The Best of D.C. in Winter
With winter, it's hard to get excited about less daylight and impending snow and freezing temperatures, but between winter festivals, holiday lights, indoor activities, and seasonal events, there is much to warm up to in DC this time of year. Dating back to 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony by the President and First Family outside of the White House is the signature event. However, DC's festivities don't end with the holiday season and can continue well into the New Year.

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D.C.'s Outdoor Sculpture Gallery

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A bronze thinking rabbit, a stainless steel tree, and a cherry-red abstract horse—these may sound like characters from a modern-day version of Alice in Wonderland, but are actually highlights from the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. The park, located on the National Mall, is lined with canopy trees and clustered with shrubs and flowers that provide a refuge for visitors suffering from museum fatigue.

The public is encouraged to stroll among contemporary sculptures by artists that include Lichtenstein and Calder or to dine on treats from the park's Pavilion Café. The Sculpture Garden is open year-round; visitors can enjoy free Friday night jazz concerts by the fountain during warmer months or skate on it when it's converted into an ice rink during Winter.

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by Lara Dalinsky
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