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Washington, D.C.

This holiday season, join in the capital's festive spirit. Check out The Washington Ballet's uniquely D.C. rendition of the “Nutcracker,” set in Georgetown and featuring George Washington as the prince. Lace up your skates in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, and glide on the ice while surrounded by artwork.

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Many of D.C.'s national treasures are free. The National Christmas Tree and the National Menorah host lighting ceremonies and stay aglow throughout the holiday season. From Nov. 24- Jan. 1, walk through Smithsonian's National Zoo in the evening and experience ZooLights.

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D.C.'s celebrated dining scene will excite any foodie. This year, Michelin recognized French-American Métier and Mediterranean-themed Komi, while the Bib Gourmand list (focusing on the best affordable places) added Hazel, Sfoglina and Ivy City Smokehouse. For a cocktail with the best city views, check out POV at the W Hotel.

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D.C.'s museums and structures turn into an educational playground when you bring the kiddies to the capital. Children can make and test paper airplanes at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum or anchor their own news segment at the Newseum. More hands-on exhibits can be found in the D.C. Cool Kids Activity Guide.

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‘Tis the season to go shopping. Bundle up and head to the Downtown Holiday Market (Nov. 24-Dec. 23) to browse wares like crafts, clothing and jewelry. At Eastern Market, in historic Capitol Hill, merchants, musicians and farmers offer their skills. CityCenter DC has any bling you might need.

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