Local Activities | December 16, 2015
Celebrate the holiday season by attending special events and visiting attractions in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas over the next few weeks. There are many events from outdoor skating rinks to great light displays for the entire family, with most of the attractions open through the beginning of the New Year. Many concerts, plays, and special performances take place during the holiday season in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center and other venues in town. Discover just a few of the many holiday attractions to experience this holiday season in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas below.
The Washington D.C. area hosts a variety of holiday events from traveling back in time to celebrate Christmas in 18th century Virginia to sliding down ice slides at the National Harbor. Christmas Day is a perfect day to explore the monuments and the memorials on the National Mall as the monuments are all open and the crowds are at a minimum
Mount Vernon celebrates the holidays with the “Christmas Illusions” on December 18th and 19th. Visitors can take a candlelight tour of the mansion, sing carols, learn the latest in 18th century dance moves, visit a Revolutionary War encampment, and much more. There will also be fireworks choreographed to holiday music at 9pm each evening. Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year.
The National Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland as zoo exhibits are lit with over 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights every holiday season. Zoo Lights running now through January 2nd, has free entertainment, gingerbread house making events, a “snow-tube” track, train rides and light shows set to music.
Explore the conservatories of the U.S. Botanical Gardens for the 2015 holiday program, Season’s Greetings: Pollination Station . Let your imagination soar in the scenic wonderland displays with oversized flowers, bees and butterflies. The botanical gardens also has model train displays with miniatures of Washington D.C. landmarks and lots of greenery. There is special entertainment planned throughout the holiday season.
ICE! is presented at the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. ICE! is an interactive holiday extravaganza featuring images and characters from the iconic “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. The holiday extravaganza has holiday displays, five ice slides and two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures!
The Baltimore area has quite a few great family friendly holiday activities running through the end of the year.
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a centerpiece for holiday cheer in Baltimore with its many museums, parks and restaurants all hosting holiday events. The Inner Harbor in Baltimore is also home to the German Christmas Village, an outdoor skating rink, and family friendly events at the Maryland Museum of Science and National Aquarium.
The B & O Railroad Museum hosts The Magical Holiday Express , with family friendly events and activities throughout the holiday season. There are toy train displays of all shapes and sizes, arts and crafts, train rides and more! The events run through January 3, 2016.
There are many Christmas light displays to visit in Maryland during the holiday season. Many Maryland city and regional parks are transformed into twinkling winter wonderlands for drive-thru and walking visitors.
The Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park returns for another season of holiday display in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The park is open nightly now to December 31st for a 3.5 mile drive through an enchanted holiday forest with over 365 illuminated displays, including 65 animated vignettes. The proceeds of the Winter Lights festival benefit local charities.
Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park is a scenic drive through a 2 mile holiday light spectacle along the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis. There are over 70 holiday light displays with themes ranging from dinosaurs to enchanted fairies. The light show runs to January 2, 2016. There are family friendly events, scavenger hunts for children and entertainment. The holiday light show is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
One of the biggest and boldest holiday light displays is Miracle on 34th Street in the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore. Miracle on 34th Street is still going strong after 69 years! The lights welcome visitors from around the world every evening from dusk to 11pm until Thursday, January 1st. The row of houses in the neighborhood from the 700 block of 34th Street between Kenwick Road and Chestnut Street are decorated in all styles and traditions ranging from trains, animated figures, Walt Disney characters, artwork, Hanukkah menorahs and holiday symbols.
There is so much to enjoy over the holiday season in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas! Most of these events run through January 2nd, which gives you plenty of time to see before they go away until next year’s holiday season.
Once the holidays are over, it is time to think about taking down and store the holiday decorations for another year. Self storage is a great option for holiday decoration from holiday wreaths to artificial Christmas trees to seasonal decorations. ezStorage self storage locations will be closed on Christmas Day, but will reopen at regular office hours on December 26th. Customers can still access their storage units via regular gate access hours. ezStorage wishes everyone a safe and happy Christmas!