Season of Light

Family Guide

Coming on the heels of November’s Diwali celebrations, we at Ross are continuing to recognize the Season of Light as we move into December. During this time of year, many holidays are celebrated with light as an integral part of festivities and worship, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, the Winter Solstice, and New Year’s Eve. 

We have curated this guide to support your family in celebrating within your own tradition(s) and in learning more about the traditions of the greater Ross community.

Enjoy the season!

DC Light Displays and Events

(unless otherwise noted, all offer free admission)

The National Menorah—The official lighting occurs at 4:00 on December 2 on the White House Ellipse, but you can also visit the menorah for the duration of Hanukkah.

The National Christmas Tree—The display is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. while the National Christmas Tree is lit each day from 4:30-10 p.m.

Zoo Lights—The National Zoo is aglow each night with 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Zoo Lights runs November 23 – January 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25 & 31).

Georgetown Glow—December 1-January 6, 5:00-10:00 p.m. 16 artists have created 10 exciting light displays throughout Georgetown.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight—December 1, 7, 8, and 16. $25 adult (12 and up); $17 youth (ages 6-11); Kids 5 and under are free.

Russian Winter Festival at Hillside Museum, Estate, and Gardens—December 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crafts, a family-friendly play, and musical performances celebrate Russian winter traditions. Admission ranges from free for children under six to $18 for adults.