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This article compiled by Suzanne Corbett, Travel/Food Editor and Staff

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The 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings are being held at the luxurious Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the Washington D.C. area. It’s actually in Oxon Hill, Maryland—also known as National Harbor--10 miles from the U.S. Capitol and 12.6 miles from the Lincoln Memorial.

It is a spectacular waterfront resort, with a stunning 19-story glass atrium and sweeping views of the Potomac River, and steps from National Harbor’s premier entertainment and shopping district. All of the front office executives, the managers, trainers, public relations people

Each year the Winter Meetings are held at a magnificent hotel and since they are the first week of December the venues are decked out for the holidays. This is no different. Media from around the country will be treated to “Christmas Around the World.” They will be walking and pacing inside a magical Christmas wonderland that will amaze children and adults of all ages as they look for their stories.

The Gaylord Hotel (shown right) is decorated with lavish Christmas décor, twinkling holiday lights and indoor snowfall. Other holiday attractions there including: Gingerbread Decorating, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, gourmet holiday experiences and more. New this year: Build-A-Bear Workshop and Food & Fun with Charlie Brown and Friends.

Baseball Writers and broadcasters will undoubtedly be passing by what is touted as the number one holiday attraction in the capital area--called “ICE” which is more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures. There are two-story ice slides that one could slide down. This exhibit features a celebration of cultures through holiday scenes and travel to the North Pole to see Santa and his elves

The National Harbor area is filled with hotels, and entertainment and sports a huge ferris wheel. Media members are usually too busy looking for scoops to enjoy the many activities offered.

It’s all part of Christmas On the Potomac, only at Gaylord National. But of course it is just the background to what is really happening and that is the Winter Meetings.

A Capital Holiday

Visiting our nation’s capital should be on anyone bucket list. Visiting during the holidays brings even more sites to the experience. If you’re only in D.C. for a day or two check out our top five picks - all capital ideas to include during a holiday visit.

1: Visit the National Christmas tree, a 94-year tradition that began with President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, which has continued through both peace and war. This year’s tree is illuminated with red, white and blue lights in honor of our nation’s patriotism. The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony begins three weeks of celebration with holiday music in the nation’s capital. Musical groups from Washington D.C. and across the country provide holiday entertainment against the backdrop of the National Christmas Tree.

2: Shop DC’s Downtown Holiday Market. The Downtown Holiday Market is located at 8th and F Streets NW near the Verizon Center and in the area in front of the Smithsonian American art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery - all places to visit between browsing the holiday market. While the holiday market is open daily from Noon to 8 p.m. plan to visit after dark to take in the lights.

3: Stroll the Georgetown Glow. DC’s historic neighborhood becomes the ultimate art walk featuring illuminated artworks by locally and internationally artists. A short walk away is the National Harbor, also decorated and a perfect place to skate. The Georgetown Glow’s art exhibits shines nighty through January 1 from 6-10 p.m.

4: Take a candlelight tour of Mount Vernon. Step back to 1787 to enjoy food, dance and music presented by costumed interpreters who share the holiday traditions celebrated in Washington’s mansion to those celebrated by the enslaved in their quarters. Don't miss Aladdin the camel, a historical nod to Washington’s special treat of which is paid 18 shillings in 1787 bring to Mount Vernon to entertain his Christmas guests. Remaining tours, Dec 10-11 & 18, between 5-8 p.m.

5: Marvel at the Gingerbread White House on display at the White House Visitors Center. If you haven’t arranged for White House tour tickets you’re out of luck. Tickets must be made through your congressman’s office in advance. However, the next best thing is a visit to White House Visitor’s Center, especially at the holidays. Featured are gingerbread displays, White House exhibits and a gift shop with the Coolidge-est gift - the official 2016 White House Christmas Ornament, inspired by the fire trucks that responded to a 1929 fire at the White House on Christmas Eve.

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