Christmas is just a week away, so hit up these Christmas events in the DMV before the season is over.
The National Zoo is all decked out for Christmas. Indulge your wild side with an after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Bid good cheer to various animals on display (as well as Panda Claus). ZooLights runs until January 1st but will be closed on Christmas Eve and Day.
Thanks to a rotating cast of crafters and vendors, hot coffee and sweets and holiday performances, this magical marketplace is worth multiple trips. Located at 8th and F Streets NW near the Verizon Center, 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 Market is open daily 12 – 8 p.m. through Dec. 23.
This stroll through DC’s most historic neighborhood will certainly make you light up as you pass by unique, illuminated artworks. Georgetown GLOW has proven to be such a hit that it runs until January 1st and goes from 6-10 p.m. A group of artists, from locally renowned to internationally celebrated, will display works in outdoor spaces throughout the neighborhood. Afterwards, wander through a winter wonderland at The Washington Harbor, one of our favorite places to ice skate in the District.
Decking the Great Hall of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building each December, the tree can be visited from the First Street SE entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (the Jefferson Building is closed Sundays and on Christmas). We suggest you also read up on these frequently asked questions so you can properly explore the largest library in the world!