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Celebrate the Holidays at the Washington D.C. Region’s Premier Waterfront Resort
From larger-than-life ice sculptures, Santa, performers, stunning holiday décor and displays, National Harbor has become one of the nation’s top holiday destinations
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Nov. 3, 2022— National Harbor has quickly become one of the nation’s top holiday waterfront destinations. From family activities to a romantic getaway for couples—National Harbor has it all.
Each year, National Harbor welcomes Gaylord National Resort’s amazing ICE! This year, the fun begins on November 20 through December 31, 2022. The world-famous interactive ICE! attraction returns this year (after a Covid hiatus) with A Christmas Story in larger-than-life sculptures and slides made completely of ice. The hand-carving of 10 million pounds of ice is done over six weeks by 40 artisans from Harbin, China—made famous for its International Snow and Ice Festival. The artisans follow a 300-page book that covers the designs and specifications for the 19,000 sq. ft. attraction.
ICE! is part of Gaylord National’s SO.MUCH.CHRISTMAS celebration that includes a variety of family-friendly holiday events such as photos with Santa, ice bumper cars and more. For additional information, visit www.christmasatgaylordnational.marriott.com/ice.
MGM National Harbor celebrates the holiday season at National Harbor with spectacular decorations throughout, including the property’s popular Conservatory where the holidays come alive with a breathtaking display. Cirque Dreams Holidaze will be at the Theater at MGM National Harbor from Dec. 15-18.
The holiday celebration continues throughout the destination with the lighting of the Waterfront District’s new 60-foot RGB tree. The nightly light show starts at sunset as guests will enjoy as thousands of lights dance alongside a holiday medley performed by the United States Air Force Band, the season kicks off November 12. Saturday night fireworks run November 12 till December 17 at 5:30pm. Activities continue throughout the holidays with the opportunity to meet Santa at The Capital Wheel, variety of seasonal classes, holiday market, brunch with Santa and free hot cocoa at participating stores.
National Harbor is the perfect location to host a holiday party, with options from Topgolf and Sunset Room to the Westin and AC Hotel, National Harbor is the place to celebrate the season with co-workers, family and friends. Enjoy a wide array of holiday activities and events in close proximity to the Capital Region including Christmas at Mount Vernon (George Washington’s Alexandria home), Winter’s Eve Festival at Piscataway Park and holiday events in Washington, D.C.—all just a short drive from National Harbor.
The property is also the perfect location for holiday shopping with more than 140 shops including Tanger Outlets’ 85 designer brands such as Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Movado, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Coach and H&M.
There’s additional shopping in the Waterfront District where there are walkable streets with unique shops and boutiques such as Mahogany Books, ZAAF, BrookieGirl, Miguel Wilson, It’Sugar, Sticky Situations and more. These join nationally recognized brands including Build-A-Bear, Carhartt and others. MGM National brings additional boutique shopping opportunities including Shyft: Sneakers + Apparel, SJP by Sarah Parker and others.
For more information about all of National Harbor’s holiday fun, visit www.nationalharbor.com/hohoho/. For more information on National Harbor, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.
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About National Harbor
Situated on the banks of the historic Potomac River and just minutes from the nation’s capital, National Harbor is a waterfront resort destination unlike any other. National Harbor is home to two of Maryland’s Four Diamond rated hotels—Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the East Coast’s largest non-gaming hotel and convention center and has almost 2,000 hotel rooms and 660,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and MGM National Harbor, an integrated luxury casino resort with renowned chef-driven restaurants, a 3,000-seat state-of-the art theater and one of the largest gaming floors outside of Las Vegas. The vibrant Waterfront District features boutique shops, restaurants and entertainment options along picturesque promenades. The iconic Capital Wheel, a 180-ft observation wheel, Tanger Outlets’ 85 designer brands, and a robust calendar of events round out this destination that welcomes more than 12 million visitors a year. For more information, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.