Most businesses are closed on Christmas Day, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your time with family and friends. In fact, in the Washington, D.C., metro area, there are quite a few places specific to the area that are open for your enjoyment, as well as some that you might not think would be open on Christmas.
Most movie theaters are open on Christmas Day. Even better, there are a couple of movies scheduled to come out on that day, so check your local theaters for what’s showing. Then grab some family (or just yourself!), buy popcorn and other snacks, and enjoy some time in front of the silver screen.
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If dressing up really gets you in the Christmas spirit, look into catching a show or concert at the Kennedy Center. There’s a free All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam at 6 p.m. at its Millennium Stage. You can also check for tickets to performances scheduled in the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theatre and the Theatre Lab on Christmas Day. So grab your favorite holiday dress and get going! Tis the season!
Whether you’re a novice or waiting to get picked up by the NHL, ice skating can be a fun activity for the entire family. There are a number of ice skating rinks in the DC area including the Washington Harbour in Georgetown, The Wharf Ice Rink, and Glacier Glide Ice Skating at the Gaylord National.
Presents are good and fun but don’t forget about the incredible Christmas feast we enjoy every year! For those of us who are more about the eating, not the cooking and cleaning, there are a number of open restaurants that are sure to tantalize the taste buds and silence the hunger beast within us all. Check out Christmas Dinner at Restaurants in the Washington, DC Area by tripsavvy to see a complete list. If you couldn’t find what you’re looking for, you can also take a look at The Gaylord National which is hosting the Pienza Marketplace Christmas Day Grand Buffet or Lansdowne Resort’s Christmas Day Brunch.
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If there’s nothing better than a good walkabout in nature to clear your mind and work off some holiday calories, take advantage of a local park and go on a hike. The crisp December air won’t be an issue once you get moving! And remember: Some parks might close their entrance gates for the holidays, so definitely call ahead to find out more about how to access and get your hike on. You can also walk through the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, which is open every single day of the year. You won’t be able to get a guided tour on Christmas Day, but you’ll definitely be able to wander on your own.
The Mount Vernon Estate is another landmark unique to D.C., and it’s open both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. During the Holidays at Mount Vernon, visitors get a glimpse of an early-American Christmas. Exclusively during this time of year, the rarely seen third floor is open to the public. An elaborately re-created dessert course is displayed in the large dining room with the Washington’s’ famed “Great Cake” as the centerpiece of the feast.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience for both you and the little ones, check out the “Season’s Greenings” at the U.S. Botanic Garden attraction on the National Mall. It features a unique exhibit with model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, DC’s most famous buildings and monuments. While you’re there, take a trip to the National Tree — and yes, they’re all open Christmas Day!