Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market has officially arrived to Washington, D.C., and it is getting us into the holiday spirit! It’s only here through the end of December, so start planning your trip to Enchant Washington DC today!
Enchant is known for bringing Christmas to cities all over the country, and this is the first year this traveling maze has come this far North on the East Coast. Other locations include St. Petersburg, Florida and Seattle, Washington. If you’re in the St. Petersburg area, check out our marina partners in that area! We are so lucky to have the Enchant Washington DC set up shop at Nationals Park Stadium, bringing a great event to the area after the festivities of our home team winning the World Series. Not to mention, the park is within walking distance to The Yards Marina. We are only a little obsessed with the thought of walking along the Anacostia River from the marina to be plunged into a winter wonderland. Grab your gloves and hat, and get ready for the winter fun you’ve been craving!
This year for Enchant Washington DC and Florida, the maze theme is “The Great Search.” Guests are invited to help the little Elf Eddie and his sidekick Sparky find Santa’s missing reindeer-a task fun for the kiddos and adults alike. Amongst the 90,000 square foot light maze you will find an ice skating trail that winds you through the massive displays, a Christmas market featuring more than 40 local and international artists, and lots to munch on. Prepare yourself for all the cocoa you can handle! Enchant stresses if someone asks, “May we Enchant that for you?” to just say yes! We don’t know what that means, but it sounds pretty exciting. All of the attractions will surround a 100 foot tall lighted tree in the middle of the park. While you’re wandering around looking for Santa’s reindeer, stop by Santa’s Landing and get pictures with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself!
If you’re a veteran boater to Washington Nationals games, then you know all about parking at The Yards Marina and walking over. However, if you have yet to experience that part of D.C., we promise the walk isn’t as grueling as you may be imagining! The marina is about half a mile away from the stadium, and visitors can walk along a beautiful riverside trail and avoid traffic altogether. If none of the winter fare catches your eye, there are plenty of restaurants right across from the marina that you can head to. We recommend Whaley’s or Agua 301, but you really can’t go wrong!
Even better – The Yards Marina partners with Living Classrooms, a regional nonprofit encouraging hands-on learning and job training of local communities. When you stay at the marina, you’re doing something amazing for the youth of Washington, D.C.
Things to keep in mind: The Yards Marina has a maximum air draft of 40 feet due to the South Capital/Fredrick Douglass Memorial Bridge. The bridge can be opened, but there is a required 3-week notice for bridge operations. This marina’s power pedestals do use an Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter.