The Top 4 Free Winter Activities in Washington, DC

Dec. 13, 2019

Washington, DC winters are full of fun activities, and stunning holiday decorations. Visitors can travel to the nation’s capital in style with a luxury bus ride from NYC to DC this winter while saving money on some of the city's great free activities.

Here is a list of four of the top free winter activities to enjoy during a winter bus trip to Washington, DC.

4 Free Winter Activities in Washington, DC

  1. Enjoy the city lights

Nothing warms people up during the cold weather like a breathtaking light display. Visitors can enjoy the Smithsonian National Zoo lit up in thousands of lights for the holidays, free of charge from late November to the end of December. From early January to early December, visitors should also head to GLOW, which is an impressive art exhibition in Georgetown, featuring beautiful light displays. Those who happen to be in the city on December 7th, should not miss the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, where numerous boats covered in lights will travel down the Potomac River.

  1. View holiday displays

Beyond the city's many winter light displays, Washington, DC is also full of impressive holiday displays. In President's Park, visitors can enjoy free musical performances, and take pictures of the National Christmas Tree. For more Christmas festivities, travelers can head to Union Station to look at the incredible model train and Norweigan Christmas tree display. Visitors celebrating Chanukah during the winter can also view the largest menorah in the world in front of the White House and enjoy great food and entertainment by ordering a free ticket.

  1. Commemorate fallen soldiers

During an indulgent, luxury bus trip from NYC to DC this winter, visitors are encouraged to take a moment to pay tribute to fallen soldiers by laying a wreath in the beautiful Arlington National Cemetery on December 14th. During the season of giving, this is a great way to commemorate those who have suffered.

  1. Enjoy winter entertainment

From the annual Swedish Bazaar to the cozy fire at the Wharf, Washington offers a range of fun events where visitors can enjoy musical entertainment, food, drinks, games, and shopping. The Downtown Holiday Market is a local favorite, where DC visitors can purchase everything from luxury products to holiday treats.

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