The holidays are a great time in live in Washington D.C. as the city gets all decked out for the occasion.

The Capitol Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree in front of the U.S. Capitol building is a must-see sight. It’s a great place to take pictures. With one angle you can get the Capitol in the background and, by turning around, you can get the Washington Monument.

Bo and Sunny

Meanwhile, the White House went with the theme of A Children’s Winter Wonderland for its decorations.

First dogs Bo and Sunny can always be spotted somewhere in the many rooms that get decorated. This year, the dogs were black and white satin ribbon animated replicas that moved! Seriously, the dogs’ heads swivel around to look at you. They are very cute.

Dress form tree

My favorite tree was this dress form tree in the Vermeil Room, which features an evergreen skirt filled with holiday decorations and candy canes.  The necklace is Lucite ivory pinecones interwoven with vintage broaches.

The State Dining Room is decorated vintage Union Pacific toy train pieces under the trees (perhaps in a node to noted train lover Vice President Biden) in addition to the gingerbread reproduction of the White House — complete with Santa and reindeer on the White House roof and Bo and Sunny on the front law.

Gingerbread White House
Vintage luggage

I also loved the vintage luggage pieces in the window bays of the State Dining Room, which were painted a silvery-white and dusted with glitter and gold trim.

And here are some fun facts from the White House on the decorations:

  • The official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room stands at 18 feet high and is nearly 12 feet wide. It comes from Crystal Springs Tree Farm in Leighton, Penn.
Official White House Christmas Tree
  • Approximately 65,000 visitors are expected to visit the White House during the holiday season.
  • Approximately 250 pounds of Pastillage; 40 pounds of Marzipan; 25 pounds of Gum paste; 80 pounds of Gingerbread Dough and 25 pounds of sugar work were used to make the gingerbread house in the State Dining Room.