A tourist magnet for millions of visitors a year, Washington DC really pulls out all the stops during the holiday season.
As usual, a DC Christmas will kick off with the lighting ceremony of the National Christmas Tree -- traditionally attended by the President and family and accompanied by musical performances
This year, the 98th annual national Christmas tree lighting at the White House is expected to take place on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Watch for updates on date and time when it is officially announced in November.
Once lit, the Capitol Christmas tree will be shine from dusk until 11 p.m. every evening through January 1.
The annual display at the National Cathedral
nativity scenes from around the world
DID YOU KNOW? Washington DC Christmas fun facts
• One of the hottest tickets during the holidays in Washington DC is The National Cathedral’s crèche exhibit featuring about 80 nativity scenes depicting the story of Jesus’ birth from around the world.
• Head for the US Botanic Garden for a 3,000+ plant poinsettia display, plus one of the largest decorated indoor Christmas trees in Washington DC, together with a model train exhibit for kids of all ages.
More information about Christmas in Washington DC around the Web:
Find out what else is going on in around the nation's capital -- at the National Cathedral as well as the Smithsonian, and other museums around The Mall with additional must-sees further afield during Christmas in Maryland andChristmas in Virginia.
Washington National Cathedral - A hot ticket during the holidays with a full schedule of Christmas services, concerts and craft
workshops. Check out the entire schedule on the home page as the holidays draw near.