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Where to See Holiday Lights in Washington, DC

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Holiday Happenings 

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1. National Christmas Tree 

Head to the White House lawn to see the National Christmas tree and the mini state trees - one for each state and territory. For fewer crowds, visit during the day or on a week night.  

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The Capitol Christmas Tree is often less crowded than the White House but just as lovely. Plus, you can visit it after a late afternoon trip to the Botanic Gardens.

2. Capitol Christmas Tree 

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3. Botanic Gardens

In December, head to the Botanic Gardens for Seasons Greenings. Enjoy an outdoor display with model trains, holiday plants, and DC monument displays made from plants. 

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4. ZooLights

Head to the Zoo from 5 to 9 pm nightly during the holiday season. Enjoy lots of animal themed lights and warm up in the cozy animal houses. 

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From Thanksgiving to January 22, enjoy light displays throughout Georgetown. These displays are generally not holiday themed but a fun way to see the neighborhood after dark. 

5. Georgetown Glow

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