From November to January, National Harbor is the most festive place around.

If you're looking for something fun to do with the whole family, get in the car and head to National Harbor. You'll make countless new memories as you take in the sights and sounds of Christmas on the Potomac. Visit or stay overnight and experience holiday favorites like the incredible carvings at "ICE!," movies on the harbor, ice skating, and more.

ADDRESS: 201 Waterfront Street | National Harbor, MD
PARKING: Hourly pay lots
WEBSITE: Christmas on the Potomac

Christmas tree, National Harbor


  • WHEN: November 15 to December 30, 2019
  • ADMISSION: $33 per person (12 and older), $25 per child (ages 4-11), FREE for children ages 3 and under
  • "Feast with the Grinch" PRICING: $40 per person (12 and older), $27 per person (ages 4-11)

Everyone knows there's nothing like the enormous winter wonderland called "ICE!" at the Gaylord National. This year's theme is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and kids will love wandering through colorful Whoville. New for 2019, you can also Feast with the Grinch! Enjoy an extravagant breakfast buffet before heading into the 15,000-square-foot "cold room" to marvel at the display.

FREE Movies on the Harbor

Free movies are perfect for anyone who wants a family outing on a budget. From November 16 to January 4, there will be a holiday movie playing at 3:30 p.m. each Saturday on the giant Harbor outdoor screen. Bring blankets or camp chairs and enjoy this holiday tradition.

Here's the movie schedule:

11/16: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
11/23: Elf
11/30: The Grinch
12/07: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
12/14: The Polar Express
12/21: A Christmas Story
12/28: Love Actually
1/4: The Holiday

Ice Skating in Winter Square

You don't have to be a great skater to enjoy the ice rink. $16.99 per person gets you unlimited skating for the day of your ticket and a skate rental. Get out there and practice!

ice skating, rink

Tubing on Reindeer Rush

No snow in the DMV yet? No worries! You can go snow-tubing indoors! Experience the exhilarating two-story-high slide as you go down on your own bouncy innertube. For $20.99 per person, you can go down as much as you want on the day of your ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this attraction. And don't forget to bundle up—even if it's warm outside, it will be super-chilly on Reindeer Rush!


The Christmas Dreams Suite

To make the most of your visit to National Harbor, you'll want to add the Christmas Dreams Suite for $549 to any overnight stay. This includes valet parking, a welcome package (fuzzy Christmas socks, holiday bath products, and delicious baked treats), a one-hour photo session on the property, and so much more. Kids can join Mrs. Claus for storytime before bed, and everyone will enjoy the private "Silent Disco on Ice" at the skating rink. At the heart of it all is the namesake Christmas Dreams Suite with holiday music, ice carving demonstrations, and incredible holiday decorations.

Mrs. Claus, story telling

**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of the Gaylord National Resort on Facebook.

For more information, or to view a comprehensive list of every single holiday offering at National Harbor, head to the official Christmas on the Potomac website. There's plenty to do for everyone in the family!

Will you be heading for National Harbor to get in the festive spirit? What is your favorite part of Christmas on the Potomac? Let us know in the comments!