When it comes time for the family to visit this holiday season, your house is bound to be full—a little too full. Get your guests out of the house and into the holiday spirit with these fun family-friendly activities in Montgomery County, Maryland. From spectacular railway displays to live ice sculpting, these attractions close to Washington, DC are sure to be a holiday hit for everyone, even Scrooge.
Meet Santa Aboard a Historic Trolley
Don’t miss the chance to meet Santa Claus in his favorite streetcar before he returns to the North Pole! The National Capital Trolley Museum hosts St. Nick during their Holly TrollyFest, where visitors can view a display of toy trains as they celebrate the season. Also for the holidays, see the special Winter in Washington exhibit, which exhibits the seasonal history of streetcars in our nation’s capital.
Visit the Garden Railway Exhibit
Volunteers transform Brookside Gardens’ Conservatory into an intricate system of trains and trolleys that wind through the beautiful flora landscape. Explore past and present Montgomery County landmarks nestled among the tracks, including miniature versions of Brookside Gardens, Kensington Railroad Station, the Cabin John Hotel, and the Dentzel Carousel.
Catch a Musical Performance
Olney Theatre Center is ready to entertain this holiday season with two musical hits. Elf: The Musical is a fun stage adaptation of the popular movie about spreading the joy of Christmas from the North Pole to New York City. Meanwhile, the timeless classic A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is a one-man production showcasing Ebenezer Scrooge’s life in Victorian England.
Shop One-of-a-Kind Holiday Gifts
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, we’re hosting the inaugural Montgomery Market Holiday Pop-Up during the Clarksburg Premium Outlet’s annual tree lighting celebration. Great gifts can also be found at the Outlet’s retail shops throughout the season. Additionally, browse Glen Echo Park’s Holiday Art Show & Sale to pick up presents for everyone on your list. With glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, ornaments, and more, this holiday market boasts some of the most spectacular specialty shopping in the region.
Watch Live Ice Sculpting
Visit Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland on December 1 for a live ice sculpting presentation. Using chainsaws and ice picks, watch as a professional sculptor transforms blocks of ice into works of art. After, enjoy a student choral concert featuring a selection of holiday tunes while saying hello to Santa Claus.