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From grand Inaugural balls to live music festivals on the Mall to military commemorations, the Willard InterContinental Washington offers a front row seat to an enjoyable Washington DC events calendar. Welcome the arrival of spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival – a colorful showcase of the 3,000 vibrant Japanese cherry trees ringing the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin. Honor those who serve and remember those who have fallen at the National Memorial Day Parade. Test your mettle in the Marine Corps Marathon, a 26.2-mile course winding through the National Mall. Or stroll one of the eclectic neighborhoods during the Adams Morgan Day Festival. Ask our friendly concierge for more information about popular downtown Washington DC events taking place during your visit.

For reservations, please call: 202-637-7305


Holiday Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley
Month of December

Join The Willard for Holiday Afternoon Tea, one of the hotel’s most cherished holiday traditions. Seated in the grandeur of Peacock Alley, among the elegant sounds of the live harp, guests can enjoy a tantalizing array of organic teas, festive tea sandwiches and decadent pastries. 

Holiday Afternoon Tea is offered daily from 1pm to 4pm throughout December, excluding December 24, 25 and 31. 

Price is $52 per adult, $22 for children (ages 3-12). Reservations are required and can be made by calling (202) 628-9100. 


Holiday Lobbying in the Hotel Lobby
December 1 - 23

Celebrate the sounds of the holiday season at the Willard InterContinental with complimentary nightly chorale performances in the hotel lobby. Now in its 15th year, The Willard's holiday caroling lineup has evolved into one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington, with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the DC metropolitan area. Performances take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., December 1st through December 23rd.

2016 Caroling Schedule

The Nutcracker Tea Party 
December 11 at 3 p.m.

A quintessential Washington, D.C. tradition, The Nutcracker Tea Party is the perfect way to kick off your family’s holiday festivities! The experience includes an elegant tea with white glove service at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel, hands-on activities for youth and the rare opportunity to pose for photographs with members of The Nutcracker cast. A benefit for The Washington Ballet education and community engagement programs, this family-friendly event is a delight for ballet lovers of all ages!

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For more information on The Nutcracker Tea Party, please contact Elissa Staley, Special Events Manager at the Washington Ballet.

Christmas Day Brunch
December 25

Celebrate Christmas with an elegant brunch in the Willard and Crystal Ballrooms. Enjoy a festive menu that includes a delectable assortment of dishes from a variety of action stations such as omelets, fresh seafood, hand carved meats, as well as a decadent dessert station sure to please ones sweet tooth.

Four seatings are offered at 10:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, and 2pm. 

Cost is $110 per adult, $55 for children (under 12), under five is complimentary. Reservations are required. Please call (202) 628-9100.

Complimentary validated parking is available to guests of Christmas Day Brunch.

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