Washington, DC plays host to many annual events and attractions every holiday season. For those traveling with children, these are the most fun places to take them to celebrate the season.

The Christkindlmarkt

November 30 – December 2nd

Take your children somewhere fun and get some holiday shopping done with the same trip to DC’s annual Christkindlmarkt. The event features a number of German Christmas traditions that are fun for children including musical performances and tons of authentic treats like schnitzel and chocolate cake.

Heurich House. 1207 New Hampshire Ave. NW


December 1st and 2nd

If your little ones are sports fans, then they might get a huge kick out of attending the 2018 Nationals Winterfest, hosted at Nationals Park. Winterfest will have fun family-friendly attractions like a curling station, clubhouse tours, and autograph stations with Nationals players.

Nationals Park. 1500 S Capitol St. SE

Ice Skating in Georgetown

Mid November – March

Every winter, Washington Harbour in Georgetown opens up the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the city. There’s no better place to get into DC’s holiday spirit than here, where you can enjoy a skate next to the Potomac River, and a number of hot beverage options.

Washington Harbour. 3050 K St. NW

The Nutcracker

November 29 – December 28

Every holiday season, ballet and theatre companies around the world perform Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker. The DC version of this historic story is set in Georgetown with historical figures like George Washington and King George III interwoven into the plot.

Thearc Theater. 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE

The Capitol Hill Hotel

If you’re traveling to DC during the holiday season this year, be sure to take the kids somewhere comfortable and within striking distance of all these great times. To discover how the Capitol HIll Hotel is an ideal place to stay with the family this winter, check out our rooms.

Capitol Hill Hotel. 200 C St. SE