Holiday Fun in DC

Christmas in DC

Christmas in DC

Are you looking for some activities in the Washington, DC, area this holiday season?  If so, here are some of the best events for the entire family.

The first thing to do this holiday season is, of course, to visit the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace.  This is one of the most amazing trees in the area, and it is lit up from dusk until 11:00 p.m. every day of December.  What’s more, there’s a different musical group playing in the area each evening.

You can also attend the lighting of the National Hanukkah Menorah on the White House grounds.  Each night of Hanukkah, one of the eight large candles is lit.  In addition to the lighting ceremony, live musical performances and traditional Hanukkah snacks like latke are served.

If you want to do a little walking, you might be interested in taking a candlelight tour.  These tours give you a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the holiday decorations of different historic homes.  Some museums also offer tours.  There are a number of these candlelight tours in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and many feature music and snacks in addition to the beautiful sights.

If that sounds too cold for you, stay inside and watch the holiday favorite, the Nutcracker.  Several different ballet companies will be performing the Nutcracker.  You can watch the classic story of Clara and her prince at the Kennedy Center, the Warner Theatre, or the Momentum Dance Theatre.

Another neat event is to see a holiday model train exhibit.  These cool miniature recreations of snow-covered towns and villages can be found in several places in the area.  There’s the Union Station Norwegian Model Train Display, the Holiday Magic display at the United States Botanic Garden, and there are a few model trains at the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace.


Halloween Party Ideas

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!

Halloween is coming up, and if you don’t have any party ideas, well, you still have a bit of time.  In fact, sometimes last minute Halloween party ideas are the best!  Here are a few different things you could do this Halloween.

If you have kids or will be hosting a Halloween party for kids, you can always create a mini-haunted house in your home.  It doesn’t have to be incredibly scary.  In fact, you probably don’t want to make it that scary.  One thing you can do is blindfold kids and put their hands in different items—spaghetti becomes worms, boiled eggs can be eyeballs, etc. 

Have a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt.  Both can be fun.  Creating a treasure hunt gives your friends or kids the chance to work together, while a scavenger hunt pits teams against each other. 

For adult parties, create a creepy Halloween bar.  Your mad scientist might brew up some pumpkin martinis, witch’s brew, and other scary drinks.  A little food coloring, some neat glasses, and some fun decorations can really add to the overall effect.

Another idea is to have a theme party.  Instead of having everyone come in whatever costume they want, send out invitations listing your theme.  Maybe you want everyone to come as a historical figure, their favorite television character, or a traditional Halloween monster. 

Host a murder mystery party.  You can buy murder mystery kits from a number of different stores.  Generally, these murder mysteries are done over dinner, but they don’t have to be.  Most require between six and eight players, although there are some that accommodate a dozen.

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