If you’re tired of the same old carolers and light displays, check out these five unique holiday celebrations around the D.C. area.
CityCenterDC’s yearly holiday displays don’t disappoint. This year, the retail destination brought back their “Dream Closet” overhead installation. As you shop the luxury boutiques like Hermès, Carolina Herrera and Dior, there are hundreds of holiday ornaments draped above Palmer Alley that create a cheery winter wonderland. Those who visit CCDC are welcome to Instagram their photos there with the hashtag #CCDCHolidays. 10th and H Sts. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The North Bethesda shopping and dining area is hosting fake snow on weekends at Rose Park. The “snow” falls at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. through December 22. Rose Park is surrounded by a gigantic L.L. Bean, West Coast import Baked Bear and new ramen joint Jinya. Those interested in entering a holiday-themed contest can snap their favorite holiday-themed photo at Pike & Rose and use the hashtag #ohwhatfun. Winners get $500 gift cards. 11580 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda, MD 20852
The cult favorite Christmas-themed bar is back. The holiday-inspired pop-up bar is bringing plenty of joy and cheer from 7th St. through New Year’s Eve. This year, the Drink Company (the organization behind the event), is using a panda theme. Expect to see a panda mural, panda mugs and more. There is a jingle bell canopy as well as a nostalgic mistletoe photo booth and an oversized New Year’s Eve ball. 1843 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Arlington National Cemetery is the day 253,000 wreaths are lain at the gravesite of every veteran in the cemetery. The annual day is December 15th at 8 a.m. with wreath placements starting promptly at 9 a.m. Once volunteers are finished, it is truly a breathtaking site to see. Many families come out to the event to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Those who can’t make it out to place wreaths are welcome to sponsor one instead to remember veterans. Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Ft. Myer, VA 22211
One of the area’s most interesting traditions is the Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple’s Festival of Lights. The temple, actually located in Kensington, MD is celebrating its 41st year of lights. Until January 1, the temple’s grounds are twinkling with over 650,000 lights. There are also multiple Christmas trees with international themes, an exhibit of créches from around the world and a life-sized outdoor nativity scene. For those who get too cold to be outside, there are nightly performances in an indoor theater. 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895, 301-587-0144