From iconic events like the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and National Menorah to annual traditions like Four Seasons Washington's Thanksgiving on the Mayflower... the season of light in the nation's capital is a magical experience for the entire family. 

The Season of Giving at Four Seasons Washington

Four Seasons Washington comes to life during the holiday season, starting in November with its annual Thanksgiving on the Mayflower and its festive food and beverage offerings. 

  • For the 18th consecutive year, the hotel will once again host its annual holiday tradition, Thanksgiving on the MayflowerOn November 23, Hotel guests are invited to join staff volunteers dressed in festive costume to serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast to police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical responders, hospital workers, park police and other public servants working on the holiday.
  • The hotel embodies the season of light with Light Up The Season: a family-friendly community fundraising event in support of Children’s National Health System. On November 28, the hotel will transform into a festive wonderland featuring custom created holiday décor. Each original piece is a unique collaboration between a patient and a notable area designer. 
  • Light up The Season continues with a special event on December 3. A fun-filled celebration with live entertainment,  holiday cookie decorating, ornament making and photos with Santa and Dr. Bear, Children's National's mascot will play host to a silent auction fundraiser where patrons can bid on the specialty décor. All proceeds will benefit one of the top ten children’s hospitals in the nation.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Hungry guests enjoy the tastes of the winter season with festive treats and specialty food and beverage offerings.

  • Kids and adults alike can revel in seasonal wonder at the hotel's annual Gingerbread House at Seasons Restaurant. The design changes each year, and 2017 proves to be extra special with a creative west-coast inspired design from new Pastry Chef, James Drye, formerly of the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.
  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day Brunch are also offered at Seasons Restaurant for a festive feast.
  • Award-winning Bourbon Steak will be ringing in the holidays with the 12 Days of Cocktails and a special Croque-en-Bouche to celebrate the New Year. Speciatly prix-fixe menus will also be available on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 
  • A favorite amongst locals and travelers alike, ENO Wine Bar will host a celebratory champagne and oyster event on New Year's Eve, complete with the finest wine, cheese, chocolate and charcuterie that the region has to offer. 

Festive Activies in Historic Georgetown

Nothing says the holidays quite like a day spent in Historic Georgetown. With everything just steps away from Four Seasons Washington, the experience is a treat that the entire family can enjoy. 

  • Experience the light of the season at Georgetown Glow, the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations.
  • The Washington Harbor transforms from its picturesque fountain to a recreational skating rink in the winter, making for the ultimate festive experience. 
  • Deck the Halls at the Historic Tudor Palace with a family Christmas celebration. Kids and adults alike can explore the mansion, write a letter to Santa, sing with carolers, make Christmas crafts and nibble on holiday cookies.

A Holiday of the Arts

Enjoy festive theater productions and art-filled events sprinkled with seasonal magic in a hub of arts and culutre.

  • Experience the seasonal magic of The Nutcracker performed by The Washington Ballet. Set in historic Georgetown, the original adaptation features historical figures such as George Washington and King George III
  • Visit the iconic Ford's Theatre for a must-see holiday production: Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. The annual production has been a Washington tradition for more than 35 years.
  • Venture to the Downtown Holiday Market, located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Visitors can experience a rotating roster of artisans, vendors and holiday performances. 



Unexpected Holiday Experiences

Washington, DC is filled with unique and unexpected experiences both during the holiday season and year-round. Make the most of your visit to the nation's capital by experiencing something new. 

  • Travelling with the family? Make sure not to miss ZooLights: a huge display of holiday lights at the National Zoo. Admission is free and guests can enjoy attractions such as a slide, carousel and train ride.
  • See Christmas in DC on wheels with a Segway tour of the capital city’s most iconic sites and monuments. Roll past highlights such as the Botanical Gardens Holiday Showcase, the National Mall and the Capitol and National Christmas Trees.
  • Add a little rhythm into the holiday season at Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration, where Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
  • The Annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam is a rocking Washington, DC tradition dating back nearly twenty years. The free show takes place in The Kennedy Center’s elegant Grand Foyer, and is a unique way to spend the holiday afternoon.