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Festive Holiday Displays in Arlington

The boulevards and public spaces in Arlington get all dressed up for the holidays, making winter in Arlington a jolly one. Marvel in front of gigantic trees, stroll through festive neighborhoods, experience magical holiday surprises, and ice skate outdoors to catch the holiday spirit. Brighten your spirits with a visit to these outdoor holiday displays – they’re sure to spark holiday cheer.

Reagan National Airport (DCA) & Crystal City

Passengers have always loved the airport’s glittering, towering Christmas tree, which brightens up the Departures Hall in season. Virtually view the towering tree and see how they built it here.

Reagan National Airport's Christmas Tree
Reagan National Airport's Christmas Tree via @donaldrbramer

Rosslyn Central Place Plaza

Throughout December, you can enjoy the Rosslyn neighborhood’s dazzling Christmas tree the corner of Wilson Boulevard and North Lynn Street, just steps from the Rosslyn Metro Station. Rosslyn has also set up seven touchless “Wanderland” stations around the neighborhood, each with a magical holiday experience. To access the seasonal surprises, simply scan the QR code at each holiday station for a seasonal surprise.

Rosslyn Christmas Tree at Central Place Plaza
Holiday Cheer in Rosslyn


In the heart of the Ballston neighborhood, the Ballston Quarter shopping and entertainment district is done up in reds, greens, and golds. While you’re there to admire the tree, stop in for some Christmas shopping or a hot cocoa doughnut from District Doughnut. Brighten your day with a stop at Quarter Market for FREE seasonal giveaways (dates and times announced on Ballston Quarter’s social media).

Ballston Quarter Christmas Tree
Ballston Quarter via @paulyv93

The Village at Shirlington

On the other side of town, The Village at Shirlington always puts on its seasonal best with hanging light ornaments, holiday lights and a Christmas tree. Browse the boutiques for some unique holiday gifts, and pop into one of the sidewalk cafes to warm up with a to-go drink.

The Village at Shirlington Christmas Tree
The Village at Shirlington via @Rbaumga7

Pentagon City

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City goes all out for the festive season with a Christmas tree, glitzy decorations and a socially distant Santa Photo Experience. Stop into major retailers to do some holiday shopping and pick up a few goodies for yourself.

Across the way, Pentagon Row brings the Christmas spirit outdoors with a has an ice skating rink adorned with giant glowing stars, a menorah and a Christmas tree. Grab some hot cocoa and hit the ice.

Pentagon Row holiday decorations
Pentagon Row via @_danielccardoso_


Market Common Clarendon shines this winter with glowing orbs of holiday cheer. Warm up with hot cocoa at Nicecream and browse for holiday gifts at the shopping center’s many stores.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Prepare to be dazzled by Meadowlark Botanical Garden’s magical Winter Walk of Lights. The beautiful light display is open nightly starting November 11.

Author: Talia Salem