From waterfront views and vibrant fall foliage, fabulous shopping, and theater performances, there’s an endless number of things to do and see this November in Washington DC.
Make sure to dress in layers early in the month since the daytime highs will be mild with temps ranging from 60 to 70. Early mornings are usually crisp with temps in the mid-40s.
Get out that winter jacket because towards Thanksgiving as the temps will have steadily declined to the lower-50s in the day down to the upper-30s overnight.
November might be chilly, but it’s packed with hot things to do! Here are our ten top favorite things to do in DC in November.
City Center DC Tree Lighting Ceremony
Free to attend and fun for the whole family. This joyful celebration will officially kick off the holiday season. The tree will be one of the largest in the city touting over 150,000 sparkling lights. The ceremony will include special musical performances and area restaurants serving up delightful eats.
“We are delighted to continue to enhance our holiday experience,” says Timothy R. Lowery, general manager of City Center DC. “With something for the entire family, the tree lighting celebration has become one of the District’s favorite holiday traditions.”
Check back here for information on the 2019 event date and details http://citycenterdc.com/events/
The Nutcracker Show
The month of December is drawing closer and closer. Are you the sort of person who regularly crosses the days of your calendar until the holiday arrives? If so, you might want to make this one of your first events of the season.
Here’s your chance to see a holiday-themed production filling your heart with the joy of the season. Click here to find dates and times for this holiday classic:
Dine out for Thanksgiving Dinner
Turkey, pumpkin pie, freshly baked rolls, sweet potato casserole, and homemade stuffing. It all sounds so good until it’s time to cook and clean up. If you’re looking for a relaxing Thanksgiving dinner that you don’t have to cook or clean up after, check out the Eater DC Blog.
This blog will help you find restaurants that serve a special Thanksgiving meal. Make sure to check if reservations are necessary. Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 28nd this year.
If you’re looking to walk off those extra calories and get out of the house after the big meal, the Smithsonian Museums will be open on Thanksgiving Day. See hours here: https://www.si.edu/visit/hours#/?i=1
Black Friday Shopping
Ready, set…shop. It’s the busiest shopping day of the year, time to immerse yourself in some retail therapy. DC has lots of popular shopping neighborhoods. Here are a few great places we love to shop.
This established shopping hub features a little bit of everything. You’ll find high-end boutiques, indie specialty shops, national and international retail.
Downtown DC has 10 acres bustling with shops, cafes, restaurants, and public spaces. New developments in recent years offer lots of popular new shops.
Tysons Corner specializes in high-end brands located in Northern Virginia. It includes two retail campuses with more than 300 shops. The Metro’s Silver Line will take you to the retail mecca.
Check here for a complete list of shopping in the DC area https://washington.org/dc-guide-to/dcs-shopping-districts
Mt. Vernon By Candlelight
Get into the holiday spirit with a special after-hours lantern-lit walking tour at Mt. Vernon and learn about the holiday traditions of the 18th century. You will be greeted inside the mansion where stories of Christmases past will be shared.
If you are interested in visiting the home of George Washington for this tour click here for more information: https://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/mount-vernon-by-candlelight/
This is not a live event, but an event you can do from a site of your choice. Go to your favorite place; the park, beach, gym, treadmill or stadium. Upload your photos and share your experiences.
You can run or walk your own distance, 10k, 5k or 1k. Get out there and start burning some calories so you can enjoy those naughty holiday treats.
All registered participants will receive a medal or t-shirts. Dates are November 21st to November 25th.
For more info about the event click here: https://www.active.com/washington-dowtown-dc/running/distance-running-virtual-events/turkey-trot-13-1-10k-5k-1k-2019
DC Beer Fest
DC’s largest beer festival will be returning to National Park on November 2nd. Enjoy over 80 breweries, food trucks, bands, and dueling pianos. General admission is $45 and you must be 21 and over to attend.
The new DC law requires that Nationals Park is non-smoking, so this will be a non-smoking event. Click here for more information and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-beer-fest-tickets-67332201427
Holiday lights turn the National Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. Zoo lights is a family-friendly free event taking place November 29th – New Year’s Day (except Dec. 24th, 25th, and 31st).
This spectacular event will have two dazzling laser light shows set to music, a gingerbread village, reindeer games fun zone, zoo rides, and a holiday market. Click here for more information: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights
Food History Weekend
Come join the Smithsonian’s fifth annual Food History Weekend, November 7th-9th. There will be something for everyone from cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, beer history, and a black-tie gala. https://americanhistory.si.edu/events/food-history-weekend
Fall Fest River Cruise
Set sail and cruise down the beautiful Potomac River on November 3rd. The 90-minute cruise leaves the Washington Marina at 5:30 pm. Serving up ciders, wine, signature cocktails, autumn drink specials, and pumpkin beer. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
For more holiday fun check out our blog on The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze Coming to Washington D.C. https://www.enggarciagrant.com/the-worlds-largest-christmas-light-maze-is-coming-to-washington-d-c-for-the-first-time-this-year/