How DC Does The Holidays

Downtown Holiday Market – The 16th Annual Holiday Market will go on this year to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region. It’s an outdoor market, featuring more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) Made in DC program and this season’s trending styles from the BID’s District of Fashion Show local designer collections. There are also food vendors! It’s open daily (except some Mondays) from 12p.m. to 8p.m. from November 20 until December 23rd. For more information, click here.

Holiday Market at The REACH at the Kennedy Center –  Victura Park at The REACH has transformed into an outdoor holiday market with local artisans, crafts persons and an array of specialized vendors from Nov. 27 – Dec. 20. The market is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 27th – December 20th.

98th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – You’re invited to watch the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and holiday performances on Dec. 3 on The show will be available to stream on-demand throughout the holiday season. Due to COVID-19-related public health concerns, the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF) will not host a live audience at the 2020 National Christmas Tree Lighting. For more information, click here!

Christmas Lights Spectacular – This event is located at the Museum of the Bible and goes from November 15th – January 8th.  Intricate light sculptures crafted by the same artist that bring the NYC Macy’s holiday windows to life, this event also includes digital displays, music, and live performers.  Find out more here.

Zoo lights on the Go – This year the National Zoo is taking their lights on the road! ZooLights Express features a 24-foot truck, festively decorated with light displays and “Panda Claws”, that will travel all over the District from Nov. 27 through Dec. 19. The Express will visit one ward in DC each Friday and Saturday from 6-8 p.m. For a full schedule and routes through each ward, visit the Zoo’s website.


Festival of Lights – Right here in our backyards is the Festival of Lights drive-through at Watkins Regional Park. One of our most favorite drive-throughs, this spectacular event features dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights throughout the park, including a giant, 54-foot LED musical tree!

We hope you and your family have a wonderful time this year, and remember to wear your mask, bring hand sanitizer, stay 6 feet apart, and stay safe!