Check out the Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia which host lots of annual festivals and special events all round the year and more so during Christmas. Most of these events are held each year and the dates are regularly updated. Surf Christmas Carnivals Washington classic Christmas Activity for all the information.
Christmas in Washington arrives with the lighting of the tree, a tradition valued for the past 82 years. In 1978, a live 40-foot Colorado blue spruce was transplanted from York, Pennsylvania to its present site on the Ellipse, the grassy area south of the White House. In 1954, a "Pathway of Peace" of 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia were planted surrounding the National Christmas Tree. Each year sponsoring organizations from each state provide tree decorations that are encased in a protective plastic globe to shield it from the weather. The tree is also lighted in Maryland and Virginia.
celebrate the New Year at a free family event in Historic Downtown Fairfax. Enjoy ice-skating, old-fashioned carriage rides, music, dancing, theatre and storytelling, puppets, circus, balloons, caricature artists, face-painting and ring in the New Year marveling over a spectacular fireworks display. Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with speeches, music, activities for kids and the lighting of the National Menorah by Rabbi Levi Shemtov. This is a free event, but tickets are required. There are gallery shows put up as well where you can shop for art, crafts, children's gifts, jewelry, stained and fused glass, art and photography, ceramics, sculpture, quilting, menorahs, textiles and much more.
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