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November 28, 2006

Holiday spirit alive and well at Union Station

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I love going to Union Station during the holidays. It's just beautiful. This time last year, when my mom was visiting from Texas, we packed up our then 19-month-old daughter and had a wonderful weekend brunch, checked out the Holiday Model Train display, and took some great photos.

TONIGHT, November 28, at 6 p.m., it's the official tree-lighting in Union Station's Main Hall. For the 10th consecutive year, the event is hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, with the Norwegian government providing the city of Washington, DC with a gorgeous 32-ft. Douglas Fir.

Tonight after the tree lighting, check out the 4-ft. tall ice sculpture polar bear in the station's West Hall. Steve Berkshire, the "2006 World Ice Art Champion," will be carving this afternoon, starting at 12:00.

Also, the Holiday Model Train is chugging away in the Main Hall! It runs daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, through January 7. And there are several new features and improvements to the display this year!

By the way, did I mention that it's currently "Tax-Free Shopping" in the District of Columbia, through Sunday, December 3? (And Union Station offers free gift wrapping on any purchase of $75 or more that you make while shopping there. Located outside The Paper Trail store on the street level.)

And now through December 20, Union Station is a drop-off location for your Toys for Tots donations! Just take them to the Old Town Trolley desk in the Main Hall.

To find more drop-off locations for this year's Toys for Tots, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, click here.

Posted by Sarah at 10:21 AM.