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It’s that time of the year where there are Holiday events and celebrations going on everywhere to enjoy. I have listed a few of C.A.B.’s favorite events  and a few that we are going to check out below:

Parade of Lights – Watch decorated boats light up the water at the Wharf in SW DC on December 3rd 6 – 8pm. This was the first time we have attended this event and we will be back every year from now on. In addition to the boats; Santa  was there taking pictures for free , decorated cookie trees, there was fake snow falling on the decorated trees setting the scene,  a s’mores fire pit, and a holiday boat making station. C.A.B.’s review

Parade of BoatsHoliday Festival of Lights – Enjoy driving through a wonderful winter wonderland of light displays from the warmth of your car at Watkins Park in Upper Marlboro. C.A.B. and I normally grab a milk shake and sit back and enjoy all of the displays from the candy canes to Santa on a motorcycle. He spots something new each year. The Festival of Lights is nightly from December 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017 5-9:30 pm  5-9:30 pm and costs $5 a car.  It is free on Christmas. This year with the weather so nice; we plan on taking a Hayride through the lights for $5 a person. This option is available Fridays thru Sundays  in December.

ZooLights – The National Zoo is transformed into a Winter Wonderland of Lights that is breath taking until January 1, 2017. C.A.B. loves the rides; they have a giant slide, train ride, carousel and we end the evening off with hot chocolate. C.A.B. slides down the slide about 4 times; and I normally do it once. It was a blast last year; GEICO had a photo area that you could take pictures and they would send them to you and they gave you a GEICO flashlight. They also had a petting zoo. Zoo Lights is free, but the rides and food cost.  C.A.B.’s review

ZooLightsNational Christmas Tree – The National Christmas tree at the Ellipse is by far one of C.A.B.’s favorite Holiday places to visit. They have a city built around the base with trucks, rescue vehicles, trucks, trains, and etc. There are also trees that represent all of the states. We tend to go see the National Christmas Tree a few times. C.A.B.’s review

National Christmas Tree at the EllipseHoliday Exhibit at the US Botanic Garden – The US Botanic Garden had three Holiday exhibits last year. C.A.B. loves to go see the model trains in the East Gallery every year and to see what theme they will have. This year’s theme is  National Parks and Historic Places and it is truly amazing. I enjoy the replicas of all the monuments on the National Mall made with plant materials. Let’s not forget the huge tree in the West Gallery with Percy riding around it. They also have live music on Tuesday and Thursdays  throughout the month of December. See C.A.B.’s review


Holiday Trains and Planes – The College Aviation Museum in College Park features an exhibit of Holidays Trains and Planes on Saturdays December 17 -23rd from 10 am -3pm. The exhibit displays miniature trains with villages, tunnels and depots. C.A.B. had a ball he went back and forth from the trains to the interactive displays the museum has. C.A.B.’s review

Holiday Trains

Water Skiing SantaOld Town Alexandria; 1 Prince street Alexandria, VA; This event will be Saturday, December 24th 1pm. This is an event we haven’t been too, but it sounds fun and different to see Santa waterskiing,  wakeboarding reindeer, and flying elves.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park –  Six Flags;13710 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 through January 2, 2017.  Come experience holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides. C.A.B.’s review

Six FlagsYards Park Kids Noon Yards Eve Celebration – The third annual Noon Yards Eve at Yards Park 355 Water Street SE on December 31st from 10 am – 1pm.  Last year there were stilt walkers, clowns performing tricks, multiple moon bounces and slides, a trackless train, and face painting and a balloon drop at noon with a countdown. We had a ball. C.A.B.’s review

Yards Noon Years Eve