Today’s guest post is from Raen @ Love, Life, Logistics, with some great suggestions of winter activities across the state!

With the cold weather starting to consistently hit the DC area, I began brainstorming about the different activities our family can do to prevent cabin fever. The good thing about living in a metropolitan area is there are plenty of things to do, even in the winter. Below is a compilation, sort of a wish list, that we’ll be picking and choosing from as the holidays and winter approaches.


National Christmas Tree & Santa. The National Christmas Tree was recently lit. In the small park where the tree stands, there are smaller trees around it, representing different states and territories. There’s a yule log, Santa’s workshop, and Santa.

ZooLights @ the National Zoo. The National Zoo lights up at night for a magical experience for visitors.

Children’s Playseum. The reviews on this place are a little hit or miss, but with the cold pushing us towards indoor activities and some free events coming up soon, why not, right?

In Virginia

Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights. This outdoor light display has over 500,000 LED lights and display. The pictures on the website looks amazing, it can be a great place for a date night or a night out with the kids.

Santa @ the Merrifield Garden Center. I’ve heard nothing but AMAZING things about this Santa. It was personally recommended by a family friend a couple years ago and we have yet to visit him. Other blogs out there also talk about how awesome this Santa experience is.

Bull Run Festival of Lights. A little similar to the walk of lights, except I think you can stay in your car (and out of the cold) with this festival and enjoy the lights. AND I hear there are other attractions besides the drive-through light show (like a Carnival and a Holiday Village).

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Chibis Indoor Playground. An indoor playground to stay out of the cold. They even sell socks if you forget them. 🙂

PB & Jack. Supervised play while I relax? Yes, please. 🙂

Christmas at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon. George Washington’s final home. In Christmas decor. I have been to Mount Vernon before, but I hear it’s extra magical during Christmastime.

Play & Learn Free Play Days. This place is actually a playground store, BUT they have free play days for kids. You have to reserve a week in advance, because of the popularity of their free play days.

What are your favorite Virginia winter activities?