Get in the holiday spirit with these light displays and events in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...all around the DMV. 

It's that time of the year where everyone starts spreading the holiday cheer and the Nation's Capital is no exception. 

Whether it's spectacular light displays, holiday markets or holiday-themed pop-up bars, there seems to be a seasonal event for everyone. 

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Experience Christmas the D.C. way with this list of events posted by washington.org

National Christmas Tree 

The National Christmas Tree is located in President's Park on the White House Ellipse, across from the Washington Monument. It's free to visit and open from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and lit each day from 4:30 - 10 p.m. 

National Menorah 

On Dec. 12, the lighting ceremony of the National Menorah will take place on the White House Ellipse (near the National Christmas Tree) at 3:30 p.m. The lighting ceremony is free, but tickets are required. 

ZooLights 

The ZooLights at the National Zoo is an after-hours events that illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 lights. The light display started on Nov. 24 and will run until Jan.1, closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31. If you love craft beers, warm up with BrewLights on Nov. 30. 

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree 

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit in early December. To visit the tree, go to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 

Downtown Holiday Market 

The Downtown Holiday Market is full of crafters, different vendors, holiday treats and performances. It is located at 8th and F Streets in Northwest, D.C. in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Get your holiday shopping on Nov. 24 - Dec. 23 from 12 - 8 p.m. 

Miracle on Seventh Street 

Some people prefer hot cocoa, others prefer Christmas-themed cocktails to warm them up around the holiday season. Miracle on Seventh Street is a pop-up bar on 7th Street in Shaw. It opens on Nov. 24 and will remain open until New Year's Eve. 

Georgetown GLOW 

Local and international artists will display light-art in outdoor spaces throughout Georgetown in an event called Georgetown GLOW. The light-art goes on display Dec. 8 - Jan. 7 from 5 - 10 p.m. 

Season's Greenings at U.S. Botanic Garden 

The U.S. Botanic Garden takes decking the halls to a new level with their annual Season's Greenings exhibit. Take a trip across the U.S. with a model train that runs through 45 plant-based models of roadside attractions. The exhibit is open from Nov. 23 - Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will stay open until 8 p.m. with holiday concerts most Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December.

Tree at the Library of Congress 

Hate being out in the cold? Don't worry, the Library of Congress has you covered with its indoor Christmas tree. The tree can be visited by the First Street SE entrance between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

German Christmas market in Dupont Circle 

During the first weekend in December, enjoy the Christkindlmarkt at The Heurich House. The event is held from 4 - 9 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Dec. 2-3. 

Swedish Christmas Bazaar 

On the first Saturday of December, attend the Swedish Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden. The event is held from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and features a Swedish marketplace. 

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Go visit the Christmas decorations at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which features more than 50 decorated Christmas trees and 65,000 lights. The Basilica is open to the public daily from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and admission is free. 

Russian Winter Festival 

On Dec. 9-10 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., head over to the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens for the Russian Winter Festival where you can meet Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa) and his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden. Admission is $18, $15 for seniors, $12 for members, $10 for college students and $5 for children 6-18. Children under 6 get in for free. 

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights 

This annual Christmas event will be held on Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Marina in Alexandria, Va. Spectators can watch for free as dozens of boats decorated with lights cruise the Potomac River for the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The event has many different activities scheduled, including an appearance by Santa at 3 p.m. 

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