Washington DC Holiday Guide

What to do in Washington, D.C. this Holiday Season

Navigating the crowds in the nation’s capital can be tough no matter how or when you’re traveling. Luckily, we’ve got the insider scoop on spending the holidays in D.C. so you don’t miss a minute of merriment. Through all sections of the nation’s capital, find convenient parking spots and book in advance through Parking.com.


1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Downtown Holiday Market

8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Georgetown GLOW

1403 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20408

National Mall

National Mall

National Portrait Gallery

8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Smithsonian Museum of Art

1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

The National Christmas Tree

15th St NW, Washington, DC 20500

Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

United States Botanic Garden  

100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001

US Capitol Christmas Tree

Washington, DC 20004

When it comes to trees, the National Christmas Tree is a can’t miss. Located in President’s Park, the tree is decorated with handmade ornaments from 56 U.S. states and territories- bonus points if you can find one from yours. If one tree is just not enough, make the trek across the National Mall (you won’t be the only one) to see the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Lawn.

For the perfect gift, look no further than the Downtown Holiday Market outside the Smithsonian Museum of Art and National Portrait Gallery. Aside from unique vendors offering everything from jewelry to woodwork, the market also boasts live entertainment and diverse food options. Didn’t find what you’re looking for there? Union Station is always worth a trip, decked out in holiday flair and just the place to find a “Straight Outta D.C.” t-shirt or Shake Shack gift card for that special someone in your life. Find convenient parking to your D.C. destination and have peace of mind knowing you won’t be driving around looking for the perfect spot.

Looking for lights? Escape from downtown into Georgetown, D.C.’s most historic neighborhood, and experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. Parking in Georgetown is easy to book directly through Parking.com.

To keep burning off the holiday energy, lace up for a few more laps at the National Gallery of Art Ice Rink. Other options to get some steps in are the Christkindlmarkt and the United States Botanic Garden’s Season Greetings attraction. Parking in Georgetown is easy to book directly through Parking.com.

With these tips and tricks, your D.C. trip will have you feeling the holiday cheer long after the season is over. Navigate to each attraction by vehicle and book your parking spots in advance during the crowded holiday season.