Fun Holiday Activities To See Over Winter Break


Ice Skating

Looking for something to do on a Friday night? Grab a group of friends and go ice skating at Rockville Ice Arena. The arena offers a choice of three different indoor rinks, so all that needs to be done is to make a choice, put on some skates and go have fun. Payment is by the hour. Other than ice skating, Rockville Ice Arena offers a small restaurant and an arcade with many games to play.


White House Christmas Tree

Go see the wondrous lights on the National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse in Washington DC. Along with this beautiful sight, there are other nightly entertainments such as concerts, performances and displays such as a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger. Also featured is Santa’s Workshop, and if lucky, there is a chance that Santa Claus will be spotted.


Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park

Take a three and a half mile drive through Seneca Creek State Park and witness more than 360 illuminated attractions and 65 moving displays. The attractions throughout the park are Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toy Land and Penguin Cove. Prices range from $12 to $15 per vehicle.


Brookside Garden: Garden Of Lights

Brookside Garden in Wheaton Regional Park hosts the Garden of Lights each winter season and the time has come again. Enjoy the illuminated walk through this garden as many displays are brought to life with twinkling lights. Some of these displays include a dragon, reindeer, spider web and trees. There will be musical performances on select evenings. Prices range from $20-$25 per vehicle entry.


Zoo Lights

Visit the National Zoo and see many displays of the Zoo’s most popular animals made of gleaming lights. Along with the lights show, there are crafts to be made, ice sculptures to be seen and choral groups to be heard. Admission into Zoo Lights is free, but there is a parking fee of $9 for Friends of the National Zoo members and $16 for non-members.