Guided tour

Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

4.4 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: USA GUIDED TOURS
Guided tour

Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

Activity provider: USA GUIDED TOURS

From US$ 69 per person

The magic of the holidays comes to life on this stunning illuminated bus tour. An expert local tour guide will share fun historic stories about this national festival and take you around the main unique holiday displays of America’s capital city.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 3 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide


  • Experience the best of DC during the holidays with a live tour guide
  • Wonder at the 65 foot tall People’s tree outside the Capitol Building
  • Walk around the National Christmas tree and Pageant of Peace outside the White House
  • See breathtaking illuminated views of the National Mall
Full description
Take in the illuminated beauty of some of Washington DC’s most famous buildings and monuments, with all their festive décor. Be in awe as you travel through the streets of America’s capital city with its twinkling lights. Your tour will be led by a licensed DC tourist guide who will share stories about the history of this national festival and its fun historic local roots. Your first stop will be the West Lawn to view the People’s Tree evergreen Christmas tree, which has been displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building since 1964. Each year, the lighting of this tree marks the start of the holiday season on Capitol Hill. This majestic illuminated tree shining in front of the U.S. Capitol is a unique and beautiful part of the Capitol’s holiday season. Next stop is the White House Ellipse, where you will disembark the bus to visit D.C.'s own Pageant of Peace, which symbolizes America’s wish for peace around the world. The centerpiece of the Pageant is the National Christmas Tree decorated with thousands of beautiful twinkling lights. With the backdrop of the White House, it is one of the most glorious holiday sites in D.C. Radiating out from the National Christmas Tree are 56 additional Christmas trees, decorated with hand-made ornaments from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. A life-size nativity scene and 20 foot tall Menorah are also on the Ellipse. There will also be a stop in the historic Georgetown area to visit one of the installations of the GLOW Light Art Exhibition, which is an outdoor multi-site exhibition featuring national and international pieces of art using light in creative and innovative ways. You will also get a glimpse of the holiday decorations along the main shopping street of this exclusive quaint neighborhood, which was founded in the 17th-century. Along the way, you will experience breathtaking views of the National Mall, with a clear view of both the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building, which is a photographer’s dream.
  • Live tour guide
  • 3-hour bus tour in a climate controlled luxury bus
  • Pickup or drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Select participants and date



Meeting point

US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information

Know before you go

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time in order to check-in.
  • Please note that there is a moderate amount of walking required to see the holiday attractions.
  • Please wear winter-appropriate clothing.
  • Convertible buses switch from open-tops to glass-tops between Oct 15 - Mar 15 due to colder temperatures.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

January 1, 2023

Our guide was excellent. Sense of humor and very knowledgeable

December 31, 2022

The holiday lights tour was fantastic! Our guide was knowledgeable and fun and shared great stories as we traveled to each sight. The bus was comfortable and warm which was perfect since it was a very cold evening. For those who love holiday lights, this tour is definitely worth doing. We plan to go again next year.

December 31, 2022

Product ID: 76174