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10 Ways to Make the Most of Winter in Washington, DC
The nation’s capital is full of winter whimsy with virtual and in-person holiday celebrations, date night delights and plenty of free events and things to do.
Wintertime is always the right time to visit DC. When the temperatures drop, the District heats up with dazzling light displays, seasonal deals, warm and comforting drinks and so much more. Plan the best vacation ever and discover holiday magic in Washington, DC. A quick reminder: please wear a face covering and maintain social distance when exploring the city.
There’s a wealth of free winter activities in the nation’s capital, making it a great destination to celebrate any winter holiday. From jaw-dropping displays to can't-miss shopping markets, DC features plenty of free events and things to do that are sure to inspire winter wonder.
When the winter holidays roll around, DC might as well be the North Pole. A visit to the city from late November through New Year’s Eve isn't complete without enjoying these one-of-a-kind seasonal displays and events, including the National Christmas Tree, countless holiday markets and so much more. Virtual options are also available.
Shop ‘til you drop at all of the magical holiday marketplaces that can be enjoyed virtually and in-person this season. Find a special, thoughtful gift that the big retail stores can’t offer at the Downtown Holiday Market (through Dec. 23), peruse artisanal selections in Heurich House and DC Brau's online Hoptimist Holiday Market (through Dec. 11) and check out offerings from specialized vendors and savor hot chocolate at Victura Park at The REACH (through Dec. 20).
If you're planning to visit DC during the holidays, you'll need to know what to expect. Make sure to read through our summary of the city's current status, including COVID-19 protocols. You can also peruse what businesses are open, including hotels and restaurants.
Even during the coldest days of the year, the District’s bars and restaurants heat up with drinks sure to warm your soul. Check out an array of delicious winter drinks across the city, many of which can be ordered to-go. Spots like the Old Ebbitt Grill, Blue Duck Tavern and The Next Whisky Bar have gotten in on the fun.
Although festivities will likely be altered this year, we've still got you covered for the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration, which will be held on Jan. 20, 2021. Many hotels are offering deals for the special occasion, and DC has so much presidential history to explore.
Putting together a special evening for Valentine’s Day (or any day, for that matter) is priority number one – and the nation’s capital shines as a date night destination with its scenic monuments, award-winning dining scene and outstanding attractions. Even in the time of COVID-19, you can still enjoy a wonderful DC-themed date night, whether safely exploring the town or chilling at home.
DC hotels, attractions and restaurants are offering an array of seasonal deals for you to take advantage of this winter. Book an unforgettable holiday hotel stay and check out what discounts and deals businesses are offering during your visit.
Brace yourselves, winter is here and along with it, the bitter cold. How will you weather the storm? Lucky for you, melty, chocolatey goodness awaits you at these places to get sweet, sinfully delicious and sometimes very adult hot chocolate. Most options are available to-go.