You’ve done your holiday shopping, wrapped your presents, and decorated your home. Now that you’ve opened all of your gifts, here are a few fun ideas for how to spend the remainder of your holiday weekend with your friends and family:
Light Up the Night
There are plenty of holiday light shows that are around this season, particularly in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. In Ashburn, VA, the LightUp Fest features spectacular displays, various selections of food, and acrobatic performances. Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian National Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with its annual Zoolights event – plus, admission is free! And in National Harbor, MD, explore some of the Charlie Brown-themed ice sculptures on display at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Brunch Out or Dine In
If your family is already tired of cooking for the holidays, you can always take them to brunch or dinner at a nice restaurant. Here are a few selections of restaurants that will be open for the holidays. For any other restaurants that you have in mind, make sure that you call to see whether they are open and whether you can place a reservation. If you’d rather host a big meal at home, that is fine too! Cook up some honey mustard glazed ham or a grits and greens casserole to fill your loved ones’ hunger.
Watch a Movie on the Big Screen
There are plenty of great movies coming out this holiday weekend. For some kid-friendly entertainment, check out movies like Mary Poppins Returns and The Grinch. For something more action-packed and exciting, Aquaman and Bumblebee are great options too. And for critically-acclaimed movies that could possibly snatch some Oscars in 2019, be on the lookout for showings of If Beale Street Could Talk and Vice.
…Or Watch a Live Performance
The holiday experience can be even more exciting when you get the chance to see a live performance. Take your loved ones to see the Washington Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC with tickets starting at $33. And at the Kennedy Center, you will be able to catch the All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam on Christmas Day.
While all these activities are great, do keep in mind that what really matters is the quality time you spend with your loved ones. Spend some time reflecting on these special moments. We hope the best is yet to come in the new year!