This side of the Potomac is the steady and growing another half to the Capital, a vibrant and growing region making bounds in every area, with more than its own scores of restaurants, parks, attractions, and activities to match the other parts of the DMV. Whether you are a tourist drafting a holiday season itinerary, a returning local visiting friends and family, or a curious local, you’ll find something for everyone in the northern Virginia area. Read on for some of our favorite holiday season festivals and events here around the Alexandria-Arlington area.
Holidays at the National Harbor
A short trip over the Potomac to National Harbor and visitors will find holiday season joy all throughout the winter, with regular events and festivities happening all the time! Among these are grandiose firework shows, movies on the harbor, storytelling sessions, and circus shows! Whether you are searching for a lower-stakes, relaxed community event for the holiday season or just looking for a pleasant evening outing, head over to the National Harbor and join the party!
Rosslyn Central Place Plaza
Enjoy lights and sounds of holiday season cheer at Rosslyn Central Place Plaza, a great photo opportunity, and a sightseeing event to tour a number of ‘Wanderland’ stations around a gorgeous Christmas tree. This event combines the sense of community and calm of a town square with the excitement of the holidays and is a great option for families, groups, and couples to spend the evening exploring while making plenty of memories.
Water Skiing Santa
One of the more unique sights in the Alexandria-Arlington area during the holiday season is the stunning feats of athleticism and dexterity of waterskiing and water sports on the Potomac every Christmas Eve. Among these water skiing and boating professionals that flip, dance, and grace the water include… Santa Claus? Indeed, Christmas icons such as Santa Claus and the Grinch also take part in the stunts, making for a truly special and amusing sight over the water for all in the capital region. Come watch Santa Claus show off his water skiing skills in this hilarious and captivating performance at the Waterskiing Santa Water Ski Christmas show.
View of DC
For a more serene and inspiring holiday season event, come out to the View of DC, where visitors can look out at the whole capital region adorned in holiday season lights. This is great for both travelers and locals alike to appreciate the beauty of the region like never before, a unique point providing views over historic Georgetown, the capital and its most prominent institutions and monuments, the Potomac, the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Alexandria-Arlington region as a whole. This is a great activity when catching the sunsets, or ending a day’s worth of plans with a more mellow, reflective activity to wind down after adventuring and exploring the capital region.
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