Walk through a winter wonderland at this zoo, where animal-shaped lights warmly welcome visitors. View the displays on the National Zoo Choo-Choo train or enjoy snow tubing along one of the three tracks. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-633-4888
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For a quick nature fix, bring the family to this outdoor locale to stroll through over 500,000 lights and displays. Swing by the sleigh or giant bobsled in the visitor center to snap your holiday photos. 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, 703-255-3631
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Drive through two and a half miles of lights at this beloved holiday showing, located just outside of DC. Afterwards, partake in festive carnival rides or a merry picture with Santa. 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, 703-631-0550
No winter in DC is complete without viewing the National Christmas Tree in front of The White House. To commemorate the centennial of the National Park Service, this year’s colors incorporate gold and silvery white into the stunning LED display.