Things to Do in D.C.: Winter

Celebrate Christmas on the National Mall

Washington Craft Show

Date: Varies, but usually November or December
Time: Varies
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
More Info: Crafts America

The Skinny:  Every year, thousands of people flock to the Washington Convention Center to check out works from some of the country’s premier craft artists.  Works vary from things people can wear, to practical everyday crafts. 

National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace

Dates:  Opening ceremony varies, but display stays up throughout December
Time: Varies
Location: The Ellipse (south of the White House)
More Info: National Christmas Tree Program

The Skinny: The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is, without question, one of the most popular holiday events in the District. The tree stays up throughout the holiday season and is open to the public.  Surrounding the main tree are smaller trees dedicated every state, the District of Columbia and some U.S. territories.  On some nights, you can catch holiday performances by different musical groups.

An insider's tip:  Pay close attention to each of the small trees.  Each one is decorated with ornaments particularly meaningful to that state or locality.  Also, a fire that burns for nighttime visitors creates even more of a holiday atmosphere.

Restaurant Week

Dates: January
Times: Various, depending on restaurant
Locations: Participating restaurants
More Info:

The Skinny: Restaurant week offers diners the chance to eat at some of Washington’s most expensive and critically acclaimed restaurants at a reduced price.  Dozens of restaurants -- including some of the most exclusive in the city, participate in the promotion by offering three-course, fixed price, lunch and dinner menus.  

An insider's tip: Call early.  The most popular restaurants are booked well in advance.  Also, check out what is on each eatery’s “restaurant week” menu beforehand.  If you order something that isn’t on that menu, you’ll end up paying full price.

NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo

Date: Usually in January
Time: Usually 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
More Info: NBC4's Official Web Site

The Skinny:  This free event draws thousands of people from across the area for health screenings, exhibitors, demonstrations and a lot more.  The Expo celebrated its 15th year in 2008 and shows no signs of slowing down.

Washington Auto Show

Date: January
Time: Varies on each day
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
More Info:

The Skinny: The Washington Auto show gives people the chance to check out some of the newest cars and technology in the auto industry.  If new is not for you then don’t worry, there are plenty of old classics as well.  The show also features contests and celebrities.

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