DC’s Favorite Winter Traditions


Planning to be in Washington this winter? Whether you’re in town with the family, meeting some friends, or heading over on a business trip, we’ve got plenty for you to do. Here are our top five recommended activities.

Sledding Down Capitol Hill

If you’re in town with the kids, you definitely won’t want to miss out on this annual winter activity, which was just recently permitted by Congress after a multi-year ban. Grab a sled and zoom down the snow-covered Capitol Hill, which just happens to be the perfect slope for sliding down.

Go Museum-Hopping

When the weather gets chilly, Washingtonians head indoors- that is, the doors of the Smithsonians. These totally free museums provide the perfect winter activity for kids and adults alike. Our favorite is the National Museum of American History, where visitors can get lost in exhibit after exhibit about the country’s past.

1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Hang out in the IceYards

Every year, DC turns the Capitol Riverfront area into a veritable winter wonderland (that is, with booze). You’ll have the chance to walk through an exhibition of ice sculptures, enjoy a (boozy, of course) snow cone), and try out drinking from a shotski. Put this on your calendar to check out during your DC visit.

355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 465-7080

Enjoy A Warming Indoor Meal

Wintertime is the ideal season to enjoy a rustic, multi-course meal indoors that’ll warm you up when you go outside to face the weather again. Our favorite spots to enjoy a cozy meal are Shaw’s Metier, where you can take in dishes like Japanese Kuroge beef with chive blossoms, and neighboring Kinship, which is known for luxurious a la carte specialties.

1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-7500

1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-7700

Sip A Glass of Red Wine

Located just downstairs in the St. Gregory Hotel’s lobby, Tredici Enoteca is the perfect place to relax with a glass of red wine. Come down here with a friend or a good book, browse through the impressive wine selection available, and let the stress roll off.

2033 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 888-2899