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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on December 20, 2009 at 6:59 am

Must See Christmas Trees in DC

The holiday season is in full swing and Washington, DC is decorated to the max.  And there’s plenty of beautifully decorated (and some not so beautiful) Christmas Trees to see.

National_Christmas_tree_Washington_DCHere’s a few of my favorite Christmas trees in Washington, DC to visit over the holidays with no admission charges.

The National Christmas Tree across from The White House – while not exactly pretty, or beautifully decorated, it is the official National tree of the nation.  It’s been described as a tree with an ugly hair net over it, and…it does somewhat earn that reputation.

The Capitol Christmas Tree on the west lawn of the Capitol Building with its 6,000 hand-made ornaments is a worthwhile destination.     

At Union Station, the Christmas tree in the main lobby is worth seeing, but the main attraction is the Norwegian winter model railroad display, complete with sailboats, a fishing village, and even a ski jump. 

The Christmas tree at the US Botanic Garden across from the US Botanic Gardens Christmas Tree 2007Capitol Building is also worth seeing.  The exhibit includes Holiday Magic, a huge model railroad display that traveler both inside and outdoors as well as a collection of miniature monuments of DC, all created using just plants and natural materials. Expect lines to see the indoor display on weekends.

Another beautiful Christmas tree is located in the lobby of the Willard Hotel, just a short walk from the National Christmas Tree.  Enjoy festive Holiday Tea service in the Willard’s famous Peacock Alley to warm yourself up after being out in the cold.  

The amazing tree with its 2 millions decorative lights at the Gaylord National Resort (map it) at National Harbor is yet another tree worth seeing.Visit at 6:00 to see the tree as it’s illuminated nightly. 

So what’s your favorite Christmas Tree in Washington, DC?  Leave a comment and tell us yours.

Images – from personal collection   ©2009, Jon Rochetti

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