Hi friend! My name is Jessica, I am a family and portrait photographer based in Washington Dc. I am a Christian, wife, and identical twin. I love lilacs, candles, rainy days and honesty. I love finding joy in simple things.
I simply love DC during the holidays! There are lights everywhere and so many fun, free exhibits. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite locations to celebrate Christmas in DC. The week before and after are the best times to come and do something festive. A lot of families are on long vacations and the city is a bit more quiet than usual and the lines aren’t as long.
The Botanical Gardens have a lovely train exhibit from November 22nd -January 1st. Several tracks run around the top of the building and around a beautiful lite tree. There are several stations where you can stop that have educational facts about plants. This year, explore America by train as the annual holiday show “Season’s Greetings” showcases historic railroad stations across the country. In the model train show, trains chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic depots from across the United States. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Their collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials returns to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition—a botanical-inspired model of Union Station! Visit the gardens to help celebrate the holidays and America’s natural and cultural treasures.
-What does 8,000 square feet of toy trains look like? Come and see Union Station Kansas City’s Model Railroad Experience and find out! From tiny N-scale model trains to the big G-scale giants of the model train world, sample the hobby and enjoy the fun of model railroading. The Model Railroad Experience is FREE for all Union Station visitors
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM to 5 PM
City Center / DownTown Holiday Market
-This holiday season, CityCenterDC has brought back the Dream Closet overhead installation in Palmer Alley. Enjoy 400 modern holiday ornaments suspended above Palmer Alley, creating a whimsical winter wonderland.
-This is my favorite building in DC. It is beautifully decorated for Christmas and on the second floor had a lovely Christmas tree. There are small books hung as ornaments with all the states on them. The building has such history and the architecture is breathtaking.
The 2018 holiday calendar is brimming with cheer, and I hope you’ll visit DC’s oldest neighborhood during a truly magical time. From classic white lights along the rooftops and wreaths adorning every lightpole, to the only curated outdoor light-art experience in the region, holidays in Georgetown are the perfect blend of traditional and one-of-a-kind.
I hope you enjoyed a few of these suggestions and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
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