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.
Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Willard InterContinental with Holiday Feasts, Drinks, Décor, Afternoon Tea, Choral Concerts, and More
Washington, DC (November 20, 2015)—The festively-decorated Willard InterContinental has become a must-visit destination in the nation’s capital for the holidays. A delightful array of merry experiences and celebrations await, including holiday dining events by Executive Chef Serge Devesa, holiday libations at the historic Round Robin Bar, nightly choral concerts in the grand lobby (program below), Holiday Afternoon Tea, among other seasonal offerings and attractive holiday rates. Guests can also enjoy an up close view of the entire White House Historical Association’s cherished Christmas Ornament collection including the 2015 season’s ornament honoring President Calvin Coolidge and the first National Christmas Tree Lighting in 1923.
Reservations for holiday dining events and afternoon tea are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 202-637-7350. Complimentary valet parking is provided for all guests dining in our restaurants for lunch and dinner, and for Holiday Afternoon Tea. Beverages are included only where indicated, tax and gratuity are excluded. Overnight accommodations at the Willard can be made by calling 202-628-9100 or visiting www.washington.intercontinental.com.
Over Three Decades of White House Ornaments Adorn Willard Lobby Tree
Washington’s other “Residence of Presidents,” the Willard InterContinental, offers visitors to the nation’s capital an up close view of the entire White House Christmas ornaments collection displayed on the hotel’s lobby tree from December 1 through early January. A beloved holiday tradition started by the White House Historical Association in 1981, the ornaments chronologically honor a different president or special White House event each year. The delightful tree adornments have become a collectible must-have for millions of Americans and friends around the world. The 34th White House 2015 ornament honors President Calvin Coolidge and the first National Christmas Tree Lighting in 1923 through its miniature replicas of Coolidge’s general store, a baseball, cannon, Native American feather, distinguished flying cross, fishing pack, campaign button, and other symbolic details representing Coolidge’s life adorning a presidential Christmas tree.
Holiday Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley
The Willard’s Holiday Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley, accompanied by live harp, is a DC holiday tradition. Tantalizing savories and sweets served along with this festive tea include goat cheese on brioche, vanilla-cranberry scones and gingerbread by Pastry Sous Chef Jason Jimenez. Holiday tea is offered daily from 12:30pm to 4:30pm throughout December, excluding December 25, 26 and 31. Price is $52 per person or $68 with a glass of Möet & Chandon Champagne. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 202-637-7350. Complimentary valet parking is provided for Holiday Afternoon Tea guests. Beverages are included only where indicated, tax and gratuity are excluded.
Café du Parc
Known for its authentic French cuisine, Café du Parc will be open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day offering a seasonal three-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings. Restaurant is open on holidays from 12pm to 10pm and brunch is offered on Sundays in December from 12pm to 2:30pm. A list of hand-selected French wines is available. Reservations are suggested.
Thanksgiving Brunch in The Willard Room and Crystal Room
On Thursday, November 26, enjoy the Willard’s Thanksgiving buffet feast, offering a tasty array of autumnal delights and children have their very own special buffet and entertainment. Seatings are offered 11:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, and 1pm. Price is $110 per adult, $55 for children ages 5 through 12, and under 5 free (exclusive of tax & gratuity). Bottomless sparkling wine is included for adults.
Christmas Day Brunch in The Willard Room and Crystal Room
The Willard’s festive Christmas Day holiday brunch offers a memorable feast for the entire family. Seatings are offered 11:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, and 1pm. Price is $110 per adult, $55 for children ages 5 through 12, and under 5 free (exclusive of tax & gratuity). Bottomless sparkling wine is included for adults.
New Year’s Day Brunch at Café du Parc
Our festive hot and cold French cuisine-influenced New Year’s Day brunch buffet is $59 per person; $36 for children ages 5-12 and is offered from 11:00am to 2:30pm on January 1. The buffet features fresh baked goods, omelets, waffles, pancakes, pate and cheeses as well as a carving station, seafood station and French mini pastries.
Round Robin Bar & Scotch Bar Seasonal Libations
Cozy up with one of a series of Barman Jim Hewes’ enticing holiday cocktails. They come in both cold and warm varieties at $15 each. Cocktails include such favorites as Jingle Bell Julep featuring fresh mint, triple sec and a mixed fruit liquor; Round Robin Hot Noggin Eggnog with bourbon and orange liquor and Webster’s Hot Buttered Rum with Cointreau, bourbon and black tea. Other featured cocktails include Winter Therapy, a chocolate and mint-infused elixir, and Harrison’s Spiced Cider, a warming tonic of spiced cider, calvados and Grand Marnier. New tantalizing bar food accompaniments for the holidays, both savory and sweet, are priced from $8 to $23. The Round Robin Bar is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 12pm through 1am and Sundays 12pm through midnight. Call 202-637-7348 for more information.
All rates exclude 14.5% tax and are subject to availability at time of booking. For reservations visit our website at www.washington.InterContinental.com or call (202) 628-9100 and ask for reservations.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Rates
Stay any time from November 23 through November 30, and December 19 through December 30, with rates starting from $199 per room per night.
Willard Winter Holiday Package
Available November 20 – December 30, 2015, the Willard InterContinental offers a luxurious package that includes overnight accommodations in an Executive Suite, breakfast for two in Café du Parc, overnight valet parking and the treasured White House Historical Association’s 2015 White House Christmas Ornament to commemorate the magic of the holidays in the nation’s capital. Price for two guests starts at $439.
Holiday Lobbying – Choral Concerts
The Willard InterContinental holds its 14th annual free live music program which has evolved into one of Washington’s most comprehensive with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the DC Metropolitan area. Performances take place nightly from December 1 through 23 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Please join us in celebrating the sounds of music in the elegant grandeur of the Willard hotel’s famous grand lobby.
December 1 – The Washington Chorus
Grammy Award winning choral ensemble currently in its 55th season.
December 2 – West Potomac Chamber Singers
December 3 -- Potomac Harmony Chorus
Award-winning barbershop style ensemble
December 4 – Pro Coro – Alexandria Choral Society
A chamber choir of singers selected from the Alexandria Choral Society.
December 5 – Georgetown Visitation Chorus
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory school’s chorus performs traditional choral pieces.
December 6 – West Potomac Bella Voce Singers
December 7 – Cantigas
Washington's Premier Latino Chorus whose repertoire includes choral music of Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
December 8 – Capital Accord
A woman’s four-part a cappella chorus from Silver Spring, Maryland.
December 9 – Carmina Illuminare
Chamber choir devoted to the diverse musical styles of the Middles Ages through the Baroque.
December 10 – Washington International Chorus
The chorus features traditional and contemporary choral literature, including familiar and lesser-known compositions, new works, and arrangements of folk or indigenous tunes.
December 11 – Princeton Area Homeschool Choir
Children’s choral ensemble performing both sacred and secular music.
December 12 – Encore
Choral singers of sacred and secular music
December 13 – Sound Advice
The female Barbershop Quartet of the Vienna Falls Chorus
December 14 – Thomas Circle Singers
Chamber Choral Ensemble offering Washington residents choral classics and new works by living composers
December 15 – Arlington Children’s Chorus
Young artist ensemble which has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and at Wolf Trap.
December 16 – Voce
Diverse programming from early chant to newly-commissioned works.
December 17 – Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus
December 18 – The City Singers
Outreach ensemble of the City Choir of Washington.
December 19 – Capitol Harmonia
A community women’s chorus dedicated to singing music written for women’s voices to support and promote the concerns of women.
December 20 – Heritage Signature Choral
African American choral ensemble celebrating 15 years of music that lifts the spirit and liberates the soul.
December 21 – Vox Pulchra
Early music ensemble.
December 22 – Children’s Chorus of Washington
Children’s chorus in its 18th season.
December 23 – Philomela
Women's chamber consort performing primarily Renaissance music.