A Capitol Christmas

A Capitol Christmas

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Fresh off of my trip to Maui, this Bistro Chic girl is headed back to the friendly skies later (with status!) this week for my second Fall/Winter excursion and my 12th trip of the year – this time to Washington, DC. Although I’ve been to the Capitol many times, I’ve never visited DC during the holidays. Like any big city, Washington, DC, has many holiday events and sites for locals and tourists to enjoy. Yet there are also a few distinct experiences that lend themselves to our beautiful Capitol city.

The National Christmas Tree – In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge was the first US President to light the 48 foot National Christmas Tree located in the Ellipse, a short walk from the White House. After 89 years, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a tradition that still remains and is one of the most memorable moments of the holiday season in the US.

Zoo Lights at the National Zoo – The National Zoo displays thousands of sparkling lights featuring sculptures of many of the Zoo’s most popular animals, including giant pandas, Asian elephants, and a sea lion. Visitors can also enjoy winter-themed crafts, ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers. Best of all – the zoo and the lights festival are free!

Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes – Visitors can stop by historic homes, including Mount Vernon and Montpellier Mansion, for a candlelight tour, festive holiday decor, carol singing, and more.

Learn more about holiday events and experiences in Washington, DC.

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