Winter Events and Festivals in D.C 2015-2016


Between winter festivals, indoor activities and seasonal events there’s a lot to experience in Washington during this time.

With the holiday season, light shows and enormous decorated trees abound.

The National Zoo hosts an annual ZooLights event with thousands of twinkling lights depicting cheerful scenes. Event is between Nov 27 and Jan 2nd.

The Mormon Temple annual festival of lights starts Dec 3rd – Dec 31st and welcomes all to see its 600,000 sparkling lights, live indoor music, Christmas trees with international themes, and see a live outdoor nativity scene.

There are also a number of outdoor skating rinks offering active outdoor fun, some of which include the Canal Park Ice Rink, Washington Harbour Ice Rink, and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink.

For those who want to stay indoors, there are many fun places to seek shelter during the winter, head to one of the capital’s many museums, some of which include the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the International Spy Museum and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.

Another important indoor attraction in DC is the White House, which you can tour in a self-guided fashion to learn more about our nation’s government, tours must be arranged in advance.

The Washington National Cathedral — the world’s sixth largest cathedral — is another warm stop, open to all denominations and crafted in a beautiful English Gothic style.

With winter comes a slew of fun festivals. The Washington DC International Food and Wine Festival (Feb 2016) allows visitors to sample celebrity-chef meals and over 1,700 wines from around the world. Scottish Walk Weekend( Dec 4-6), Christmas on the Potomac (Nov 21st – Jan 3rd), the Downtown Holiday Market (Nov 27th – Dec 23rd), First Night Alexandria(Dec 31st 9am-12am), the Washington Jewish Film Festival (Feb 24th – Mar 6th) , NatsFest (Dec12th -13th) , the DC Independent Film Festival (Mar 4th – 13th) and the Chocolate Lovers Festival (Feb 6th – 7th)are a few of the many other Washington DC events one can attend during winter.