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. Watch for the 99th annual tree lighting to take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021.
The annual ceremony will be hosted by LL Cool J, with holiday music from Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris and Patti LaBelle, Watch for CBS to broadcast the ceremony Sunday, December. 5, at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Once lit, the National Christmas tree site will be open to the public on December 4, 2021 and will sparkle from dusk until 10 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.
• On Christmas Day, 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.