At the top of my list of things to see was The National Christmas Tree, which is located near the White House. This year's tree was decorated in gold and silvery white LED lights to commemorate the National Park Service's Centennial.
If there was a good time to have brought my real camera, this would have been it, but I forgot. Stuck with my cell phone camera this time!
|The White House and the National Christmas Tree|
|Smaller state's trees and the White House|
Located on the Ellipse is the National Menorah. It happened to be Chanukah while I was in town, so I was able to see the menorah for the first time.
|Washington Monument and the National Menorah|
|National Christmas Tree, Washington Monument and the National Menorah|
The Willard Hotel is also known for getting into the holiday spirit. They have nightly "holiday lobbying" (get it?) events, featuring local choral groups.
They also have a huge Christmas tree in the lobby that is decorated with the entire collection of White House Christmas ornaments. So gorgeous.
The Willard also had a gingerbread recreation of the Lincoln Memorial. President Lincoln is just one of many presidents who have stayed at The Willard.
My work is near the Embassy of Australia and this is one of my favorite displays to see. Surfing Santa and his kangaroo reindeer. Other embassies are similarly festooned for the holidays.
|Taken December 2010|
|Entrance to the US Botanic Garden - taken December 2011|
Union Station - decorated with giant holiday wreaths and featuring a model train and tree from the Norwegian Embassy
US Capitol Christmas Tree
|Taken December 2011|