Christmas trees up to 80 feet tall. A twinkling maze of light decorations. An ice-skating trail. (Yes, a trail.) And, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus on a glittery, decked-out sleigh.
Come November 22, the Kentucky bluegrass that covers Nationals Park (indeed, it’s real grass and not artificial turf) will transform into Enchant Christmas, the over-the-top immersive holiday experience that’s made appearances in Seattle, Vancouver, and Dallas.
Visitors can make your way through the outfield-turned-light maze searching for Santa’s missing reindeers, shop for unique holiday gifts and foods from local vendors at the Christmas Market, listen to local musicians carol their way through the park, or grab some Christmas-themed food and drinks in the park’s concourse area.
You’re probably thinking “why in the world is DCist writing about Christmas in June?” But D.C.’s got a history with Christmas in the summer months. Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown rung in the first summer-time Christmas celebration in 1942. Since then, Christmas in July celebrations have continued in the city. So, given that history, it’s only fitting that we bring you this Christmas-themed story in the middle of June.
Early-bird ticket bundles for Enchant Christmas are available from now until June 23, which include a discount and some holiday-themed goodies. Otherwise, regular tickets for the event will be available September 17.