How the Nation’s Capital Celebrates the Holidays
Throughout the year, Washington DC is bustling with the intense energy of mediating the nation’s political and social progress. That high level of passion never lets off, but it does transition annually into a celebratory and festive state in honor of the holiday season. With an abundance of extraordinary events and happenings, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite ways the nation’s capital celebrates the holidays.
The 40-foot tall Colorado blue spruce that sits just south of the White House is decorated every year creating the larger than life entity that is our nation’s Christmas Tree. This year’s tree lighting ceremony will be held on December 4th and feature a variety of top-tier entertainment.
The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will once again headline this year’s American Holiday Festival. One of DC’s favorite hometown entertainment groups, the Army Band is slated to perform December 5th-7th at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
Sitting right by the National Christmas Tree, the National Hanukkah Menorah brings the Jewish holiday celebration right in front of the White House. This year’s National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place on December 16th and feature a performance by the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”.
Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is a truly out of this world experience. Their exhibition ICE features a sculpture wonderland comprised of thousands of ice blocks and extravagant holiday decorations. The theme of this year’s installment will be Frosty the Snowman.
The charming United States Botanic Garden features an exhibit each holiday season artistically showcasing model trains and replicas of iconic Washington DC buildings. This year’s theme will be Under the Sea, which promises an incredible display. Seasons Greetings will be open from November 27th through January 4th, 2015.