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Holiday Events in DC

Have a holly jolly Christmas in Washington, D.C., when the national monuments are twinkling with millions of lights and the city is adorned with symbols of peace and joy. Celebrate the winter season and start your holidays at The Christmas Revels, or take the family for a night out together to see the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Enjoy an inviting and peaceful stay during your holiday getaway at Colony South Hotel and Conference Center.

Washington DC Things to See and Do

  • National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace

    The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a holiday tradition among the country and draws thousands of people from around the world. Watch as this symbol of national and world peace lights up the sky with millions of sparkling bulbs, glistening icicles, and beautiful Christmas ornaments.
  • ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort

    Step inside this hand-sculpted winter wonderland created out of 5,000 ice blocks. Walk through this 15,000 square foot marvel on display at Gaylord National Resort. The 2013 ICE! exhibit will feature the theme of the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
  • The Christmas Revels

    Celebrate the winter season and kick off your holidays with this full cast performance at Lisner Auditorium in DC. Washington Revels combines classic elements of the holidays with modern ideas, blending professionals and amateurs, kids and adults, and a variety of cultural traditions.


  • Wayfarer Restaurant

    After a day of holiday shopping, grab a cozy spot by the fireplace or lake view table and enjoy an expertly prepared Italian feast, including traditional favorites and homemade pastas. Wayfarer Restaurant offers delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner service.
  • Decoy Lounge

    Unwind after a day of holiday events, festivals and shopping at the Decoy Lounge in the Colony South hotel. Enjoy great happy hour deals, finger licking good wings and an extensive appetizer menu. Check out live music on the weekends and Wednesday night karaoke.
  • International Cafe

    Located in the lobby of the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, International Café serves breakfast and lunch favorites, such as salads, subs, soups and sandwiches. The aroma of the holidays fills the air year-round with our freshly baked muffins, cookies, cakes, scones and brownies.
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  • Smithsonian Museums Package

    Stay with us during your holiday vacation and enjoy this wonderful Smithsonian Museum Package that combines luxury accommodations, discounted transport options, breakfast and much more.
    • Deluxe Accommodations for two nights at Colony South Hotel
    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Free Metro shuttle service
    • $25 food credit in any of our Food and Beverage outlets
    • 2 Prepaid Metro day passes