Sunday, December 8, 2019

Largest Clear Ice Maze at CityCenterDC and Children's National December 13-15

From our friends at CityCenterDC...

Get Lost in the Joy of the Holiday Season at CityCenterDC with the Largest Clear Ice Maze in the United States

Experiences benefit Children’s National Hospital

Joy is in the air this holiday season and CityCenterDC is thrilled to once again present a delightful experience for the entire community. After the success of the life-sized igloo in 2017 and the Winter in Washington exhibit in 2018, which featured ice replicas of iconic national monuments up to 12 feet tall, CityCenterDC continues its tradition of immersive large-scale ice installations by creating the largest clear ice maze in the United States. From December 13-15, guests will have the opportunity to get lost in a frozen labyrinth with towering 7-feet-tall walls, constructed with more than 110,000 pounds of clear ice.

Through its new “Find Your Joy” campaign, CityCenterDC celebrates the unique and special moments of joy visitors experience on site. During the holiday season guests are encouraged to share their joy with the patients at Children’s National Hospital, a valued partner that CityCenterDC supports throughout the year.

As guests visit CityCenterDC to shop, dine and enjoy the Ice Maze, donations will be collected to support Children's National Hospital. Visitors will also have the opportunity donate electronically through the hospital’s Light Up Dr. Bear campaign. When a donation is made through one of the bears onsite, the bears will not only light up on the property, but also in the hospital and at outpatient centers throughout the area. It is the perfect way to let the children know the Washington, DC community is thinking about them and help spread a little more joy this holiday season.

“Every year we make it our goal to create holiday programming for the community that will bring unique and one-of-a-kind experiences to CityCenterDC,” says Timothy R. Lowery, General Manager of CityCenterDC. “We are overjoyed that experiencing the holidays at the Center has become a tradition for so many families. Partnering with Children’s National Hospital during the month of December to raise awareness and valuable funds for the inspiring work that they do in our community simply makes the holidays even more joyous.”

“The holidays are a special time of year and our Light Up Dr. Bear campaign is one of the many ways we help bring a bit of holiday magic to our patients and their families who might not be able to experience the spirit of the season outside our walls,” says DeAnn Marshall, MHA, President of Children’s National Hospital Foundation. “Donations we receive through the campaign provide kids the exceptional care they need today regardless of illness, injury or a family’s ability to pay. We are so thankful for our partnership with CityCenterDC that helps make this possible.”

The Ice Maze opens December 13th at 4-9:00 PM, and will also be open to the public on December 14th and 15th from 10 AM - 9 PM (closed to public from 2-4:00 PM each day for chilling repairs.) Follow along on social media with @CityCenterDC #CCDCHolidays for weather updates and more.

About CityCenterDC:
CITYCENTERDC ( is a unique, pedestrian-friendly, 10-acre mixed-use development, located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. Developed by Hines and Qatari Diar, the project is home to more than 221,000 square feet of retail space, 520,000 square feet of prime office space, 458 rental apartment units and 216 condominium units, a 360 room hotel, a 1,550 space parking garage, a public park, a central plaza, and pedestrian-oriented streets and alleyways.

The 2019 Holiday Program is part of the 2019 Public Space Programming calendar that was created by the CityCenterDC Common Area Association. CityCenterDC's ownership created the Common Area Association to provide for the maintenance, operation, and programming of the Common Areas which strive to foster a unique, truly-exceptional, pedestrian-friendly mixed-use urban environment.

About Hines:
Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 219 cities in 23 countries. Hines has approximately $124.3 billion of assets under management, including $63.8 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $60.5 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 148 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,362 properties, totaling over 449 million square feet. The firm's current property and asset management portfolio includes 514 properties, representing over 222 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit for more information.

About Children’s National Hospital:
Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, DC, has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National Hospital is the nation’s No. 6 pediatric hospital and, for the third straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the DC Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National Hospital is the seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital in the nation. Children’s National Hospital is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.