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Last Minute Holiday Cheer, Don’t Miss Out This Year

Water Skiing Santa

The longest-running water ski Christmas show is back for the 2022 holiday season. Waterskiing Santa normally takes place along the historic Old Town Alexandria Waterfront (once a vibrant commercial port) from the Founders to Point Lumley Park. For more information, visit

Baltimore Christmas Village

Through Christmas Eve, December 24, the Baltimore Christmas Village is back at the Inner Harbor. The 30-foot-tall Christmas Pyramid returns along with a 65-foot tall, illuminated Ferris wheel and a brand-new Christmas Village Carousel that allows you to ride on a reindeer. For more information, visit

National Harbor Christmas Tree Light Show

The National Harbor Christmas Tree Light Show will take place nightly this year through December 31st. The show at the epic 56-foot Christmas tree will occur every 30 minutes from sundown until 9 pm. On Saturdays, it starts at 5:30 pm and kicks off with the fireworks show. For more information, visit

Georgetown Glow in DC

Georgetown Glow is an exciting light and art installation that will be on view throughout downtown Georgetown. This free DC event will run through the third weekend of January. It will feature five works and artists and is sure to be an Instagram-worthy event. For more information, visit

Zoolights at the National Zoo

Until December 30th, one can enjoy a family trip to the zoo at night with paid admission to Zoolights at the National Zoo. While going to the zoo during the day is fun and exciting, seeing it at night lit up with Christmas lights is a great way to add some magic to the trip. For more information, visit

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Every year until just after New Year’s Day, one can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of one’s car; turn off your headlights and just follow the magical glow. For more information, visit

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is an elegant garden trail decorated with a million sparkling lights, perfect for a date night or family holiday outing. The half-mile, one-way walk through the enchanting Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (Vienna, VA) features lighted nature themes and animated displays along a paved trail. Open now through January 8. For more information, visit

Winter Walk of Lights is an elegant trail decorated with sparkling lights. (Photo: Kelly Gilfillen)

Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run

Enjoy ice skating amidst a winter wonderland at Cameron Run Regional Park (Alexandria, VA). Ice & Lights–The Winter Village at Cameron Run offers a fun, unstructured outdoor family experience. Explore unique light displays, snap family pictures or selfies, stomp a tune on the newest light-up feature, and take a spin on the outdoor ice rink. Tickets are available for the Village Only or Village and Ice Skating evenings through January 1. For more information, visit

Downtown Holiday Market

The 18th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, Washington D.C.’s outdoor shopping village, finishes up the holiday season Friday, December 23rd. The beloved outdoor market continues to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, welcoming shoppers for a safe, secure and enhanced shopping experience in the heart of the District this year. For more information, visit

Ford’s Theatre “A Christmas Carol”

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Running until December 31st. For more information, visit

Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Experience the magic of The Washington Ballet’s charmingly-DC The Nutcracker! This celebrated production is set in historic 1882 Georgetown with George Washington, King George III, and other historical figures. Join Warner Theatre again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with loved ones. Running until December 31st. For more information, visit

ICE! at Gaylord National Resort

Gaylord National Resort will celebrate the Christmas season with the return of the hotel’s longtime beloved holiday tradition ICE! will run through December 31 after a two-year hiatus. Using more than 2 million pounds of ice, the amusing holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Story’ will be brought to life in ice sculpture form. For more information, visit

Winter Lantern Festival

Winter Lantern Festival will debut a spectacular holiday light adventure at the Lerner Town Square in Tysons through February 12th. The Lerner Town Square at Tysons will be transformed into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns; all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. For more information, visit

Through Christmas Eve, the Baltimore Christmas Village is back. (Photo: Kory Aversa)