Don't get cabin fever this Christmas. While lots of stores and restaurants are closed on Christmas day, there are plenty of festive activities to do with your family on the holiday. Here's a look at some places to go and things to do in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland.
All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam
Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Christmas performance: 6 p.m.
This jazz jam has been a tradition at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage for the past 14 years. Join host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King and vocalist Delores Williams for a free holiday concert. No tickets required.
Ice Skating at Washington Harbour
The Washington Harbour, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Christmas hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The new Washington Harbour ice rink is D.C.'s largest outdoor skating venue—it's even bigger than the ice rink at Rockefeller Center! Better yet, it's open on holidays. Grab the family and rent some skates for a fun holiday activity.
Season's Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden
U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
Christmas hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Go to the always-free U.S. Botanic Gardens' conservatory to see their holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings. You'll find seasonal plant displays, a Garden Railway model train exhibit and replicas of the D.C.'s landmark buildings. Don't leave before you head to the West Gallery, where you can see one of the largest indoor decorated trees in the city.
ICE featuring DreamWorks' Shrek the Halls
Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD
Christmas hours: 1 to 8 p.m.
Gaylord National's annual holiday attraction returns with the theme "Shrek the Halls." See two-million pounds of ice artfully carved into amazing Dreamworks-themed sculptures modeled after your favorite characters, including Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Gingy and Puss in Boots.
It's a Wonderful Life Showings
AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, MD
Showings at 1:30, 4:10, 6:45 and 9:20 p.m.
Catch the classic holiday flick, "It's a Wonderful Life," and learn the true meaning of Christmas. AFI Silver just announced that they'll be showing the beloved Jimmy Stewart film throughout the day. Most other movie theaters are open on Christmas day as well.
Symphony of Lights
Symphony Woods (near Merriweather Post Pavilion), Columbia, MD
Christmas hours: 6 to 10 p.m.
Spend a half hour driving through the Symphony of Lights, an outdoor lights festival that benefits Howard County General Hospital Foundation. The 1.5-mile drive includes 70 huge displays that will make your night merry.
Winter Festival of Lights
Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, MD
Christmas hours: 5 to 9:30 p.m.
This 26-year-old lights festival is free on Christmas day! You'll drive through the park to ooh and ahh over more than one million twinkling lights. This year's festival has several new displays, including Santa flying a helicopter and driving a fire truck. If you go, bring along canned goods to donate to local food banks.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens, Alexandria, VA
Christmas hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Go old school on Christmas with a visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. You'll find themed Christmas trees throughout the estate, special guest visitors (including Aladdin the Camel) and lots of holiday treats. Tickets should be purchased online ahead of time.
J Fest & Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia will host a free festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food, crafts, music, games, activities, face painting and more. At 3 p.m., join the center for a screening and sing-along to Fiddler on the Roof. Sing-along recommended for kids 8+.