Winter in Washington, D.C. brings seasonal magic for all ages. With lights and greenery lining city streets and adorning stately buildings, the holiday spirit fills the air. The season officially begins with National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1 on the ellipse in front of the White House. The tree stays illuminated the rest of the month and free concerts take place every night.
Holiday Festivities Near the National Mall:
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—a 50-year tradition of celebration with an 80-foot fir tree from Idaho