I've had an exciting year, gallivanting to London and various cities around the United States… so exciting that I've used all my annual leave and I am bound to the Washington, DC area for the foreseeable future. What shall I do? Well, as it turns out, there is plenty to do over the holidays, right here in our own backyard, so to speak.
I searched through the Washington Post’s Top 10 Washington, DC Holiday Activities and found Christmas Tree lightings and Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremonies, along with the holiday light displays in various parks around the area.
But what caught my eye was ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort, which runs through January 4, 2015. Literally a “winter wonderland” created out of 5,000 blocks of ice, it took 40 artists to create this year’s Frosty the Snowman-themed display. The attractions are very approachable, so visitors can actually walk through them. And, of course, the kids will love it.
Chanukah On Ice for the lighting of the Menorah in Arlington, VA on Thursday, December 18.
If ice isn't your thing, maybe trains are. In Ellicott City, MD, home of the oldest train station in America, the B&O Railroad Museum presents the Festival of Trains at the Ellicott City Station featuring, among others, “multi-level 360 degree LEGO layout by the Washington, D.C. at Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club with interactive lights, motors, and sounds.” If trains aren't your thing either, then wander the streets of Ellicott City and enjoy the wonderful restaurants, antique stores, and cute boutiques.
For a Kwanzaa Celebration enjoy the Coyaba Dance Theater where special guests celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
Not sure which holiday to celebrate? Try them all as the Smithsonian Discovery Theater presents Seasons of Light, an interactive show about the history and customs of:
The Holidays in Historic Frederick may be to your liking. Tour historic homes and wander around in the festival of lights. There is also a display of an art competition showing Frederick during the holidays.
Closer to home you say? Try the Rockville Town Center Holiday Open House and Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 4 for their tree-lighting ceremony featuring singing, dancing, ice skating, and general holiday merriment. And enjoy the NIH Chamber Singers Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 6 at the Rockville Memorial Library.
And what would the holidays be without concerts, especially choral concerts! Here is a list of local Holiday Concerts at Strathmore, Gaithersburg, Takoma Park, and Rockville. You can't not go to at least one! Garrett Park has its own program,the Town Holiday SingAlong, Friday, December 12. There's nothing more fun than singing holiday songs!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Davis Library's events:
- The Holiday Book and CD Sale at the Davis Library on Saturday, December 6;
- "Dancing Strings!" - a performance by Harp Happy! on Thursday, December 11;
- Want to just sit for a while and bask in Classic Cinema? Davis Library has that too!; and
- Yet more fun at Davis Library: Swing Into the Holidays with The Blue Jazz Trio on Saturday, December 20.
And for all Montgomery County Public Libraries events use our interactive Calendar of Events.
But wherever you decide to go, enjoy this season of hope and good will!