What to Do in D.C. (winter edition)

Washington Monument

Visit again at the DC’s most popular attractions, including the Lincoln, Jefferson, World War II and Vietnam Veterans memorials. The snow will give them a totally different look.


National Gallery of Art Ice Rink

The 2016–2017 ice-skating season begins November 18 and continues through March 12, weather permitting. Experience skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith, and others.

The White House

The White House pulls out all the stops with twinkling trees and historically significant decorations. Self-guided holiday tours are available to the public during December. Visitors must submit a request no later than 21 days in advance through their member of Congress. The White House Visitor Center across the street also offers an insider’s glimpse into The White House.

Chinatown & the Downtown Holiday Market

Head to Chinatown for some shopping at the Downtown Holiday Market. With more than 150 exhibitors and artisans displaying everything from fine arts to fair trade, you can find great gifts for everyone on your list.

Union Station

The historic building decks the halls in December with a 30-foot tree donated from the Embassy of Norway as well as a Norwegian Holiday Market. Plus, Union Station’s holiday model train display delights as the locomotive winds its way through the snowy mountains and fjords of Norway.

Union Station Waiting Hall decorated for Christmas 2012.

From 5 Days of Winter Activities in Washington, DC

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