Things to do in January in DC
January might be the coldest month of the year, but things are still buzzing in the city of Washington DC. Whether you want to explore the outdoors, learn about the city or spend your time at a festival, there’s plenty to see and do this month.
If you’re not quite ready to let the Christmas spirit go this year, then you’ll be happy to know that there are still Christmas light displays in the city. These usually last until mid-January, so there’s still a chance to enjoy the festivities. The National Zoo keeps their lights through this month and visitors can take in the views and bring their kids to this fun area.
Visit the Theatre
There are lots of musicals and stage shows to pick from in DC at all times of the year. January is a particularly good time to go to the theatre. Many of the theatre venues in the city are updating their listings for the start of the year and these offer varied genres. Matilda the Musical finishes up at the Kennedy Center in mid-January and this is a musical that is sure to delight children and adults alike.
Watch the Debut of the New Panda Cub
Four months ago, the National Zoo’s prized giant panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth to a new cub. This was a monumental time for the zoo as there are so few of these animals left in the world. The new cub will make his way to an exhibit for the first time in January and the public are excited already. Bei Bei was named by the First Lady of the United States and the First Lady of the People’s Republic of China. The cub’s name means ‘precious gift’. Since the birth of Bei Bei, the panda exhibit has been closed but experts at the zoo now say that the cub is old enough to see visitors.
Martin Luther King Day Events
The 18th of January marks Martin Luther King Day which always falls on the third Monday in January. This national holiday can be used to commemorate the history of the Civil Rights movement and it’s the perfect time to pay respects to the man. Those who want to visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial statue can do so in the evening with the DC After Dark Hop On Hop Off tour.
Alexandria Restaurant Week
In the last week of this month, food aficionados and restaurateurs come together to celebrate their love of food. More than 60 restaurants in this area will offer fine dining without the cost and fixed price tasting menus. This is the perfect opportunity for visitors and locals to try out offerings from these restaurants without splashing out. It’s essential to make reservations at the most popular Old Town restaurants, as these will fill up fast. If you miss out on dinner in one of these areas you can always stop in for a lunchtime special.