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Christmas Weekend Things To Do in DC with Kids: Waterskiing Santa, Christmas Lights, Holiday Shows

Mommy Poppins logo Mommy Poppins 5/12/2022 Meredith Kiryakov
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Looking for the best things to do in DC this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this holiday weekend.

Santa Claus is coming to town this weekend! Assuming you have some free time, the Washington, DC area is just brimming with things to do this Christmas weekend. Enjoy lots of fantastic light shows, including Holiday Road in Leesburg, Virginia and the Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival. Have breakfast with Santa at Theismann's Restaurant on Christmas Eve or brunch with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown on Christmas Day. And catch Santa on waterskis in Old Town Alexandria on Christmas Eve!

Whatever you do, happy holidays from your friends at Mommy Poppins!

Don’t miss our lists of places that are open on Christmas Day, the best places to go snow tubing near DC, and the best things to do in Washington, DC in December with kids.

Be sure to check with the venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event. Many places in and around DC now require guests to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test; some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge.

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Before boarding his sleigh, Santa takes to the Potomac on waterskis. Photo courtesy of the Waterskiing Santa Facebook page

Things to do in Washington, DC this Christmas Weekend with Kids

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 21 - 23

The classic 1980s Christmas movie A Christmas Story comes to the stage as a Broadway musical. The tour is coming to Baltimore so families can enjoy their favorite scenes like the infamous leg lamp and the grumpy department store Santa just in time for Christmas. read more

Alexandria, VA - Friday, Dec. 24

Watch Santa take to the Potomac on waterskis! After the show, he and his merry crew will greet children on the waterfront and behind the Torpedo Factory. read more

Washington, DC - Friday, Dec. 24

The Choral Arts Chorus will sing holiday classics in this one-hour performance. Families are invited to sing along to their favorites, and there will be a visit from Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty. read more

Baltimore, MD - through Friday, Dec. 24

Experience an authentic German Christmas market at West Shore Park at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. There will be a variety of vendors, thousands of Christmas lights, live music, rides, food, and more. read more

Glen Echo, MD - Friday, Dec. 24 - Sunday, Jan. 2

Winterfest features three holiday plays in one - "Uri and Ora Light the Menorah", "Connection", and "Cranky Penguin". Each one celebrates the importance of friends, family, and relationships, especially during the holidays. read more

Alexandria, VA - Friday, Dec. 24

Enjoy a family-style breakfast in Old Town Alexandria with pancakes, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, and more. Adult tickets include a mimosa, and child tickets include a photo with Santa. read more

Washington, DC - through Sunday, Dec. 26

Watch the classic ballet with a historic twist this holiday season in one of DC's most iconic theaters, the Warner Theatre. The Washington Ballet's adaptation is set in 1882 Georgetown, with characters that include George Washington, Harriet Tubman, King George III, and others.  read more

Reston, VA - through Sunday, Jan. 2

Inspired by the traditional art of Chinese lantern festivals, the LuminoCity Festival features exhibitions of spectacular light art displays, and is a celebration of cultures and the world around us. read more

Washington, DC - Saturday, Dec. 25

Enjoy a delicious and festive Christmas Day Buffet Brunch with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel. The brunch buffet will include all the classic breakfast items, a special children's buffet table, and a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar for adults. Families are encouraged to wear their best festive PJs, and Santa will stop by each table to admire all PJ attire. read more

Sterling, VA - through Saturday, Jan. 22. Closed Dec. 25.

This outdoor, immersive winter experience will include a changing collection of fun activities for all ages, including crafts, live music, storytimes, and cooking demonstrations. There will also be Washington Capitals-themed experiences such as igloos, alumni and mascot appearances, swag, and more. A variety of food and drinks will be available. read more

Leesburg, VA - through Sunday, Jan. 2. Closed Dec. 25.

Holiday Road is a walking trail with tons of Christmas lights, huge installations, light tunnels, and holiday scenes including the North Pole, Elf Village, Gingerbread Lane, and more. There will also be food trucks, a Holiday Bar for the grown-ups, and a souvenir shop. read more

Wheaton, MD - Sunday, Dec. 26 - Sunday, Jan. 2

Brookside Gardens will transform into a dazzling winter wonderland with over one million colorful lights. The display includes original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements, and computerized light displays complete with music and fog. read more

National Harbor, MD - Sunday, Dec. 26 & Sunday, Jan. 2

Enjoy a free family-friendly holiday movie every Sunday afternoon on the big screen outdoors at National Harbor. read more

Gaithersburg, MD - through Friday, Dec. 31. Closed Dec. 25.

The popular drive-thru winter lights display at Seneca Creek State Park includes more than 450 illuminated displays and beautiful lighted trees. read more

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