2018 Dulles International Airport Holiday Travel Guide

To help your holiday travel journey take off smoothly, we’ve prepared this informative guide about the airport that includes: travel tips, entertainment, specials and promotions.

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Get Ahead With These Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Guide

  1. Make sure you’re going to the correct airport. Airports may be identified by their code (IAD for Dulles International or DCA for Reagan National).
  2. Dropping someone off at the airport? Consider dropping them off on the "Arrivals" level, rather than "Departures," especially during peak times. Ticket counters are located a short elevator or escalator ride up one level.
  3. Picking someone up at the airport? Follow signs to the cell phone lot and wait for your friend or family member there, rather than circling the roadways. When they're ready for a pick up, consider meeting them on the ticketing level during peak arrival times when the arrivals roadway is most congested. Want to really surprise your holiday traveler? Park and head into the airport to meet them! Parking is free for up to 60 minutes in garages 1 and 2 during the holiday season. Just use your credit card or take a parking ticket, as you would normally.
  4. Get there early. It's better to be early than to miss your flight. We offer travelers gourmet eats, massages, wine tastings, a range of shopping options, live performances and more to keep you entertained. 
  5. Worried about navigating the airport? Download the DC Airports app and familiarize yourself with it in advance. In addition, airline websites and mobile apps offer great resources for managing travel and staying informed. 
  6. Wondering what you can and can't take through security? Reach out to @AskTSA for answers and guidance on what you can and can’t pack. Download the My TSA mobile app and type in your questions.
  7. Want to grab a bite to eat before your flight? We feature local flavors and those must-try locales. For a last-chance opportunity to taste a bit of the D.C. region. Chef Geoff’s offers up a range of locally inspired creations. 
  8. Traveling with a disability or family member with a disability? Tell the airline in advance (airlines manage wheelchair assistance), call TSA Cares three days before your trip for assistance (855.787.2227) and notify your airline that you’d like to pre-board when checking in and upon arrival at your gate.
  9. Run into issues while traveling? Reach out to your airline on Twitter - they may be able to assist with flight delays, baggage issues and other customer service issues. Travelers Aid desks also provide a great resource when things don’t go as planned.
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Take 30% off Garage Parking

Scan our special QR code and receive 30% off daily garage parking for travel between December 14, 2018 - January 31, 2019. Download code and see details.

Grab Your Gift with Purchase

Gift with Purchase

Purchase over $100 (pre-tax) at two or more retail or food locations and receive a FREE Bluetooth Earbuds (retail value $25). Offer runs December 10 through January 2.

Customers can redeem their receipts for the gift at the following locations:

  • Kiehl’s (Concourse B, Gate B38)
  • STELLAR NEWS (Concourse B, Gate B52)
  • AMERICA! (Concourse C, Gate C11)
  • AMERICA! (Concourse D, Gate D7)
  •  Vera Bradley (Concourse B, Gate B67)

*While supplies last. Limit one gift per customer. Receipts must be from 2 separate stores or restaurants. Same day purchases only.

Follow Us on Facebook for Friday Giveaways

We're giving away special gift items every Friday, valued up to $200. Follow us on Facebook, find the gift item post and complete the entry form for a chance to win the giveaway. See contest rules.

Listen to Live Music and More Before Your Flight

December

  • 5
    • 10:30-11:15am: Holiday Tree Trimming. Location: Main Terminal Departures level, at security checkpoints and near TSA pre-check.
  • 11
    • 10:30-11:30am: Stone Bridge High School Jazz Band Location: Main Terminal near baggage carousel #3.
  • 13 & 14
    • 10:30-11:30am: Stone Bridge High School Jazz Choir Location: Main Terminal and throughout concourses.
  • 15
    • 11:00am-5:00pm: Estee Lauder “Celebrate the holidays with style” Beauty Event Location: Gate B50.
  • 17
    • 10:00am-5:00pm: Say Cheese! Capture your free holiday photo and find Santa roaming the airport.
    • 2:00pm-6:00pm: Live music Location: Various shopping and dining locations post-security.
    • 7:00pm-8:00pm: Ensemble 29 performance Location: Main Terminal, top of east escalator.
  • 18
    • 10:00am-11:00am: J. Michael Lunsford Middle School strings concert Location: Main Terminal, top of east escalator.
    • 1:00pm-5:00pm Holiday carolers will be roaming the airport. Take a video and share using the hashtag: #HolidaysatIAD. 
    • 2:00pm-6:00pm: Live music Location: Various shopping and dining locations post-security.
  • 19
    • 10:00am-5:00pm: Say Cheese! Capture your free holiday photo and find Santa roaming the airport.
    • 1:00pm-5:00pm Holiday carolers will be roaming the airport. Take a video and share using the hashtag: #HolidaysatIAD. 
    • 2:00pm-6:00pm: Live music Location: Various shopping and dining locations post-security.
  • 20
    • 1:00pm-5:00pm Holiday carolers will be roaming the airport. Take a video and share using the hashtag: #HolidaysatIAD. 
    • 2:00pm-6:00pm: Live music Location: Various shopping and dining locations post-security.
    • 6:00pm-7:00pm: Floris United Methodist Church choral concert Location: Main Terminal, top of east escalator.
  • 21
    • 10:00am-5:00pm: Say Cheese! Capture your free holiday photo with roaming photographers around our concourses, Santa will be around from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
    • 1:00pm-6:00pm: Holiday Bazaar & Concourse Party Location: Gate A32/Gate B37.
    • 1:00pm-5:00pm Holiday carolers will be roaming the airport. Take a video and share using the hashtag: #HolidaysatIAD. 
    • 2:00pm-6:00pm: Live music Location: Various shopping and dining locations post-security.
    • 2:00pm-6:00pm: Beltway Brass Quintet  Location: Main Terminal, east ticketing level.