There is rarely a day in Washington, DC where you will not be able to find some event or special program going on. So, you can be sure there are even more events held during the holidays. While holiday events in the city can be rather pricey, there are almost as many free events, as well. Here are the best free holiday events in Washington, D.C.
National Christmas Tree Lighting
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 208-1631

One of the most fun family activities growing up is picking out a Christmas tree, decorating it, and seeing all the presents under the tree. The National Christmas Tree Lighting takes that annual family tradition to the national level, with a much larger tree. Every year since 1938, the President and First Family have been sharing the joy of lighting their Christmas tree with the community and nation. On Dec. 3, 2015, The National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pathway of Peace will take place at President’s Park. If you weren’t lucky enough to win one of the lottery tickets, you can also watch it live on the White House Youtube channel.

Italian Holiday Family Festival
800 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-1000

The holiday season is full of decorations, food, shopping, presents, parties and more great things. It is also a time to give back, be grateful, and spread cheer in the community. One way you can get into the true holiday spirit is by spending time getting to know holiday traditions that aren’t your own. The Smithsonian, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute have come together to celebrate Italian culture and the holiday season. Held in the Kogod Courtyard in the American Art Museum, visitors will enjoy face painting, comedy, crafts, traditional Italian bagpipers and more performances and activities. Celebrate the holidays by learning about another culture.

Wolftrap Holiday Sing-A-Long
1645 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900

Your family has probably sung along to numerous holiday classics over the years in the comfort of your living room. Or maybe you had a sing-a-long at school, or at a movie theater. Well, you may not have joined in a sing-a-long of this scale. Wolftrap puts on a free annual holiday sing-a-long that features thousands of voices from people like you, who just love holiday music. Along with the United States Marine Band, there will be local choirs to lead the audience into Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Bring the whole family, your friends and your coworkers to share in the holiday spirit together.

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3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888

The National Zoo is a highlight of Washington D.C activities, another in a long list of free family-friendly attractions to choose from. Throughout the year they host special events, including holiday themed events. Everyone, not just children and families, enjoy these fun festive events. One of these events is their annual ZooLights, when the zoo gets into the holiday spirit with a winter wonderland light setup, treats, live music and more. You won’t want to miss the amazing light show, made of thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights. Happy holidays!

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
317 First St.
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 267-9549

Everyone is familiar with driving through neighborhoods that go all-in with light displays on almost every house, or even parks that decorate the trees in lights. Maybe fewer people are familiar with boat light displays. Not too far from the nation’s capital is Maryland’s capital, Annapolis. Being a water city, it is home to many aquatic activities. That includes the Eastport Yacht Club, who put on an annual light parade every December. Boats are decked out in thousands of lights, with some displays rivaling those you will see on traditional house displays. Check out this unconventional light display this holiday season.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on