Before I get into why you should visit Enchant Christmas DC this holiday season, I’ll answer the question I know I’ll get asked: this white faux fur coat is from Chicwish and it’s only $67. Yes, this is my one and only Instagram ad purchase. They targeted me when I was engaged and I was a winter bride — how was I supposed to stop myself!?! The good news is I wore it throughout my wedding weekend and I still wear it, so I’d consider it $67 well spent.
Now, on to the lights.
CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS WITH ENCHANT CHRISTMAS DC
So, what is Enchant Christmas DC? They consider themselves to be the world’s largest light maze and Christmas market — and, while I don’t have extensive knowledge on the size of other light mazes in the world, I’d say this one is up there. Enchant has taken over Nats Park and, while I had no idea what to expect, it truly is a winter wonderland the minute you walk through the gates.
When we went on Tuesday night around 7 PM (full disclosure: we were there for the Media Preview Party, but the general areas were open to the public), it was a mix of families, couples, and millennial groups. Families and date nights made sense, but I was surprised to see so many groups of twenty and thirtysomethings! But, as my husband said as he sipped on his festive beer, “If I’m going to pay for holiday cocktails, I’d rather do it surrounded by these lights than packed into a ::not to be named:: Christmas-themed bar.”
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ENCHANT CHRISTMAS DC
Obviously, expect a winter wonderland. Seriously, it’s a super impressive setup of lights and holiday decor — plus, there’s a scavenger hunt, The Great Search, where you go through the maze looking for all of Santa’s reindeer. This is definitely a family event, but it’s also awesome for a holiday date night.
- Festive food and drink: We got to sample some of the offerings from Ben’s Chili Bowl, Capital Candy Jar, Dog Tag Bakery, and more. I promise you, if you have a sweet tooth, you won’t walk away disappointed. If you’re going to enjoy a cocktail, order the spiked hot chocolate.
- Christmas Market: You’ll find a bunch of your favorite local DC vendors: Cherry Blossom Creative, Marcella Kriebel, and others.
- Ice Skating Trail: Ice skating rinks are so last year. Glide through this trail of lights for a wintery experience — maybe you’ll even see a proposal (jk, just saying that because last time we went ice skating at the National Sculpture Garden, we saw one).
- Live Music: There are bands playing each evening and they were great the night we were there! It wasn’t like kid-centric music, just a legitimately good band to keep the atmosphere lively while you shop and eat.
THE LOGISTICS OF ENCHANT
Enchant Christmas DC is open every day through December 29.
You can find tickets here. Tickets include access to the maze, ice skating, the market, Santa (yes, you can take your own photos — apparently this is important!), and all the amazing food and drink vendors. You can upgrade to VIP for access to the VIP lounge and an all-you-can-eat festive buffet. There are also season passes, which make sense if you plan on visiting more than 2 to 3 times.
Make sure you visit before December 29! I’m seeing this as a great date night as soon as we get back from Christmas…
Thank you to Enchant Christmas DC for offering me comped tickets and a brand ambassadorship this holiday season! I can’t wait to visit again!