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Holiday Displays in Our Nation's Capital

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A December 2007 trip to Washington, D.C. by kwasiak

United States Botanic Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: Holiday displays I have visited in D.C. during December 2007

Holiday Displays in Our Nation's Capital

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United States Botanic Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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During the holidays many places have special holiday decor that they put up. You really cannot help, but at least see some houses that are decorated with holiday lights. By going out of your normal routine you can also usually find at least some great holiday displays no matter what city you are in.Here are just a few of the holiday displays that are in Our Nation's Capital during the December 2007 holiday season that I have personally visited. The number highlight in my opinion is the United States Botanical Gardens display of miniature buildings made out of all natural resources.Quick Tips: Everywhere in D.C. there is Christmas decor and even a Menorah at the White House. Chec...Read More

United States Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "The National Botanic Garden's Holiday Display"

United States Botanic Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The National Botanic Garden's holiday display becomes obvious as you approach the building. Outside they have the Starlight Express train display. It is a beautiful wooden mountainous display with bridges connecting the mountains and train tracks running through and around the mountains and bridges. There are many different trains on the tracks to watch. This display is made from different plants including waste wood. This is a hit with the kids and I saw several parents having a hard time getting the kids to go inside to see the other part of the holiday display here.The inside part of the holiday display at the Botanic Gardens is the A Midnight Clear exhibit. This exhibit includes a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2007

United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC

Union Station Shops

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Attraction | "Norwegian Holiday at Union Station Shops"

Union Station Shops Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The holiday display at Union Station is called Norwegian Christmas. The main feature is the holiday train display. The display is pretty simplistic, but is interesting in the way the trolls are placed. The trolls are in fun places such as under a bridge and around a fire to keep warm. The train display also features the one landscape feature that most reminds me of my trip to Norway, which is the fjords. The train is fun for the kids and adults alike to see, but I have one issue with it. There is a plastic wall around the display, which is fine if it was just there for protecting it, but the way the light bounced off it created reflections and made it hard to really enjoy what was beyond it. Th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2007

Union Station Shops
50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

National Tree and State Trees Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Every year since 1923 the National Christmas Tree has been lit by the President of the United States and sits on the Ellipse to the South of the White House. The 2007 tree has the theme of “Holidays in the National Park” and will be lit up every night until January 1, 2008, and is open for walking around from 11am to 11pm daily until then.The National Tree is the centerpiece of a large display of over 50 little trees representing the 50 states and the U.S. territories such as Guam. Each of the little trees has ornaments made by specific organizations from that state or territory and in most cases are very representative of the state. These make visiting the National Tree much more interes...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2007

U.S. Capitol Building

Attraction | "Capitol Christmas Tree"

U.S. Capitol Building Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Starting in 1964 a Christmas tree has been annually lit on the lawn behind (side towards the National Mall) the Capitol Building. The first few years the trees came from nurseries or were cut down from Maryland. In 1970, the tradition of getting the tree from National Forests began and ever year since then the Capitol Christmas tree has been provided by a National Forest. The 2007 tree is a Balsam Fir from the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. It is 60 feet tall. The tree was lit on December 5 this year and will stay on display through the end of the year.There is not much to see if you go to see the Capitol Christmas Tree, although it does make a festive photo opportunity with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2007

U.S. Capitol Building
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
(202) 225-6827