All things merry and bright.
What: Artisans from China flew in to create the indoor wonderland (inspired by a yearly festival held in their hometown) out of 2 million pounds of frozen water.
Why: You’re never too old to shoot down ice slides and take a spin on a mini rink ($25-$35).
When: Thru Jan. 8, 2012. Mon.-Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor (301-965-2000).
Holidays at Michel
What: The beloved Michel Richard serves holiday meals at his newest spot in Tysons ($75).
Why: Traditional treats (brioche French toast, smoked salmon plate, eggs Benedict) in the morning and a three-course, French-inspired menu at night (famed dessert buffet included on Sun.).
When: Sat., 7-11:30 a.m. & 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7-11:30 a.m. & 1-7 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd. (703-744-3999).
What: Download the free car service app to arrange door-to-door delivery.
Why: Someone confirms and shows up in a clean Town Car for just a few dollars more than a cab ($7 base; $15 minimum).
When: You’re on the move.
Where: Online at uber.com.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
What: Get your colonial fix at George’s house while it’s all done up for the holidays ($15).
Why: Tour the manse and grounds, check out twelve decorated trees, and see how chocolate is made (among other old-time activities).
When: Thru Jan. 6, 2012. Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon (703-780-2000).
Photo: Courtesy of Gaylord National