Christmas Time in DC
Plus the Festival of Lights
3 Days | December
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
Enjoy a festive, fun time in Washington DC. See the Temple Festival of lights with live nativities, enjoy a performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre and take a candlelight tour of Mount Vernon where you meet Mrs. Washington. There is also time for the Smithsonian Museums and a scenic lunch cruise on the Potomac.
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Day 1 – Washington DC – Hillwood Estate – Festival of Lights
Arrive this afternoon in Washington DC where you start with a tour of the Hillwood Estate. Marjorie Merriweather Post bought Hillwood in 1955 and soon decided her home would be a museum that would inspire and educate the public. Her northwest Washington, D.C. estate endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished eighteenth-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens. The Estate will also be decorated for the holidays.
Then check into your suburban DC hotel for a two-night stay. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights. Lights will illuminate the grounds from dusk until 9:00 pm every evening December 1st through January 2nd. See beautiful Créche displays featuring nativities from around the world. Enjoy over 400,000 lights, beautifully decorated Christmas Trees, and a wide array of performances. (D)
Day 2 – Morning at Smithsonian Museums – Ford’s Theatre Tour – Matinee Performance of “A Christmas Carol” – Mount Vernon Candlelight Tour
After breakfast, enjoy free time this morning for the Smithsonian Museums. Visit the museums which interests you the most, like the: Air & Space, the American Indian, Natural History, American History and more.
The afternoon includes a tour of Ford’s Theatre, the site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Lincoln. Ford’s Theatre is still operating and is one of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital.
Followed by a matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a production heralded as a “rich visual and vocal treat” (TheaterMania) and “infectiously jolly” (The Washington Post).
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant then end the day with a Candlelight Tour of Mount Vernon. Meet Mrs. Washington and other 18th-century residents of Mount Vernon in a 45-minute candlelit tour of the Mount Vernon estate. Learn about holiday traditions of 18th-century Virginia, and hear stories of Christmases past from costumed character actors portraying Washington’s family, friends, and enslaved or hired staff. (B,D)
Day 3 – Potomac River Lunch Cruise – Depart for Home
Enjoy a leisurely morning before a Spirit Lunch Cruise on the Potomac River. Delight in fine dining, festive music and fabulous views of DC’s greatest landmarks as you cruise down the Potomac River. Depart for home after the cruise. (B,L)