holiday activities

Family Holiday Activities

‘Tis the holiday season and we’ve rounded up a list of fun family holiday activities to try in the DMV. Don’t miss out on the holiday fun for all ages!

Polar Express

Don’t miss out on the journey of a lifetime as scenes from this celebrated holiday classic come to life before your very eyes! So don’t wait – get your tickets to The Polar Express Train Ride 2021. Available through December 12. For tickets to the B&O Railroad Museum, visit BORail.Events/PEX.

Gaylord Hotels

Discover So. Much. Christmas. at Gaylord National Resort this season with I Love Christmas Movies™, an original pop-up experience that brings five beloved holiday films to life, wintery activities like ice bumper cars and a premier location in the heart of National Harbor. Visit to learn more.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Take a candlelit tour of George Washington’s estate on select evenings in November and December. Visit Mount Vernon residents as you learn about holiday traditions in colonial Virginia. During Christmas Illuminations on December 17 and 18, watch a holiday fireworks show, shop a winter market and visit a winter encampment.

BASIS Washington, D.C.

BASIS Washington, D.C. is a tuition-free public charter school serving grades 5–12. The D.O.E. award-winning school is part of the high-performance network of BASIS Charter Schools that are consistently ranked among America’s best and most challenging schools. Visit to RSVP, attend an Open House, School Tour, or Shadow Day.


Opening December 2021! This HO scale model train gallery will feature operating models traveling from the Inner Harbor, past a game at Camden Yards and Preakness Race at Pimlico and through the city as it looked in 1997. Visit for more information.


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