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Winter Holidays in Washington

The holidays in Washington, DC are nothing short of magical, spectacular as witnessed by the tens of thousands of out of town visitors who come to the Nation's Capital every year during this wonderful part of the year. DC celebrates in a multicultural fashion including Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan and the "big one", Christmas.

There is so much going in so many places with so many choices to make it would take longer than the holiday season itself to see and do everything the DC Metro area has to offer. There are tours of the White House, the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace, the many Christmas light displays families can drive through, The Gaylord National Hotel's million-pound ice sculptures, the Scottish Walk Weekend in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, essentially all of DC and its surroundings are lit up and decorated to the "nines."

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Washington DC Winter Holidays Event Calendar

DCpages.com has been covering the Winter Holiday season in Washington, DC for over the last 10 years. Find out all the city has to offer this holiday season by visiting our Events Calendar. Our Nation's Capitol offers you so many activities to make this holiday season truly memorable. This list highlights some of the best that Washington DC offers from holiday activities, concerts, and other performances.

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Christmas At The White House

Holiday Treasures At The White House

Having trouble finding a gift for someone who already has everything? Sick of always buying your Mom a sweater or do you simply need a creative gift to give a child this Christmas? Our Holidays Gifts and Tips resource has many suggestions to make your holiday shopping easier this year. From practical gifts to fun gift baskets, aspiring chefs to simple home decorations, we have the answers. Our Holidays Gifts and Tips resource also has important information regarding the best and safest ways to ship your holiday gifts to ensure they arrive on time. Read More

Image Gallery - White House Holiday Preview

Welcome to the White House for Christmas season. "Deck the Halls and Welcome All," is this year's (2010) theme based on the colors in the Red Room and the Christmas colors of red and green. The White House is a perfect place to decorate for the holidays. An estimated 100,000 people will visit the White House during the holiday season. The President's estate will host many dinner parties, receptions, and open houses throughout the month of December. Take a sneek peak.

National Christmas Tree Lighting

As has been tradition since 1923, the President throws the switch on December 4th, to Light the National Christmas Tree. Traditionally, a military band starts the ceremony, followed by performance blending world famous and local musicians for the opening of the Christmas Pageant of Peace this season. The National Christmas Tree and the other 56 trees representing states and territories are on display -- along with free entertainment and refreshments -- nightly on the Ellipse, between the Mall and White House, through New Year's Day. Read More

White House Christmas Ornaments

Every year the White House honors a past President with one of their beautiful White House Christmas Ornaments. Started in 1981 by President James Carter these ornaments have become stunning collectibles that Americans cherish and proudly display on their Christmas Trees. The 2011 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the United States. Sworn in at the age of 42, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president in the nation's history.

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Image Gallery - National Christmas Tree

Since the beginning of time, the Bowersox family dreamed of someday being chosen to present the White House Christmas Tree to the United States First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush. The dream became reality on November 28, 2001 when the Bowersox family was crowned the National Christmas Tree Association Grand Champions. Congratulations to the Bowersox family, the First Lady and to the nation of America for being blessed to see this wonderful marvel.

Also See, Image Gallery - Pageant of Peace

White House Christmas Tree Presentation

"It's quite an honor to be representing the entire industry," said Janice, mother of Darryl. His wife, Aimee, was also on hand for the presentation. "It's like being in the World Series...top of the line." Jim Corliss, president of the National Christmas Tree Association, also attended the presentation to the First Lady. "North American growers and retailers of Christmas trees hope that the reduced travel and increase in spirituality and family activities in America will prompt more consumers to choose a Real Christmas Tree this year," said Corliss. Read More

Image Gallery - Holidays at the White House

Every year, at the White House, the sharing of the holiday decorations tradition continues. The celebration of this year's holiday season theme was to emphasize the role of dogs, cats, birds, horses, sheep and even alligators and raccoons in the White House.

Also See, Image Gallery - White House Pictures 2001
Image Gallery - White House Pictures 1999
Image Gallery - White House Pictures 1998
Image Gallery - White House Pictures 1997

Christmas In Washington DC

Holiday Performances in Washington DC

Nothing puts people in the holiday spirit like one of these holiday performances in Washington DC. This year the Warner Theatre will feature the Washington Ballet performing The Nutcracker while Ford's Theatre will show A Christmas Carol. The Washington DC area also has many shows geared towards families, some of which are interactive and teach young children many different holiday traditions.

Holiday Lights in Washington DC

Washington DC offers many different locations to view grand displays of Christmas lights this holiday season. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy listed below are some of the best places to view these holiday decorations near our Nation's Capitol. From the National Zoo to drive-through holiday displays there is something for everyone in the family.

Holiday Activities in Washington DC

Our Nation's Capitol offers you so many activities to make this holiday season truly memorable. This list highlights some of the best that Washington DC offers from holiday activities, concerts, and other performances. Seeing the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree or the National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony have become traditions that many families in the area take part in. Candlelight tours and great holiday light displays are offered throughout the month of December and truly make lasting memories for the whole family to enjoy. If you are looking for something special to do this holiday season our guide will give you numerous ideas and answers.

Image Gallery - Grand Holiday Displays

Washington DC has many homes beautifully lit up for the holidays. If you have young kids, grab some hot chocolate, hop in your car, and drive around our neighborhoods. District of Columbia residents have put a lot of time and effort into decking our city with dazzling displays and decorative delights. Drive slowly as you gape at the multiple houses that are blazing with lights. From Santa and candy canes, to inflatables and nativity scenes, our staff photographed some spirited displays that are worth a look.

Image Gallery - Embassies During the Holidays

There are 176 embassies in Washington, DC and most are decked out in the spirit of Christmas with all manner of lights and ornaments. Some embassies, of course, do not celebrate Christmas but celebrate their respective religious holidays, most of which occur in the month of December. Many of the residences of the embassies (aka "diplomatic missions") are spectacular, historic mansions. They are a sight to see anytime of the year and become almost animated during the Christmas season. Without doubt, the most impressive of these buildings are located on "Embassy Row" on Massachusetts Ave. but many others can be found in the neighborhoods of Kalorama, Cleveland Park and Dupont Circle.

Image Gallery - White Christmas in Washington DC

White Christmas in Washington DC

Image Gallery - Santa's Forest

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Holiday Articles and Stories

Where To Buy Christmas Ornaments

If you are looking for the perfect holiday ornament or decoration to display this year look no further. This guide highlights the best and most unique ornaments, decorations, and displays that represent the winter holiday season in Washington DC. Follow our trusted guide as he highlights the best ornaments in our Nation's Capitol and tells you exactly where you can find and purchase them. This guide will save you the trouble of tracking down locations and will give you a few ideas you probably did not think of to make this holiday season one to remember. Read More

Washington DC Christmas Ornament History

Christmas ornaments have a long and storied history in a trio of Washington, DC landmarks: inside The White House, The National Christmas Tree, and the Capitol Christmas tree. Since 1961, the White House Christmas Tree has had a themed motif at the discretion of the First Lady of the United States First Lady Lou Henry Hoover began the tradition of presidential wives decorating the White House tree with the first "official" White House Christmas tree in 1929. Read More

Holiday Gifts and Tips

Having trouble finding a gift for someone who already has everything? Sick of always buying your Mom a sweater or do you simply need a creative gift to give a child this Christmas? Our Holidays Gifts and Tips resource has many suggestions to make your holiday shopping easier this year. From practical gifts to fun gift baskets, aspiring chefs to simple home decorations, we have the answers. Our Holidays Gifts and Tips resource also has important information regarding the best and safest ways to ship your holiday gifts to ensure they arrive on time. Read More

Fundraising Ideas

Every holiday season schools, churches, clubs, youth groups, and other charities look for creative ways to raise money for their organization. The proceeds from these fundraisers are used for school trips, athletic teams, choir groups, building resoration, and to raise money for the needy during the holiday season. Our guide to holiday fundraising lists of successful fundraisers that these groups have used throughout the years. Read More

Christmas Reflections

Christmas is essentially identified with the sweet and wholesome things of home life. The whole story, as recorded in the second chapter of St. Luke's Gospel (which, doubtless, is the most widely known story in the world), finds its heart and center in the homely scenes of domestic life. Remote in time and place as the incidents of this story are, they have a conspicuous place in every literature, in the inspiration of poetry, painting and music, and even in our rather gray and modern world they bring color and beauty to charm and stimulate us. Read More

Ramadan, The Islamic Holy Month

Ramadan is a very special occasion for followers of the Islamic faith. Muslims believe that the Divine Books of God were revealed in this month. Prophet Abraham received his scriptures on the first and third of this month; Prophet David received the Psalms on the twelfth of this month; Prophet Moses received the Torah on the sixth day and Jesus received the Bible on the twelfth day of this month of Ramadan. Also Prophet Muhammad received the Holy Al-Quran in this month and specially on the "Night of Power", called Lai-Latul-Qadr, the 27th night of this month. Read More

Yule Solstice

The townspeople gather as dusk falls, awaiting the beginning of the ceremony. As the December 25th sky darkens, the flaming log is brought forth from the mouth of the cave, symbolizing his birth. He came into the world accompanied by animals, three Magii, and a bright star in the heavens. In 600 B.C. Iran (Persia), the birth is not of Jesus, but of Mithra (Mitra), the Sun God, who was born in a cave, not a manger. December 25 is also recorded as the birthdate of the gods of numerous cultures long before Jesus, including Dionysus (Greek), Saturn (Roman), Quetzalcoatl (Toltec/Aztec), Frey (Norse/Viking), and many others. Yule on the Solstice. Read More

Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, celebrates the victory of a small band of Jews who revolted against religious persecution. Upon their victory, the Jews went to the nearly destroyed Temple and, as was customary, lit a menorah but with only enough oil to last one day. In an act attributed to Divine intervention, the oil lasted eight days, long enough for more oil to be pressed. Jews around the world now light menorahs for eight consecutive evenings to remember the miracle of the oil. Read More

The Census and the Holidays

The spirit of giving does soar this time of year -- either that or a lot of people spend year-end cash on themselves. The Census Bureau reports that U.S. department stores recorded a 46% increase in sales between November and December (58% if you don't count discount stores). Shoppers spent $36.7 billion at Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, and their competitors during the holiday rush of 1996. These stores practically double their business at holiday time. Of the $249 billion we spent in department stores, we forked over about 1/7 ($36.7 billion) during the last month of the year. Exclude K-Mart and the other discount stores, where we spent most of it, and the upscale department stores took in about 1/6 of their business ($15. 9 billion out of $97 billion). Department stores built up their inventory by 19% between August and November, then saw it fall faster than an early snow -- 22% in December. Read More

A Holiday Spirit

Ashburton was the typical elementary school located in a small suburban neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland. Cold winds swaying naked trees marked the beginning of the holiday season. To get all the children in the festive spirit, Ashburton would hold it's traditional tree decorating gala. But, things have changed over the years, and Christmas is no longer the only holiday celebrated. Ashburton is composed of children of many different beliefs and each of them had their own way of celebrating this special time of year. Read More

Santa, Awaiting Darkness, Says 22 Million Gifts are Ready

Santa Claus sat back in his easy chair this morning and with his chubby hands laced across the front of his fur-trimmed red coat, waited for time to pass. There was nothing to do - nothing, that is, except to loll in the cushioned depth of his wide chair and wait for darkness. "Everything is set," he mused. "My route list is all made up, and my gifts are in the bag, so to speak. My, what a comfortable at peace with the world, sort of feeling!" Yes, thanks to the generosity of thousands of residents of Washington, Santa was "set" for as jolly a Christmas eve as any he had ever seen. Read More

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