Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park - Fun for All Ages

By Darla Winstead - Publisher of Macaroni Kid Annapolis December 20, 2021

My family recently visited Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park in Washington DC.  

A few days before our visit to Enchant Christmas, I went online to get tickets.  The earliest times were already sold out so we took the 8:30-9:30pm arrival window.  You can pay for parking online at a discounted rate ($10 higher at the garage) but those were sold out also.  My suggestion - purchase tickets and parking on-line as soon as you know what date you want to visit. Enchant runs now through Jan. 2nd from 4:30 to 11:30pm most evenings.        

The night we went, it was a very cold evening so we bundled up with gloves and scarves and entered a magical world full of beautiful Christmas light displays.  We entered on the concourse level and could see down to the field where the Mischievous Elf Maze and Ice Skating Trail are located.  This was a great spot for family pictures.  

Before we went down to the maze we purchased beverages.  They had hot chocolate for the kids and yummy cocktails in light up lightbulb shaped containers for the adults.

We walked down the steps to the playing field that was transformed into the Mischievous Elf Maze.  It held many surprises that included light sculptures, light arches to walk under, tall trees to look up at, and moving lights all around the stadium that made the entire experience joyous.  The pictures don't fully show the scale of the experience.  It truly was larger than life and so beautiful.  We found the ballerina, rocking horse, dinosaur, and a few other items on the QR scavenger hunt.  We explored and then had a difficult time finding the maze exit.  Look for the big signs and follow even if it looks like a dead end, it's not.            

We are not ice skaters but those skating around the trail looked like they were having so much fun.  We saw skaters of all ages.  My favorite was a dad gently guiding his young daughter and teaching her how to skate.  Along the edges were people watching, embracing, and taking in the moment.  Pure delight. 

After leaving the field we walked around the Christmas Market and made a few purchases.  I bought very fresh nuts from Family of Nuts in VA and my son bought a steel hammer head shark figurine and an adorable balsa wood dinosaur ornament made by Fair Trade artisans from Nicaragua.  There was a wide variety or artisans and vendors so make sure you allow some time to walk around the Market Village.  

For the younger kids there was the Little Ones' Play Place, a sensory room, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, and pictures with the main man - Santa Claus.  A nursing lounge and Stroller Valet were also available.

The entire facility was wheelchair accessible and easy to get around.  

After an hour and a half we were ready to go home.  My family left with smiles and very much in the Christmas spirit.  I put Enchant on our list of things to do next Christmas.  

I was compensated for attending Enchant Christmas but the opinions are my own.