|One of about 300 White House ornaments|
The Willard Intercontinental has been observing the season in grand fashion since 1986 and has become a part of the holidays for thousands of DC-area families and visitors from all parts of the world.
|The famous Willard tree|
|Good enough to eat|
Now you can experience the Willard's take on Christmas for free, but if you want something a little more memorable, you can pretend to be part of the cultured, formal wealthy set (unless you really are and then you don't have to pretend) and indulge yourself with a British-style high tea. The Holiday Afternoon Tea will be offered daily with the exception of New Year's Eve. Guests will experience elegant harp music throughout their tea experience. The price for Holiday Afternoon Tea is $42 for adults and $22 for children (ages 4 though 12). And for $56, you can add even more spirit to the adventure. That is the price for the Champagne tea.
Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
The Willard Hotel is only one suggestion for extending your Christmas in DC for free. Here are a few others.
- Season's Greetings at the Botanical Garden features Holiday Magic, a unique exhibit including model trains, woodland fairy folk, and incredible replicas of some of Washington, DC's most famous buildings and monuments
- From 5 until 9 p.m.,the National Zoo presents a seasonal display of thousands of sparkling animated lights, winter-themed crafts, ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers.
- The Washington, DC Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints, also known as the Mormon Temple, is open to all during the Christmas season. This impressive church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 450,000 sparkling Christmas lights. Each night, a different local musical group performs a live concert in a state-of-the-art theater.
- Christmas at Mt. Vernon and Mt. Vernon by candelight