If you’re headed to DC this winter, you’ll have plenty to do. Read on for our picks of what you need to check out during your visit here, from concerts at the Kennedy Center to the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

One of DC’s top winter events is the annual Capitol Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony. Visitors get to watch as the huge, towering tree set up next to the White House is lit up to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s ceremony will be facilitated by actress Reese Witherspoon; visitors will also have the chance to enjoy musical performances on a stage set up next to the tree.

November 30, 2017
President’s Park (White House)

Downtown Holiday Market

If you’re in DC this fall, take some time to cross some holiday gifts off your list with a visit to DC’s Downtown Market. You’ll find plenty of DC-made goods, ranging from clothing to leatherware to bath accessories, to pick up for your friends and family back home. And there’ll be delicious food for you to try during your visit, so you’ll get to try something for yourself too.

November 24-December 23, 2017
Downtown Washington, DC
Centred at 8th and F Sts NW

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

During his upcoming show in DC, R’n’B legend Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will be performing with the National Symphony Orchestra at DC’s Kennedy Center Venue. The collaboration and synergy between the two is bound to be an incredible feat to watch and a night to remember, as Edmonds performs hits like “Never Keeping Secrets” and “When Can I See You” backed by a full orchestra.

January 19-20, 2018
Kennedy Center

The Nutcracker

Take part in a well-loved American tradition by taking a trip to the ballet to see The Nutcracker this winter. The Washington Ballet will be performing the show at the Warner Theatre as well as TheArc this year and, as always, you’ll get to experience some DC twists on the performance, which is set in the Georgetown neighborhood.

November 25-26, 2017
TheArc Theater
Washington, DC

November 30-December 30, 2017
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: A Family Christmas

Families looking to celebrate the holiday season together will enjoy The Choral Arts Society of Washington’s performance of A Family Christmas at the Kennedy Center. The society will be singing well-known Christmas classics that are sure to leave huge smiles on your kids’ faces, so make sure to book tickets for your friends now.

December 16, 2017
1:00 PM
Kennedy Center
Washington, DC