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Tis the season to be festive! The holiday season is officially upon us, which means that the District will be hosting a number of events to get us all in the holiday spirit. Here are five things that can bring you some holiday cheer in D.C. this year.

The Ugly Sweater Run 

Break out your ugliest holiday sweater and start stretching. The Ugly Sweater Run, happening on December 12 at the National Harbor in Maryland, brings people from all over the area together to raise money for the partnering charity, Save the Children. The run not only gets people into the spirit of giving, but also allows you bust out that horrendous holiday sweater. What better way to give back this holiday season?

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It’s not the holiday season without lots of lights. This year, the Smithsonian National Zoo will be holding it’s annual holiday celebration ZooLights. Bring your loved ones down to the zoo and watch it transform into a festival of lights! It’ll be one of the brightest events of the season!

The 24th Annual Parade of Lights

Head on down to the docks in Old Town Alexandria and kick off the brightest event of the season. Join others and celebrate holiday cheer along the Potomac with the 24th Annual Parade of Lights. The event is free and open to the public, and will wrap up at the District’s Southwest Waterfront. So what are you waiting for? Grab friends and family and light up the night.


The Downtown D.C. Holiday Market

The holidays are a time full of giving, and what better place to pick up a present for loved ones than at a holiday market? The outdoor market in the Penn Quarter area will include over 150 vendors selling a variety of unique gifts. It’s never too early to get a head start on holiday shopping and the Downtown D.C. Holiday Market is the best place to get it done for the special people in your life.


The Smithsonian Holiday Festival

What better place to ring in the holiday season than at a Smithsonian Museum? On December 5th and 6th, you and your loved ones can enjoy a festive time at the National Museum of American History. This year’s festival has a calendar of events with something for everyone in your life to enjoy.