The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped, the cookies are baked, the menu is planned, and you’re ready to kick back and enjoy the holiday… right?? Okay, I know today is probably one of the busiest for many as you get ready for festivities tonight or the big day tomorrow. But if you’ve got some time to get out with the kids, there are plenty of activities, both holiday-themed and just plain ol’ fun, to enjoy this weekend. There are even a few happening tomorrow, if you’re looking for Christmas Day recreation. However you spend your holiday, may it be a merry one. Happy Holidays!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town… On Water Skis – If you can get to the National Harbor by 1pm today, you can catch the big guy in red along with his elves as they skim along the Potomac. It should be quite a sight for kids. While you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of the Christmas on the Potomac holiday extravaganza.
Santa on the Ellipse – Today is the last opportunity to get a glimpse of Santa’s operations and a free photo op. Santa’s Workshop, part of Holiday on the Ellipse is open from 11am – 3pm, then it will close for the season. However, the rest of the Ellipse exhibits – the National Christmas tree, model train, Yule Log, and more — will remain on display through January 1. Read more about it in the post from yesterday.
Bright Lights – Many of the area light displays that help make the holidays dazzle will be open for viewing on Christmas evening. Pack the family in the car for a drive-thru light show or layer up and visit a walk-thru twinkling exhibit. For a list of light displays, see this post.
Chugga Chugga Christmas – No, I’m not suggesting a holiday kegger (but I’m not NOT suggesting it either), rather this is a reminder about all the great model train exhibits around town, many of which will be open al weekend. To find our where you can see them, check out this post.
Museum Time – Most Smithsonian museums are open today, but closed for Christmas. And many will have special extended hours when they reopen after the holiday. Visit the Smithsonian website to view schedules.
Kwanzaa Celebration – Treat your family and friends to a Kwanzaa Celebration. Hosted by Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton and EZ Street, this inspirational holiday event will honor local community leaders, activists and youth mentors. Featuring performances by The Black Notes, Farafina Kan, Maimouna Yousseff, Gods’illa and the Ballou High School Choir. Tickets are $20/general admission, $10/youth, $15/seniors and are available through Ticketmaster or at the Lincoln Theatre box office.