Vicki Bendure, APR
Bendure Communications, Inc.


Celebrate the Holidays at National Harbor
Tree lighting ceremony to be held on Sunday, November 13; Santa and performers on Saturdays beginning November 19 through December 18

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—National Harbor announced that their annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a light show and fireworks, performance by the Radio King Orchestra and Santa at the Capital Wheel.

It’s a packed day, with a Capital Wheel ticket giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., performance by a military band at noon, and then the showing of the movie “Prancer” at 2 p.m. From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a card-making activity for deployed troops. Street performers will be wandering throughout National Harbor from 2 to 8 p.m., as well as the roaming Victorian carolers from 4 to 5 p.m.  Santa will make an initial appearance at The Black Dog (retailer at National Harbor, 141 Waterfront St.) from 3 to 5 p.m. and then he’ll head over to the Capital Wheel, where kids can see him at 7:30 p.m.

Other holiday events at National Harbor begin on November 19 and run on Saturdays through December 18 and include street performers from noon to 2 p.m. as well as Santa at the National Carousel and then at the Capital Wheel from 2 to 4 p.m.  Additional performers will be on the main stage at the waterfront plaza (157 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md. 20745) from 1 to 2 p.m. and include Candy Cane Lane, Frosty Follies, a local choir and more.  Holiday movies run on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and include “The Santa Clause,” “Elf,” “Jack Frost” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” For additional information and a complete schedule, visit

National Harbor also welcomes ICE! at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, starting on November 19 through January 1, 2017 (excluding Dec. 5-7).  The world-famous interactive walk-through ICE! attraction will feature holiday traditions from around the world. For additional information or to book overnight packages that include unlimited priority entry to ICE! as well as other activities, visit

National Harbor is the perfect location to enjoy a wide array of holiday activities and events in close proximity to other attractions within the region, including Christmas at Mount Vernon (George Washington’s Alexandria home) and holiday events in Washington, D.C.—all just a short drive from National Harbor.

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About National Harbor

Rising from the banks of the Potomac River, just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, Md., National Harbor is a vibrant, unique community with a stellar location and a wide variety of attractions. Just a short distance from Old Town, Alexandria and downtown Washington, D.C., the 350-acre mixed-use development features seven hotels (including the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and the new MGM National Harbor); offices; residential, tree-lined streets with more than 150 shops and more than 30 restaurants; iconic attractions such as the Capital Wheel and National Harbor Carousel; and much more. With so many attractions, National Harbor has become a prime destination for locals, visitors, special events, corporate meetings and conferences. The community also provides an array of waterfront activities (including a water taxi, two 700-foot piers and 62 boat slips), special events and spectacular sunsets. For more information,