Washington DC Holiday Guide

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Washington D.C. is full of holiday cheer! Scroll through our annual guide of the best holiday events and attractions in D.C. Check out the National Christmas Tree, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, the Downtown Holiday Market, Christkindlmarkt, Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park, and more!

Luckily, no matter what holiday events you’re planning to attend, Parking.com has a spot for you!

Click on more details for each of your selected holiday event(s) to book your parking spot today and assure you will beat the crowds this holiday season!

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.

Looking to escape the cold and see a holiday performance? The National Theatre will be playing “A Magical Cirque Christmas,” which includes jaw-dropping circus acts, stunning costumes, and favorite live carols. Want a more traditional holiday show? The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker will be playing at the Warner Theatre, where you can enjoy the magic of the Sugar Plum Faries! 

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

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.