One of my favorite holiday activities is looking at Christmas lights in Washington DC. We are really lucky in the DC area because there are so many cool holiday light displays. Based on Aiden’s reactions to all the lights this year, it seems he has my love of everything Christmas! Whether you live in the DC area or are visiting, here are the best Christmas lights in Washington DC you don’t want to miss!
The 4 Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Washington DC
We visit this light display every year after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s basically how we kick-off our holiday season. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is a drive-through lights display. It features 2.5 miles of festive light displays. The advantage to this display is that you view it from your car so you don’t have to worry about cold weather. We always put on Christmas music and bring hot chocolate to complete the experience. At the end of the display route, there is a Christmas village and carnival with s’mores, holiday shopping, carnival rides, and pictures with Santa. I recommend visiting on weekdays because it is not as busy and the prices are discounted (visit their website for a $5 off coupon).
I remember the first time we attended the Meadowlark Garden Winter Walk of Lights. I was blown away by how beautiful it was. I still love walking through it every year — especially since they add something new every year. The display is a half-mile walk through lights. Tickets are sold for a specific day and time so it’s never overcrowded (especially if you visit on a weekday). It is outdoors so if it’s cold be sure to bundle up! At the end of the walk, there is a snack shop with a bonfire, s’mores, and hot chocolate.
Zoolights is a lot of fun and it is free! ZooLights features more than 500,000 (environmentally friendly) LED lights that light up the Zoo into a winter wonderland. You will find music performances from the local community or school groups, tasty winter treats, holiday shopping, and two laser light shows set to music. We are Friends of the National Zoo members so we try to go during member week so we get free parking and other perks.
In addition to the lights,ere are also several new attractions to check out including the Gingerbread Village, Reindeer Games Fun Zone, and Zoo Rides. This is another outdoor display so if it’s cold bundle up! It can also get busy so parking fills up quickly and public transportation is recommended.
Of all the places we visited, Aiden’s favorite may have been the National Christmas Tree. Although it’s not a huge display there are tons of trains around the main tree which Aiden loved. I love looking at all the individual state trees to see the handmade ornaments that are unique to each state.
If you live in DC or are visiting the area for the holidays these Christmas lights in Washington DC won’t disappoint!
Do you have any favorite places to see Christmas lights in Washington DC? Let me know in the comments!
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