Tag Archives: 2014 Holidays in DC

What’s Going on at Santa’s Workshop?


Several people have contacted me over the past week about Santa’s Workshop, the charming little cabin that’s part of the holiday attractions on the Ellipse, where (historically) every year at Christmastime, you can see Santa’s operations in action and take a photo with him. A visit to the workshop is a seasonal favorite for many, including our family — we always make a point to go every year.

However, it seems that this year Santa is…busy. Word has it that he’s not spending time at his workshop. And, apparently, the elves haven’t been able to keep the place running much either.

I’ve put some calls in to the North Pole, but haven’t heard back. Luckily, after some discussion on the KFDC Facebook page about what’s going on there, one of you got the scoop:

“So we went today and it was closed. A park ranger came and told us that funding was gone this year so no Santa at all, and volunteers were responsible for opening up the workshop, and they weren’t showing up often.”

Hopefully, Santa’s Workshop will be open this final weekend before Christmas — the website says hours will be 12:30-9:30pm both days — but I just wanted to give a heads-up that there’s a chance it might not be, so you can manage expectations of children excited to see Santa in his element.

An outing to the Ellipse wouldn’t be a waste of time — there’s still the National Christmas Tree and National Menorah to see, plus a great model train and other holiday displays. And it’s close to other attractions on the National Mall and downtown, so you can tack on some other fun. If you go, post a comment here and let the rest of us know about your experience.


Filed under Annual, Christmas, DC, Holidays, Weekend, Winter

Giveaway: Experience “Family Joy!” this Holiday Season


Celebrate the season with a special family tradition in the magnificent Washington National Cathedral! On Saturday, December 13, the Cathedral Choral Society presents “Family Joy!”, a 60-minute program that includes Christmas favorites and festive audience sing-alongs to tunes like “Joy to the World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The group will be in good musical company, joined by Washington Symphonic Brass and the C.D. Hylton High School Troubadours.

The performance begins at 12pm and will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $25/adults, $15/youth, or $70/family 4-pack. To purchase tickets, visit the Cathedral Choral Society website, or you can try to win them by entering the giveaway below. And to stay in the loop on this concert and others, like the Facebook page or follow @CathedralChoral on Twitter.

Giveaway: Want a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Cathedral Choral Society’s “Family Joy!” concert? Simply leave a comment answering “What’s your favorite Christmas carol?” To be eligible for the giveaway, you must like Cathedral Choral Society on Facebook as well as the KidFriendly DC page. The giveaway will run through Friday, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Cathedral Choral Society, however, I only promote events, activities, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


Filed under All ages, Annual, Christmas, DC, Giveaway, Holidays, Live Entertainment, Music, Weekend