Pick an evening when the weather is good and head out to a winter light display. Many are open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s.
November 6 – January 5. Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, two-story animated fountain, and Gingerbread Village. $8 kids; $13 adults.
November 22 – January 5. Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Two and half mile drive-through light display and walk-around winter carnival and Holiday Village with attractions, s’mores and Santa Claus. $20 – $25 per car; 15 or more passengers, $50. This attraction is open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
November 29 – January 1. Zoo Lights National Zoo, Washington, DC. Not open December 24, 25, or 31. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Lit animal silhouettes, musical light displays. PLUS: live entertainment! I missed this last year but I am definitely going when this band is playing because this has got to be the youngest band I’ve ever seen!
December 5 – December 31. Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse: nightly musical performances, December 5 – January 1. Weeknight performances are 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and weekend performances take place from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The National Tree and state trees may be viewed until 11 p.m. There is also a Nativity scene and a roaring Yule log fire. Just adjacent is the National Menorah and not far is the U.S. Capitol Tree, which will be lit until 11 p.m. nightly in December.
December 6 – January 5. Georgetown GLOW outdoor light display. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Georgetown, Washington, DC.