Each night in December, through January 1, myriad groups entertain visitors at the Ellipse, the grassy area south of the White House. The opening ceremony is at 5
The play has a two-week run at Ford's Theatre in late December. For tickets and information, call 202-347-4833 or visit
Evening viewing of the decorated interior of the White House by candlelight is available from 5
All December long, the Pope-Leighey House on the grounds of Woodlawn Plantation near Mount Vernon offers a Frank Lloyd Wright Christmas event. Decorations from the 1940s, when the house was built, adorn the Christmas tree. Call 703-780-4000 for more information.Trees of Christmas Exhibition
Another monthlong event, the exhibition takes place at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. A number of Christmas trees and their decorations are on view in the museum. A different state sponsors the event each year with ornaments themed to that state. Call 202-633-1000.Lighting of the National Menorah
One of the world's largest menorahs is lit by Rabbi Levi Shemtov to mark the eight-day Jewish festival of Chanukah, followed by complimentary holiday treats of latkes (potato pancakes) and doughnuts, along with festive music and children's activities. Exact dates can vary from year to year; this event can be held in late November some years. The lighting takes place on the Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. The midwinter event is free, but advance tickets are required. Call 202-332-5600.