Festival of Lights
Lights on the Bay has something for everyone in the family. Children can participate in a nightly scavenger hunt, challenging them to find items within the show, answer display-related questions and enter a drawing to win prizes. The show is open to drivers each night, including holidays, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $15.00 per car. Large passenger vans, minibusses and trolleys are $30.00. Buses are $50.00
A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights to transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!
Various locations in Georgetown; Dec 1 - Jan 6, 5-10 p.m., free.
Georgetown Glow, back for a third year, isn’t your typical light display — instead, it’s a public art exhibit, with interactive works created by local, national and international artists. This year’s draws include a rideable seesaw, two towers whose lights change when people sing or speak into them, and pivoting prisms that visitors can spin to get them to change color.
The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area's great community traditions. Beginning November 30th, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors' Center.
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Virginia. (703) 255-3631. November 9, 2018 - January 6, 2019, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $8 -14
The garden offers a half-mile walking tour of lights featuring unique animated displays with a nature theme and a Gingerbread Village. After visiting the display, step inside the Visitor Center to warm up with some light refreshments.
Bull Run Festival of Lights
7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, Virginia. (703) 359-4633.
November 21, 2018, through January 6, 2019. Hours: Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
This festive display of lights features penguins, snowmen, deer, candy canes and Santa. Monday – Thursday, $20 per car, Friday – Sunday, $25 per car. The event will include more than 2.5 miles illuminated animated lights set to music! After viewing the lights you can visit the new Winter Wonderland Holiday Village that includes amusement rides, an ice skating rink, entertainment, shopping, contests, food, and more.
Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019.
HOURS: 5-9:30 p.m. daily. $10 per car; $20 for mini-buses and limos; $25 for buses; $40 for multi-visit passes for cars and vans (good for three visits).
The festival is FREE on December 25.
You may bring canned food items to donate to local food banks for the holidays. Winter Festival of Lights is Prince George’s County, Maryland’s spectacular drive-through Christmas light display featuring more than a million twinkling lights.
Symphony of Lights in Columbia
Symphony Woods, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland. (410) 740-7840. November 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018. Symphony of Lights is a spectacular drive-through display of more than 75 animated and stationary holiday lights. All proceeds from the Symphony of Lights benefit the services of Howard County General Hospital.
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Upcoming Events DC Area Events and Activities
November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019
The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme this year!
Adults (ages 12+) starting at $24, Kids (ages 3-11) starting at $32, ages 2 and under are free. Discounted tickets for a group of 20 or more are available.
Kennedy Center: Cincinnati Ballet: Joffrey's The Nutcracker danced to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC
Warner Theatre The Nutcracker:
The Washington Ballet, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC
(202) 397-7328 or (800) 551-7328
The National Ballet:
Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Road, NE Washington DC.
Let us relieve you of the stress of entertainment and transportation. We have some cool suggestions for entertaining yourself, the kids and or guests.
The night of December 31
Kingbird Party at the Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington DC. Culinary stations, live performances by DJ Howie, champagne and sorbet float station.
7:30PM 9:00PM 10:30 PM
Black Tie Optional or Cocktail Attire Requested
The Manor, 1327 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC. This event includes a one-hour open bar, DC's own DJ Will G., and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Burlesque dancers will be performing throughout the venue.
Maté Lounge DC, 3101 K Street, NW Washington DC. Enjoy two hours of sushi and Latin fusion cuisine followed by a midnight champagne toast. Music by amazing beats by DJ Pandu.
Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC. (202) 944-2026. The restaurant in Georgetown will offer two seatings for New Year’s Eve. From 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. a three-course menu for $80 per person and from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. a seven-course tasting menu for $195 per person with an additional $75 including wine pairings.
Melrose Georgetown Hotel, 2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC. (202) 955-6400. Five-course, prix-fixe menu, $90 and $40 for wine pairing. An overnight package including room and dinner for two, $307 and up.
1518 K NW, Washington, DC (202) 969 2858. New Year's Eve, Italian Masquerade! 4-Course Italian dinner, party favors, dancing until 4 a.m. with one of DC's hottest DJs. Valet Parking is available. Early Seating, 4:30-7 p.m., $59 per person, Dinner and Party, 7:30-10 p.m., $78 per person.
ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!