Winter Walk of Lights


Cold, fresh air awaits. Step into holidays by taking your family for a walk among over 750,000 magical lights. An annual display with several years of crafted expansion, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens knows how to present a magnificent display. It’s one of the best Christmas light experiences in the D.C. area, making it worth the drive. Come Prepared Dress for the…

Homestead Winter Birthday


A Winter Birthday Unlike Any Other She saw an ad in a magazine. It looked like a castle to her. “Virginia’s Great Dame” it declared. All she knew was that she needed to go to this magnificent place. She requested it for her birthday. If you’re like me, you grab any idea that comes your way when it comes to…

ChristmasTown Holiday Tradition


When our little family moved to Virginia, we didn’t REALLY consider the impact that living so far away from our loved ones would have during the holidays. We had to get creative and come up with new, cost-effective family holiday traditions to help make up for the lack of family. That was when we discovered ChristmasTown at Busch Gardens. Years…

Four Things to Know | Visiting the National Christmas Tree


When the tree in your back yard lights up the world, it calls like a beacon to all nearby to make this annual pilgrimage. Living so close to DC, if you haven’t been to the National Christmas Tree, it means that you haven’t yet experienced the siren’s song. She has been quieter in recent years, (Where did Santa’s North Pole…

Christmas Tree Hunting


While I may have grown up surrounded by trees, the thought of cutting down our own tree was almost comedic, like a scene from a Christmas movie. I never even considered where the trees actually came from. Our local grocery store usually had a tree lot where everyone went to collect a tree. Now, I have children of my own…

Winter Wonderland Train Show


Non-Digital Creative Outlet:  In an age where electronic tablets and smartphones dominate the imagination of our young, there is a greater need to introduce them to the world of trains. The Winter Wonderland Train Show provides the perfect introduction. When you enter the display, all eyes are wide with curiosity. You can see and share their fascination with the details…

Winter Wanders


  The transition from russet leaves to rosy cheeks will soon be complete. Holiday memory makers and winter wonders to explore are at hand. Check out our Winter Wanders collection of local and semi-local activities. Brave the outdoors or find warm indoor activities that will keep boredom at bay.