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Holiday Train Display at the U.S. Botanic Garden The U.S. Botanic Garden decks its halls Nov. 28- Jan. 5 with a grove of conifer trees, a poinsettia showcase and the East Gallerys 800 foot-long fantasy train display. The Seasons Greetings exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most days, and has live music until 8 p.m. on several evenings in December. (WTOPHeather Brady)

Holiday Train Display at the U.S. Botanic Garden
The U.S. Botanic Garden decks its halls Nov. 28- Jan. 5 with a grove of conifer trees, a poinsettia showcase and the East Gallery's 800 foot-long fantasy train display. The 'Season's Greetings' exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most days, and has live music until 8 p.m. on several evenings in December. (WTOP/Heather Brady)
The annual National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place Friday, Dec. 6, but the decorated tree will be on display in front of the White House at 17th and D Streets, NW throughout the season. There is music by the tree most evenings throughout the month, and Santas Workshop will be open, as well. (Photo by Alex WongGetty Images)

The annual National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place Friday, Dec. 6, but the decorated tree will be on display in front of the White House at 17th and D Streets, NW throughout the season. There is music by the tree most evenings throughout the month, and Santa's Workshop will be open, as well. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Whats a holiday season without Clara, Fritz, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince This years performance of The Nutcracker, from The Washington Ballet, will run Dec. 5 through Dec. 29 at The Warner Theatre on 13th Street, NW. (Photo by Ian GavanGetty Images)

What's a holiday season without Clara, Fritz, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince? This year's performance of "The Nutcracker," from The Washington Ballet, will run Dec. 5 through Dec. 29 at The Warner Theatre on 13th Street, NW. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Zoo Lights is free and fun for the whole family. The National Zoo illuminates its grounds with twinkly lights and animal displays every night Nov. 29 to Jan. 1. The annual event also includes holiday entertainment and seasonal attractions, such as the GIN-GRR-BREAD contest and tubing down LionTiger Hill. (WTOPMegan Cloherty)

Zoo Lights is free and fun for the whole family. The National Zoo illuminates its grounds with twinkly lights and animal displays every night Nov. 29 to Jan. 1. The annual event also includes holiday entertainment and seasonal attractions, such as the GIN-GRR-BREAD contest and tubing down Lion/Tiger Hill. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Drive through Bull Run Park Nov. 20 through Jan. 5 for the Festival of Lights almost 2.5 miles of light displays set to music. When youre done with the lights, head on over to the parks Holiday Village for seasonal food, a bonfire, carnival rides and more. (Courtesy Bull Run Festival of Lights)

Drive through Bull Run Park Nov. 20 through Jan. 5 for the Festival of Lights: almost 2.5 miles of light displays set to music. When you're done with the lights, head on over to the park's Holiday Village for seasonal food, a bonfire, carnival rides and more. (Courtesy Bull Run Festival of Lights)
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If youre looking to show off your triple axle, there is no shortage of outdoor ice rinks popping up throughout the D.C. area. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is home to an ice rink, as is the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood with its Canal Park Ice Rink. National Harbor and the Washington Harbour in Georgetown also have rinks up this season. (WTOPBrennan Haselton)

If you're looking to show off your triple axle, there is no shortage of outdoor ice rinks popping up throughout the D.C. area. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is home to an ice rink, as is the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood with its Canal Park Ice Rink. National Harbor and the Washington Harbour in Georgetown also have rinks up this season. (WTOP/Brennan Haselton)
The National Harbor is chock-full of special events for the holiday season -- from the Harbor Light Show to holiday fireworks, carousel rides with Santa, ice skating, and yes, a water skiing Santa. Dates and times of the events vary, so check the website for details. (Photo by Brendan HoffmanGetty Images)

The National Harbor is chock-full of special events for the holiday season -- from the Harbor Light Show to holiday fireworks, carousel rides with Santa, ice skating, and yes, a water skiing Santa. Dates and times of the events vary, so check the website for details. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
The D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints annual Festival of Lights is one of the regions biggest holiday traditions. The temples grounds are decorated with 600,000 lights. There are also live performances each night throughout the season. (WTOPMichelle Basch)

The D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' annual Festival of Lights is one of the region's biggest holiday traditions. The temple's grounds are decorated with 600,000 lights. There are also live performances each night throughout the season. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Hear the Hallelujah chorus performed by a Baroque-period orchestra and the Cathedrals combined boy, girl, and mens choirs at the National Cathedrals production of Handels Messiah, Dec. 7-9. (Chip SomodevillaGetty Images)

Hear the "Hallelujah" chorus performed by a Baroque-period orchestra and the Cathedral's combined boy, girl, and men's choirs at the National Cathedral's production of Handel's "Messiah," Dec. 7-9. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Middleburg is known as one of the areas most beautiful historic towns, and its Christmas celebration reflects its beauty and tradition. Christmas in Middleburg includes a craft fair, hayrides, a Christmas parade, a wine crawl and other activities for kids and families, Dec. 6-7. (Getty Images)

Middleburg is known as one of the area's most beautiful historic towns, and its Christmas celebration reflects its beauty and tradition. Christmas in Middleburg includes a craft fair, hayrides, a Christmas parade, a wine crawl and other activities for kids and families, Dec. 6-7. (Getty Images)
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