Tis the season to light things up and celebrate! If seeing light displays had your little one fascinated last year, take it a step further this year with this list of local tree lightings, menorah lightings, and even a monument lighting.

National Christmas Tree Lighting

Take part in this holiday tradition on the Ellipse. James Taylor will perform this year alongside Kelly Clarkson, Yolanda Adams and Chance the Rapper. Take some time to walk around the different displays after the event.

When: Dec. 1, 4:30 pm (lit through Jan. 1)
Cost: Free
The White House Ellipse
E St., NW at 15th St., NW
Online: thenationaltree.org

  • National Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Capitol Christmas Tree
  • National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony
  • Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Living Farm Heritage Museum
  • Annapolis Grand Illumination: City Tree Lighting
  • Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting
  • Baltimore Monument Lighting

What lighting are you excited for this season? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Tricia Mirchandani