By Jackie Jeter, President of the Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President of Labor 411

Despite the challenges the labor movement has faced with recent policy changes imposed by the Trump administration, the spirit of organized labor burned bright in 2017 in Washington DC. The Nation’s Capital scored a significant victory in July when the minimum wage was increased to $12.50 per hour.

As natives and visitors well know, DC and its surrounding communities exhibit some of the most scenic and exciting holiday attractions in the nation, from spectacular shows at local unionized entertainment venues to outdoor, and natural displays. The 2017 holiday season offers a number of different options for all ages and price ranges through the end of December and into January. We thank our union brother and sisters for all they do to make the holiday season so memorable and joyous.

An American in Paris at the Kennedy Center
When: Now – January 7, 2018
Where: 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC
What: Award-winning stage adaptation of the classic movie, featuring the music of George & Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris is a remarkable combination of classic music, a timeless story, and riveting dance.
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National Christmas Tree in President's Park

When: 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (the Jefferson Building is closed Sundays and on Christmas).
Where: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540. First Street SE entrance
What: The National Christmas Tree is part of a three week celebration of music and festivities in the nation’s capital. The beautiful spectacle is located in President’s Park near the White House. The walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree features trees decorated with handmade ornaments from 56 U.S. States and territories.  The tree is lit by 4:30 p.m. every day. 
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National Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah at the Strathmore Center 

When: Dec. 16-17
Where: 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852
What: The perennial favorite features “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Messiah infuses audiences with its beauty in a performance by the acclaimed National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale and world-class soloists, led by conductor Stan Engebretson.
Union: IATSE
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Conservatory and Holiday concert series at United States Botanical Gardens 

When: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001
What: The conservatory is a beautiful display of a tropical paradise hosting one of the largest indoor decorated trees and is home to an array of poinsettias and their plant cousins.
Union: AFGE
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Zoolights at the National Zoo

When: now – January 1, 2018
Where: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
What: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music.
Union: AFGE
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ICE! at the Marriott’s Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

When: Now – January 4, 2018
Where: 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland 20745
What: A signature holiday attraction is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice.
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