VIDEO: Christmas in DC – Holiday Botanic Gardens Railway, ICE! at the Gaylord, Capitol Wheel & Zoo Lights

Hello! I can’t believe its already Christmas Eve! As you know if you follow along on Instagram or Facebook – the boys and I spent part of the past week in Washington, DC with my MIL visiting my SIL and BIL {mother, sister + brother-in-law} Brooks had off all week in school so we were looking for some fun things to do and it worked out that we could head South for a few days in DC. I am originally from Northern Virginia, about 15-20 minutes outside of DC so I am very familiar with the area, but haven’t been back much since having kids – so this was the perfect opportunity to head to the Nation’s Capitol and see the sights with the boys.

I made this video recap of our trip, you should check it out and let me know what you think!

Spoiler Alert: Graham went SCREAMING down the slide at ICE! at the Gaylord National and I caught it all on video – ha! Worth checking out my #momfail for that if nothing else!

So we got down to DC on Wednesday around lunch, since the boys had just spent 2.5-3 hours in the car, they were ready to go with no naps in sight. So we made our way to the National Mall to let them run around. Such beautiful weather for December, we loved being outside and walking all around.

From there we made our way to the U.S. Botanic Gardens to check out the holiday display and the new train exhibit. It was beautiful and not crowded at all – a great start to the trip and if you are in the area, be sure to swing by it! I definitely recommend it!

You would probably enjoy yourself even more without kids – ha! But they really liked seeing the trains, so I’m glad we stopped by!

After walking around the downtown area a bit more we made our way back to the Logan Circle area where we stayed. We hit up Radiator DC, inside the Mason + Rook hotel and it was great. Outside fire pits, heat lamps and games for the kids – not to mention happy hour for the adults. Win.

The next morning we woke up and headed over to see the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord National. I thought the boys would LOVE this, including a 2 story tall ice slide they got to ride. I think the 9 degree temperature got to them and it was too cold. Maybe that’s why kids 4 and under are free – since they can’t really hang in that temperature. Either way, glad we got to see it, would really recommend for older kids and watch the video for Graham having A Christmas Story moment with his “No Mommy Noooo” as he gets stuck on the slide!

The National Harbor area is beautiful and it was a gorgeous day to walk around and enjoy it. We made our way over to the Capitol Wheel and of course the boys wanted to ride it. I’m pretty afraid of heights, but I put my big girl pants on and got on the ride. It was 15 minutes of major anxiety for me. But the boys seemed to really like it and the views were spectacular since it was such a clear day.

If you are into that sort of things, its definitely something to check out if you are in the area.

Me, I was pretty much holding onto my boys for dear life.

After a busy morning the boys both fell asleep in the car as we made our way back to Logan Circle. After a duo of car naps, we then hit up a local ramen place which was fantastic.

The boys and I were big fans !


Then we made our way over to the Zoo  – because what trip to DC is complete during the holidays without hitting up Zoo Lights?! Again, this was so much fun with the kids – they rode snow-less tubes down the hill and had a blast. Check out the video to see the Brooks CAM of his ride!

Have you been to DC during the holidays?

What’s your favorite thing to see or do? I’d love to hear it! 

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  • Reply Patty December 26, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Loved your recap and video of your trip to DC. Maybe an annual trip each year with the kids and mimi?

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