Local Things To Do For The Holidays

It’s officially the season of giving! Even beyond material items , the most valuable thing you can give to your loved ones is quality time and memories that will last forever. It can be hard to find things to do with your friends and family but no worries! Here are some local finds to make the holiday season…ba ba bummm 

  • Zoolights, the National Zoo in DC 

The Zoolights are an annual free event at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. It consists of over 500,000 environmentally safe LED lights with most of them being animal shaped. The event is great for all ages! There are simple but fun rides for little kids and even beer for adults. Here they have live entertainment, food and even gift shops to stop at before you leave. 

  • The National Christmas Tree, D.C. 

On the first Thursday in December, the National Christmas tree gets lit. It is located near the White House and is traditionally lit by the President. The lighting of the tree began in 1923 and  has continued since. It is lit everyday from 4:30pm to midnight and is completely free to visit. 

  • Outdoor Skating Rink, Downtown Silver Spring

If you are into being active during the holiday season, ice skating is the way to go. At the Silver Spring Veterans Plaza, daily ice skating is held typically from noon to 10pm. The prices range from $8-$9 depending on age and costs an additional $5 if skate rental is needed. It is in the mecca of the city and is surrounded by various restaurants, live music and a great deal of activities for everyone to participate in. 

  • Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Live!, Baltimore

Baltimore’s New Year’s eve spectacular occurs December 31, from 9pm-12:30am. At midnight, there is an amazing firework show along the Inner Harbor. Many local guest performers come out, serving music and food for the whole family. 

  • Georgetown Glow, D.C.

Georgetown Glow is an annual lighting event.  Beginning December 6, it continues until January 5. Each night is dedicated to a different event and around the D.C. area, and several hotels are provided for people who wish to stay. Georgetown Glow isn’t just an average light festival. Here, they showcase art using lights. You should definitely check it out. 

Finding activities to do during the holidays may be difficult, but never impossible. Try these places before it is too late and have a jolly holiday