Ready or not the holidays are upon us, and since so many of us are going to run anyway, why not run by some of the sights around town that look so pretty this time of the year? There are always obvious options like the White House trees or the Capitol Tree, but also less obvious ones like the Canadian Embassy and City Center.
What we do at Pacers Running is tap the experts, and in this case, the experts are our fun run leaders. Kayla Nicolay is the morning run leader at Navy Yard during the week and the morning long run leader from 14th Street on Saturday mornings and, bonus, she loves holiday lights. Here is Kayla’s very comprehensive and awesome list of lights to see all over town.
Around Navy Yard there is a lot to see and Kayla gives you not only highlights but also the addresses.
–The Yards is doing #decktheyards and has 8 mistletoe/pun inspired treasures. For example, in front of Unleashed is a giant dog house – with Feliz Naughty Dog. Extra points for being both holiday related and punny.
-The Capitol Hill Christmas Tree on 8th and Pennsylvania Ave.
– Caldwell Banker on Penn, between 6th and 7th. There are four windows of Christmas displays including Navy Yard/Hill/Eastern Market and all of the landmarks are amazing.
-The businesses on Penn (btwn 7th and 2nd SE) have a bunch of fun lights to see.
– Union Station has the Scandinavian Christmas Tree and a model train Christmas display.
– Jimmy T’s, located on 5th and East Capitol, has the leg lamp from A Christmas Story in the window.
– The Canadian Embassy, located on Pennsylvania Ave, has a real Christmas Tree and and you can actually walk right up to it.
Here are more sights to see on the 14th Street side of town.
– Zoo Lights, the lights are on from 5-9pm with free admission. For your planning purposes Zoo Lights are closed on December 24, 25 and 31.
– Omni Shoreham is on Calvert Street and has trees lining the hotel foyer and all are themed. Added bonus: it is warm inside the hotel.
– On 16th Street check out Mr. Holiday House located between Q/R on 16th. This house is INSANE and you can walk into the yard to take a closer look.
– Barbie Pond located on Q between 15th and 14th is 100% worth Googling if you have not seen it. Wow.
– Marriott Marquis on 9th and Mass Ave has a gorgeous tree and a giant gingerbread house.
– The shops at City Center hae a gorgeous holiday tree and giant reindeer.
– The Willard Hotel is Kayla’s favorite DC tree and is decorated with White House ornaments. Each year The Williard has a different themed gingerbread house and this year it’s modeled after the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
– The White House, an obvious option but so worth the trip!
– Old Ebbit Grill has giant nutcrackers outside.
– The light installation along the Georgetown Waterfront has the theme of GLOW this season. The decorations are along the waterfront by the outdoor skating rink. The walkway along the Potomac also has beautiful lights.
-And last, but not least, right by the Pacers 14th Street location check out the windows at Home Rule, they have the Islands of Misfits Display, totally worth checking out!
Thank you Kayla for what is quite possibly the most fantastic and inclusive list of holiday light displays all over DC. If you run by any of these spots post your picts and tag us so we can see all of the sights right along with you! If you are on the other side of the river join Pacers Alexandria tonight for their holiday light run. It starts at the store tonight at 7pm with cookies to follow. Happy Holidays and happy holiday light runs!