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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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The National Christmas Tree and the National Menorah host lighting ceremonies and stay aglow throughout the holiday season. From Nov. 23-Jan. 1, walk through Smithsonian's National Zoo in the evening and experience ZooLights. Check out the outdoor light art installations at Georgetown GLOW (Dec. 1-Jan. 6).

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Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list (focusing on the best affordable places) expanded from 22 to 39 this year, while two new restaurants added a Michelin star: chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Siren by RW and Ryan Ratino’s Bresca. Eat it all up, from the city’s hottest restaurants to family-friendly favorites.

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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 explore the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum or anchor their own news segment at the Newseum. There’s no shortage of hands-on exhibits and free things to do around the city.

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'Tis the season to go shopping. Bundle up and head to the Downtown Holiday Market (Nov. 23-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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