Dec. 21 and 22.
Ice Skating at the National Gallery
Who doesn’t love to combine culture with fun? The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden becomes an ice rink in the winter, and you and your loved ones can glide on ice through Mar. 13th, 2016. The rink is open depending on the weather, so make sure you pick a cold day to skate!