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Christmas Tree Lighting & Show:


The Eastern Market Park stunning holiday light show takes place everyday 5 pm 6 pm & 7 pm.


The 17th Annual Tree Lighting with a stunning holiday light show, will take place on Saturday, November 18 at 5:30 pm at Eastern Market Metro Park. On Barracks Row 8th SE celebrate the holiday season with stunning holiday light displays at each of the different businesses!


In 2007, the BID planted a 20-foot evergreen tree (species Cedrus deodara) in the large circle garden at Eastern Market Metro Plaza to honor our founding President George Didden III.  The tree is beautifully decorated by the BID’s “men in blue” every December, and illuminated in front of the Capitol Hill community to kick off the holiday season.

Kathy Didden, wife of the late George Didden, has proudly flipped the switch to light the tree every year since its planting.  Festive cheers and caroling always follow the grand illumination of the tree, while friends gather for hot chocolate and holiday treats. Community participation in the annual tree lighting grows every year to celebrate the season while honoring the memory of our beloved friend George.


Celebrate the holiday season on 8th Street SE with stunning holiday light displays! Each of the businesses on 8th Street SE will be featuring a dazzling array of lights. Take part in our friendly competition and vote for your favorite light display. At the Winter Lights, you're sure to make unforgettable memories with your loved ones.


Ring in the Christmas season at the historic Capital Turnaround


Christmas Village - Capital Turnaround - Sat 12/2 10 am - 2 pm - Free event for kids and families!

  • Santa Train: Train rides on a kid-sized train

  • Skate-less Indoor Skating Rink: Kids, bring your Christmas socks to slip and slide on our faux ice skating rink.

  • Christmas Movies: Free, festive, family-friendly holiday movies

  • Pictures with Santa: Pose with Santa for a free professional family photo (we'll send you the download link)

  • Hot Cocoa & Coffee: Hot cocoa for kids, coffee for parents, and food trucks on site for treats

  • Craft Stations: Well-stocked craft stations where you can make your own Christmas ornaments and more


Kids can also enjoy our indoor play space, and parents can watch in comfort from our cozy seating areas

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More Holiday Events:

8th Street SE Holiday Displays




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