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Enjoy the Holidays with The Top Family-Friendly Events




Celebrating Christmas in Washington D.C. is easy with the many family-friendly events happening in and around the city. Here are some of the top choices in the area:

ICE! Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort - November 15th to January 5th

Recognized as one of the best holiday attractions, this interactive program provides a winter wonderland made of 5,000 blocks of ice.  Favorite Christmas stories and scenes from Frosty the Snowman come to life in more than 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures.  The Gaylord National Resort is located at National Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens - November 22nd to December 31st

Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, Busch Gardens transforms from a typical amusement park to a Christmas wonderland full of fun. With many holiday shows, an elegant Christmas tree and an abundance of shopping and dining options, you're sure to find something for everybody here.

The Water-skiing Santa - December 24th at 1pm

An annual event unlike any other, the water-skiing Santa is always entertaining. You can enjoy flying elves, Frosty the Snowman and Jet-skiing Grinch during this show held live in Old Town Alexandria on the Potomac.

Manassas Christmas Parade - December 7th

Old Town Manassas will host their annual parade featuring a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, free carriage rides, visits with Santa and more.

College Park Aviation Museum Events

The Aviation Museum in College Park, Maryland, will provide two holiday-themed events:

  • Santa Fly In on December 7th - after Santa makes his dramatic entrance flying into the airport, visitors can pose for pictures with him.  You will also get to enjoy plenty of crafts while you wait.
  • Trains and Planes on December 14th to 21st - This event showcases a village full of miniature trains, tunnels and more.

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