5. Washington D.C.
Tried-and-true Tradition: National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace
On the Ellipse lawn, south of the White House
Go for nightly musical performances and a Yule log beside the grand official tree, plus 56 smaller trees decorated by the 50 states, 5 territories, and District of Columbia. Through January 1; free. nps.gov/whho
Becoming a Tradition: Downtown Holiday Market
150 F Street, NW., December 4-23 (in its fifth year)
The roster of 150 artisans and craftspeople covers such media as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles. The offerings change each week to vary shopping options. Noon to 8 p.m. daily. downtowndc.org