7 Super Christmas-y Places to Propose in Washington

When’s the most popular day to propose? According to a survey of 10,000 people in the United Kingdom conducted by event planning company Chillisauce (and a 2014 survey by Facebook), it’s Christmas Eve—followed by Christmas Day. If you’re hunting for a place to pop the question this year that feels extra-festive, we’ve rounded up seven Christmas-y spots around town. Take a look at the list below, and happy proposal planning!


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The retail hub has gone all-out on their holiday decor, so whether you want to get down on one knee under the snowflakes in Palmer Alley or in front of the giant reindeer, there’s plenty of festive backdrops for your very important question.

The National Mall

What’s more classic than The National Christmas Tree on the National Mall? Bonus: afterwards you can pose for pics in front of the White House.

Library of Congress

Photograph of past Library of Congress tree by Robert Carpenter via Flickr.

Not only is the Library of Congress atrium architecturally stunning, its Christmas tree makes for a gorgeous backdrop. The Christmas tree is set to be installed on December 8, after which it’ll be a prime spot for festive photos.

Washington Harbour

Whether you want to propose beneath the Christmas wreathes along the waterfront, on Washington Harbour ice rink, or by the colorful Georgetown Glow installation, there’s plenty of proposal spots near this section of Georgetown.

The Yards

Photograph courtesy The Yards.

Go all-out on the Christmas-themed romance at The Yards’ mistletoe installation, where you can propose under kiss-worthy set ups like this one. The Yards are already a great spot for engagement photos and the Christmas decor only makes it more perfect for a holiday proposal.

National Harbor

The massive Christmas tree at Maryland’s National Harbor adds some serious holiday ambiance—and the lit-up Ferris wheel isn’t bad as a backdrop either.

P.J. Clarke’s

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Sure, you could attempt a proposal at the Christmas bar, but waiting in line to get in might kind of kill the excitement. If a restaurant proposal is part of the plan, P.J. Clark’s inverted Christmas tree will look great with the surprise on your fiancé(e)’s face when they’re discovering a diamond ring at the bottom of their Champagne.


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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.