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Photos of DC looking gorgeous during the holidays

DC knows how to get dolled up for the season. Here are our favorite looks from Christmas past and present.

 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Adam Fagen)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Adam Fagen
Capitol Christmas tree
 (Photograph: John Harrington)
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Photograph: John Harrington

National Christmas Tree Lighting

 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Elvert Barnes)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Elvert Barnes
Christmas at Union Station
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Bill Couch)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Bill Couch
Georgetown waterfront Christmas tree
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/dren88)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/dren88
National Harbor
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/nostri-imago)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/nostri-imago
ZooLights
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/jsprig)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/jsprig
Capitol Hill
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Richard Gillin)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Richard Gillin
Fairmont Christmas decorations
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Elvert Barnes)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Elvert Barnes
Christmas at The Willard Office Building & Hotel Complex
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Avelino Maestas)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Avelino Maestas
ZooLights
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/David Quinalty)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/David Quinalty
Holiday decorations on the White House side of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
 (Photograph: Shutterstock/Orhan Cam)
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Photograph: Shutterstock/Orhan Cam

National Christmas Tree Lighting

 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Adam Fagen)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Adam Fagen
Menorah at the White House
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Elvert Barnes)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Elvert Barnes
National Christmas Tree Pageant at President's Park
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/kathmandu)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/kathmandu

Santarchy DC

 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/jfholloway)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/jfholloway
Gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room, White House
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rob Clatterbuck)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rob Clatterbuck
National Tree
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rob Clatterbuck)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rob Clatterbuck
National Tree and Monument
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rob Clatterbuck)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rob Clatterbuck
Old Town
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/kathmandu)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/kathmandu
Santarchy DC

DC is stunning at all times of the year (yes, even during a polar vortex), but Christmastime really takes the cake. From Union Station to ZooLights, these wondrous snapshots are proof that the city is brimming with holiday cheer.

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