Three Things to do on Christmas Eve
National Christmas Tree
The gorgeous conifer lives in President’s Park on the White House Ellipse, where it’s surrounded by trees decorated with handmade ornaments from
56 U.S. states and territories and is accompanied by nightly musical performances throughout the holiday season.
The display is free to visit and open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. while the National Christmas Tree is lit each day from 4:30-10 p.m.
Enchant at Nationals Park
Enchant Christmas is a beloved light maze, billed as the biggest in the world, that will make its home in DC for the first time at the gorgeous Nationals Park from Nov. 22 – Dec. 29.
Throughout the holiday season, there will also be ice skating trails and a large holiday market offering products from more than 60 vendors, including local businesses and international brands.
Expect plenty of Instagram-friendly settings and holiday spirit at this one-of-a-kind festival.
Downtown Holiday Market
Thanks to a rotating cast of crafters and vendors, hot coffee and xsweets and holiday performances, this magical marketplace is worth multiple trips.
Located at 8th and F Streets NW, the market holds down the area in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
At night, its bright lights bring Penn Quarter to life, providing a holiday spark to the neighborhood. But don’t worry, you can shop during the day too:
The holiday market is open daily 12-8 p.m. from Nov. 22 – Dec. 23.