Top Six Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at National Harbor

News Release, Bendur Communications

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Nov. 6, 2019—Celebrate the holidays at the Washington, D.C. region’s premier waterfront escape. National Harbor’s popular holiday celebration takes place throughout the destination with events and activities all season long for the whole family. Here are the top six ways to celebrate the season at the Waterfront District at National Harbor Presented by Chase:

1.Ignite your holiday spirit with a festive tree lighting

Starting November 16 through January 5, ignite your holiday spirit with the nightly lighting of the 56-foot tree and two million twinkling lights in the National Harbor Waterfront District. The tree light show takes place daily, every half hour from sundown to 9 p.m.  On weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) there will be snowfall over the tree during the light show.

2. Watch spectacular fireworks light up the sky

Every Saturday from November 16 to December 28, celebrate the holidays with a spectacular fireworks display at 5:30 p.m.

3.Catch a holiday movie

Bring the whole family and enjoy family holiday movies on the plaza screen each Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Complimentary popcorn provided by Chase and the first 120 guests for each weekly movie, will receive a Chase blanket.

  • 11/16               Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • 11/23               Elf
  • 11/30               The Grinch
  • 12/07               Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • 12/14               The Polar Express
  • 12/21               A Christmas Story
  • 12/28               Love Actually
  • 1/4                   The Holiday                      

4. Take a spin on The Capital Wheel with Santa

Purchase a ticket to The Capital Wheel and you can ride with Santa on a first-come, first-served basis every Saturday from Nov. 30 through December 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures, wish list sharing and once-in-a-lifetime family experience. Each climate-controlled gondola will be wrapped in holiday cheer featuring peppermint striping, Santa hats, and snowflakes. Chase cardholders will also get a special discount on wheel rides throughout the Holiday Season.

5.Enjoy a Frozen Carousel Christmas

Purchase a ticket to the waterfront Carousel and meet an Ice Princess and her favorite Snowman on Saturdays from Nov. 30 to December 21 from noon to 2 p.m. A frosty backdrop and wintry theme create the perfect spot to meet these heartwarming characters and pose for holiday photos.

6.Shop ‘til you drop

The Waterfront District makes holiday shopping a breeze where there are walkable streets with unique shops and boutiques such as Peeps & Company (one of only two in the country), House of Jonlei Atelier, BrookieGirl and more. These join nationally recognized brands including Alex and Ani, Build-A-Bear, Carhartt, South Moon Under and others. Select stores will offer free hot drinks like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate courtesy of Chase.

And, that’s not all.  The holidays at National Harbor are truly spectacular and packed with activities, special events, and attractions including Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Christmas on the Potomac is highlighted by ICE! featuring Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, an indoor walk through exhibit carved from 2 million pounds of ice depicting scenes from the popular, heartwarming holiday tale. Other Christmas on the Potomac attractions include ice tubing; a dazzling 55-foot suspended Starlight Christmas tree and nightly laser, light and music show; Reindeer Rush Ice Tubing and a new outdoor Winter Square with ice-skating, hot cocoa and the Tinsel Tavern ugly sweater bar! Visit to see all of the activities, packages and special events.

MGM National Harbor features a breathtaking holiday display in the conservatory and Tanger Outlets provides a shopping extravaganza with more than 85 designer brands. National Harbor is the perfect location to enjoy a wide array of unforgettable holiday activities and events in the Capital Region. For more information about celebrating the Holidays at National Harbor, visit

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