The winter cold has returned – and with it the whole Christmas spirit! There’s no better place to pack up, explore, and celebrate the season than National Harbor. Known in the DC area for its seasonal events, breathtaking hotel views, and unique shops, this waterfront destination’s winter calendar is teeming with unique events and celebrations.
This season, National Harbor is completely changing so you can eat, drink and be happy. At Gaylord National Resort, activities like the I Love Christmas Movies ™ experience can liven up every evening with the family. On Saturdays, grab a free cup of hot cocoa at participating stops in the Waterfront District and watch fireworks fill the air above the Potomac.
There’s plenty to do in National Harbor this winter, but here are three events not to be missed:
I Love Christmas Movies™-Ausstellung
If you are a fan of classic Christmas cinema this is the stop for you. Located at the Gaylord National Resort, this interactive, multi-sensory experience includes strolling through scenes from popular Christmas movies across generations.
The featured sets contain scenes from five films:
• The Polar Express ™
• National Lampoon ™ Christmas Vacation
• A Christmas Story ™
• The year without Santa Claus ™
The scenes include replicas of famous movie props, movie-specific audio, and characters you know and love. Gaylord National also has incredible deals too Save a lot when you bundle Your winter experiences.
Vacation movies on the Potomac
Speaking of movies, the Movies on the Potomac series of events continues throughout the winter with FREE screenings of vacation movies right on the Plaza’s big screen.
Every week, locals and travelers alike gather with lounge chairs and blankets, grab take-away at a nearby restaurant, and sit out in the fresh air for an afternoon of cinema. You can see many of the films on display at Gaylord National’s I Love Christmas Movies ™ exhibit.
After the movie, check off the items on your shopping list with unique boutiques and brands you love. End the day with a meal by the water. Visit their website to start planning your visit.
Tree lighting show
The National Harbor Christmas tree is a staple of the holiday season. Every year this towering tree is erected on the Belvedere overlooking the best sunsets in Metro DC. The 54 ‘tree is fully adorned with ornaments and dazzling lights. It’s a perfect icon for holiday cards, social media, and memorable snaps.
Every night after sunset, this already breathtaking installation comes to life. As the sun sets over the Potomac, music begins, lights flicker, and the tree dances to Christmas carols. It is a festive setting with decorations that attracts everyone’s attention, stops passers-by and gives those who see it a Christmas spirit – and it is worth visiting.
If these events sound fun, visit National Harbor vacation page. They keep updating it with fun events for families, couples, overnight stays, and company outings.