Hit pause on the e-mail scrolling and online shopping this holiday season – that’s right, we’re asking you to disconnect, unplug, and get outside. Spend your winter weekends together with family and friends at these area holiday hot spots, (oh, and don’t’ worry, there’s a ‘grammable photo op to go with each of them if you can’t resist sharing the fun).

If you’re searching for a family-friendly outing, look no further than outdoor ice skating at Rockville Town Square. Lace up your skates and take a few spins (or spills – we won’t tell) around the rink for the best Boomerang video. Stick around for hot cocoa, live music, and an appearance by Santa himself at the holiday tree lighting on November 16 to kick off your season of fun and merriment.

RTS Rink

Getting in gift shopping at Bethesda Row? Don’t miss the Pop-Up Holiday URBNMarket November 17-18 for unique presents, crafts and creations from local artisans and makers. While you’re on Bethesda Lane this holiday season, capture the quintessential ‘tis-the-season snap in front of the Insta Ivy Wall, or pose for a card-worthy family photo by Bethesda’s classic holiday tree.


Baby, it’s cold outside – but even if it’s not cold enough for snow, Pike & Rose will guarantee it every Friday and Saturday night, 6-8pm on the hour, starting Black Friday, November 23, through December 22 in Rose Park. For 15 minutes, flurries will tickle your nose and delight your senses, making for the picture-perfect pre- or post-dinner winter evening, no matter what the temperature reads. Snow-what-fun, it is!

Photos with Santa, discount designer shopping, and a one-stop shop for all your wrapping needs? Get it all done during Congressional Plaza’s Winter Open House Weekend December 1-2, complete with holiday carolers, shopping deals, and snaps of your kids with the Big Guy in Red. Don’t miss the central light installations for a Kirakira-worthy holiday snap.

Your favorite Wildwood small shops and restaurants host Holiday Open House on December 8, where you can sample snacks and sips and check everyone off your list. Be sure to snap a photo in front of the #OhWhatFun Ivy Wall next to Chop’t to show your friends exactly how you holiday in your neighborhood.

Up and down the Pike, in and out of shops, over the river and back. Wherever your holidays take you, take this time of year to come together in the places you love with the people who mean the most – after all, that’s what the season is all about.