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Illuminate Your Holiday with Lighting Extravaganza’s

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, December 3rd, 2012 PS

Gaylord National’s ICE!
Daily through Jan. 6
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in Alaska? Gaylord National’s popular ICE! winter holiday attraction returns with a nine-degree tour, so dress warmly!  This year’s ICE! features DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls. The DreamWorks animated holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and incredible 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from two million pounds of ice! Relive the heartwarming story as you stroll through this amazing attraction featuring your favorite movie characters. When Shrek tries to plan the “perfect Christmas” for Fiona and the kids, his plans are disrupted by chaos and commotion. But, in the end, Shrek learns the true meaning of the holiday. Pricing ranges from $15-$30

Meadowlarks Winter Walk of Lights
Daily through Jan. 16
Meadowlarks gardens, 7950 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna
Every day through Jan. 16 Winter Walk of Lights will be open from 5:30-10 p.m. Enjoy a half mile walk through the nature, gardens, and wildlife of lights. Then, on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. join Santa for a special dinner. Dinner will be buffet style with family friendly food such as Swedish meatballs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more! 

Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m.; Dec. 9, 3-6 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique  charm and history of Old Town at this popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and the historic Bank of Alexandria building by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. Special this year – a holiday taste of historic chocolate, co-sponsored by the Historic Division of Mars, Inc. Cost: More information on the holiday candlelight tours here. $20 adults/$15 seniors/$5 kids

Festival of Lights in Fairfax
Through Jan. 6 daily beginning at 5 p.m.
Kitty Pozer Garden’s in Old Town Fairfax
Ring in the holiday season at the illumination of the Kitty Pozer Garden in Old Town Fairfax. The lighting display is sponsored by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Bull Run Festival of Lights. Other events at the garden include lunch with Santa, candlelight tours, and live holiday music. For more information on the events click here.

Nov. 23 – 25, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Dec. 7 – 9, and every night beginning Dec. 14 – Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) from 5-9 p.m.
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington DC
The sixth annual Zoolights celebration will be held select nights in November and December. After dark, the Smithsonian National Zoo is brighter than ever! Animal zilhouettes will be lit up for a spectacular walk through the zoo at night. Not only stroll through the lighting design but you can also enjoy other attractions, exhibits and entertainment such as Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Apes House, Think Tank and Kids’ Farm will stay open late especially for ZooLights. Don’t forget to have your holiday photo and panda photo taken. The lighting exhibit is free!   

Bull Run Festival of Lights
Daily through Jan. 6
Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville
For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people!

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