So, I got a bit of flack from some folks for my last post claiming that “Washington DC is not a town that is known for Christmas displays.” I had more than a few people point out to me that there are very very large Christmas trees at both the US Capitol building, and the White House, as well as a very large tree downtown in China Town.
All of this is true. While I was referring to neighborhoods & houses, I certainly don’t want to discount the biggest displays in DC. So here is a round up of some of the biggest light displays in DC this year, just to correct the record:
National Christmas Tree at U.S. Capitol
White House Christmas Display:
It is hard to tell from my picture, but there are actually 50 individual trees surrounding the large one, each decorated by children from a state. There is also a Santa Villiage, and a lot more to see there!
Interestingly, one of the biggest brightest trees in town is at the Canadian Embassy, just a few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol. Decorated in red and white lights, natch!
US Botanical Gardens:
I didn’t make it inside before they, but the Botanic Garden has a model train Christmas display that runs through out the building, as well as a big tree in one area.
The new development area near China Town has, for two years in a row raised a 75 foot tall tree right in the middle of the downtown district.
There are other scattered Christmas displays, like these guys that appear each year in front of the Old Ebbitt Grill:
However, for the most part, DC Christmas displays are still a bit few and far between. I guess you could argue that this makes them even more special. But I secretly hope that some federal employees team up with Pinterest to deck out the whole city one day!