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Old 12-20-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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Hi:

Our friends from California are visiting us from Christmas through the New Year. They are in their mid-30s and have two daughters (second grader and fifth grader). Where can we take them around (local, preferably) for some Christmas fun?

One place we were definitely planning on going is Christmas at the National Harbor. Any other places?

Thanks,
K
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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The National tree on the mall
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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WIth all of the historic areas, who wants to see stupid National Harbor?

Mount Vernon is really, really nice.

The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is very inspiring.

We will take our grandkids down to the Christmas tree on the Ellipse during the holidays. We park near the Jefferson Memorial, take a cab over to the White House, then walk back, seeing the Christmas stuff , the WWII memorial, Vietnam etc. along the way.
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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Mount Vernon is really cool. We took that tour last year and our 5 yo just asked last night if we were going again. The National Christmas Tree is very fun coupled with dinner in DC. The Santa there is the best! Bull Run Light Festival is nice to drive through after a dinner out (get a coupon on-line). The National Zoo Lights are free this year. How about ice skating at Reston Town Center or one of the other outdoor skate rinks? Enjoy!
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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Thanks all for the ideas. I'll check them out.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:08 AM
 
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Have they been here before? If this is their first time here, I'd do the touristy things. Go to the Smithsonians, the capital building tour, and Mt. Vernon. Also, ice skating on the national mall always seems to go over well. There's something about doing something so ordinary like ice skating within view of the Capital Building that seems to intrigue visitors.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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Ice show at National Harbor - ICE! Experence | Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National

Drive 4 hours to NYC.

Sorry..realized the OP already mentioned National harbor..
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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I was going to suggest GWU Women's Basketball. Maybe try GMU, instead. May cost less than a movie.

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Old 12-23-2010, 05:29 AM
 
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Thank you all once again. We have narrowed down our choices to the following.

- ICE show at the National Harbor
- Mt Vernon tour
- Stroll in ol' town Alexandria
- National Tree on the Mall

Thanks,
K
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