The Commute Times team wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. And for you atheists and agnostics, we send a high-five and hope you enjoy your day.
With most travelers having reached their destinations—or at least out of the region—an eerie calm has settled across much of the Washington, D.C. area. The roads and highways should remain mostly clear, except for a few events that might attract large gatherings in the city. Here are a few for those of you who want to venture out to burn some calories before or after your holiday feast.
The annual lighting ceremony for the National Chanukah Menorah will start at 4 p.m. Sunday on the Ellipse. Gates open at 3 p.m. and admission is free, but tickets are required. Follow this link to learn more. The celebration is accessible via the Federal Triangle, Farragut West and Farragut North Metrorail stations. Parking should be more plentiful because of the holiday along Constitution Avenue.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. Monday at the Verizon Center. Options for parking can be found by following this link. The Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station is adjacent to the Verizon Center.
Metrorail will be open for passengers at 7 a.m. on Sunday and Monday and close at midnight, so be prepared to hail a cab or Uber if you plan to stay out late. There is no SafeTrack work scheduled for this holiday weekend. Details about the 2017 SafeTrack schedule, set to resume in February, will be announced in early January.