The holiday season is upon us, and we know how to kick off the holiday in a proper way!

The day after Thanksgiving is something that we have either been waiting for or dreading; of course, I’m talking about Black Friday. But if you feel like hunting after some good prices after your big Thanksgiving dinner, Tysons Corner Center and The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will open their doors around midnight. Make sure to be there on time, I bet that you’re not going to be the only one looking for bargains!

November 29th also brings the lighting of the 60th Christmas tree between 7-11pm at the National Harbor, with fireworks, hot chocolate, roasted nuts, and musical performances. Seeing the lighting of 20 000 lights is definitely a great way to kick off the Holiday Season.

Mount Vernon Candlelight tours

If you want to be treated as a holiday guest of the Washington family, enjoy a candlelight walk, fireside caroling and also get a complimentary copy of the recipe of Martha Washington’s Great Cake, visit the estate between 5-8pm, November 29th-December 22nd.

December 5th – DAR Christmas Open House

The Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting an open house at their headquarters in D.C from 5.30-8.0 pm. Activities include visiting Santa, caroling, refreshments and also evening tours of historic period rooms specially decorated to celebrate the holiday.

December 6-7 – Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk

This weekend you can witness hundreds of Scottish clansmen parade with their bagpipes through Old Town Alexandria. It’s one of the largest fundraising activities for the Campagna Centre, a non- profit organization that serves families in need. This holiday event includes tours of historic homes, a Celtic concert, a children’s tea party, and a Christmas Market Place and Café.

December 7th, 6-8 pm – Washington, DC’s Annual Parade of Lighted Boats.

This magical display of 50 decorated boats sailing from Old Town Alexandria to Washington D.C is something you need to note in your calendar. In addition to the lighted boats, there will be events held on both sides of the Potomac River. Magical snowfalls, live holiday music, photos with Santa Claus, fire pits, the lighting of the Southwest Waterfront Christmas tree, safe to say, there is something for every age group to enjoy.

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