At the Botanic Garden, there’s a special holiday show with Washington landmarks created out of plant materials © Victoria Pickering
It’s Open on Christmas!
December 23rd, 2016
Ever wish there was something else open in D.C. on Christmas Day other than restaurants and movie theaters? While the Smithsonian and most other museums are closed, here are five places that are open: Mount Vernon, the Botanic Garden, the Mormon Temple Festival of Lights, the National Christmas Tree, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. They are all free, except for Mount Vernon.
At Mount Vernon, you’ll see some special decorations and activities, and meet Aladdin the Camel who is at Mount Vernon for the holidays (Washington brought a camel to Mount Vernon in 1787 to entertain his guests, but not much else is known about this episode) © Victoria Pickering
At the Kennedy Center, you can walk around the building, or go to the free 6:00 performance on the Millennium Stage. Easiest way to get there: a free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom Metro (it’s also within walking distance from that stop) © Victoria Pickering
The Mormon Temple Festival of Lights has performances, decorated trees, and a collection of international creches inside the Visitor’s Center, but the spectacular sight is the 650,000 lights on the trees outside © Victoria Pickering
An odd creature popping out of a neon landscape with trains running through it at the Botanic Garden © Victoria Pickering
The National Christmas tree, along with trees representing each state, is on the Ellipse © Victoria Pickering
I'm a D.C. native, but have only been taking photos for about five years. Even in that time, I've seen so many changes in D.C., and am increasingly interested in photographing the things in D.C. that are temporary or may be demolished, and the people who interact with the city. When I'm not out photographing, I'm a web developer.
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