A tourist magnet for millions of visitors a year, Washington DC really pulls out all the stops during the holiday season.
As usual, a traditional DC Christmas kicks off with the annual lighting ceremony of the National Christmas Tree.
The official national Christmas tree lighting at the White House usually takes place on the last Thursday in November, which translates this year to Thursday, November 29, 2018. Thereafter, the Capitol Christmas tree is lit from dusk until 11 p.m. every evening through January 1.
Meanwhile, check back for updates for the official announcement.
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.