2019 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

  1. Get there early: To accommodate potential traffic congestion on airport roadways or long lines in the terminal and avoid missing flights, plan in advance to arrive inside the terminal early – at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international departures.
  2. Park one hour for free: Dulles International will offer a grace period of FREE parking in their parking garages for up to 60 minutes this holiday season from December 19 through January 3. This option allows travelers to either surprise your loved ones by meeting them inside the terminal when they arrive or see them off without having to navigate busy vehicle traffic on the departures curb – all at no charge.
  3. Use the Dulles Cell Phone Lot: If you’re picking up loved ones at Dulles International but would rather not park, the Cell Phone Lot is available and free to use for quick pick-ups. Once loved ones have retrieved their belongings and are waiting outside, cruise through for an easy getaway without having to circle airport roadways while you wait.
  4. One terminal, any door: At Dulles International, all curbside departure and arrival doors provide the same access to the terminal. Rather than stopping at a specific airline zone, use any open pick-up or drop-off space to avoid blocking travel lanes. Airports Authority police will be directing traffic to the fastest-moving curb.
  5. There’s an app for that: Mobile apps are great resources for managing travel and staying informed. Download free navigation, airline and travel apps in advance to help you plan your trip and familiarize yourself with the airport. Opt-in push notifications can also alert you to possible traffic congestion, flight delays, gate changes and zone-specific boarding times. The DC Airports app also provides parking information and terminal maps, as well as shopping and dining options near you and on the way to the gate.
Take 30% off Garage Parking

When you redeem our QR code, you'll 30% off daily garage parking for travel between November 22, 2019 - January 31, 2020. Download the coupon here

Grab Your Gift with Purchase

Dulles Gift With Purchase, holiday socks

Starting December 13, purchase over $100 (pre-tax) at two or more retail or food locations and receive a FREE pair of Limited Edition IAD JETsetter Travel Socks. (Retail Value: $18)

Redemption Locations:

  • Ralph Lauren Polo – Concourse A, Gate A32
  • Stellar News – Concourse B, Gate B50
  • Vineyard Vines – Concourse B, Gate B66
  • AMERICA! – Concourse C, Gate C11
  • InMotion Entertainment – Concourse D, Gate D19
Visit Comforts of Home for Surprise Giveaways

We're giving away special gift items during the holiday season in our Comforts of Home area, located in Concourse B, valued up to $200. Follow us on Facebook for watch. No purchase necessary. See contest rules.

Enjoy Comforts of Home & Live Music Before Your Flight

NOVEMBER

18, MON

  • 10am – 4pm Comforts of Home install

19, TUE

  • 2pm – 6pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa production Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

20, WED

  • 10am – 2pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa production Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.
  • 2pm – 4pm Clear Harmonies performance Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

27, WED

  • 9am – 3pm What I'm Thankful For Wall
  • 12pm – 4pm Cider Pop Up Location: Concourse B (In front of Estee Lauder).
  • 2pm – 4pm Clear Harmonies performance Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

DECEMBER

3, TUE

  • All day Winter Park Install  Location: Concourse B

4, WED

  • 2 – 4pm Georgetown Superfoods performance Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.
  • 2 – 6pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

5, THU

  • 10:30am – 12:30pm Annual Tree Trimming Location: Main Terminal Departures level, at security checkpoints and near TSA pre-check.

6, FRI

  • 10am – 2pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Pop Up Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

10, TUE

11, WED

  • 11am – 12pm Stone Bridge Jazz Band Performance Location: West Security Checkpoint entrance.
  • 12 – 4pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Pop Up Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.
  • 2pm – 4pm Georgetown Superfoods performance Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

13, FRI

  • 2pm – 4pm Comforts of Home acapella performance (TBD) Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

16, MON

  • 10am – 2pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Pop Up Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.
  • 1pm-5pm Carolers Location: Victorian or Glee Style carolers will stroll and sing throughout the terminal.

17, TUE

  • 10am-5pm Santa Visit Location: Santa & Mrs. Claus will roam the airport, taking photos with passengers while promoting the concessions.
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm Stone Bridge Jazz Choir Performance Location: Main Terminal and throughout concourses.
  • 1pm-5pm Carolers Location: Victorian or Glee Style carolers will stroll and sing throughout the terminal.
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm Floris United Methodist Church Choir Performance Location: West Security Checkpoint entrance.

18, WED

  • 10am – 12pm Lunsford Middle School String Performance Location: West Security Checkpoint entrance.
  • 10am-5pm Santa Visit Location: Santa & Mrs. Claus will roam the airport, taking photos with passengers while promoting the concessions.
  • 1pm-5pm Carolers Location: Victorian or Glee Style carolers will stroll and sing throughout the terminal.
  • 2pm - 4pm Comfort of Home performance (TBD) Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

19, THU

  • 10am-5pm Santa Visit
  • 12pm – 12:30pm Comfort of Home Giveaway Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.
  • 2pm – 6pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Pop Up Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

20, FRI

  • 11:30am – 1:30pm Stone Bridge Jazz Choir Performance Location: West Security Checkpoint entrance.
  • 12pm – 4pm Ugly Holiday Shirt Workshop Location: Concourse B (In front of Estee Lauder).
  • 1pm – 5pm Carolers Location: Victorian or Glee Style carolers will stroll and sing throughout the terminal.

21, SAT

  • 10am – 2pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Pop Up Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

23, MON

  • 10am – 2pm Beltway Brass Band performance Location: West Security Checkpoint entrance.
  • 1pm – 5pm  Carolers Location: Victorian or Glee Style carolers will stroll and sing throughout the terminal.

27, FRI

  • 12pm – 4pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Pop Up Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.

30, MON

  • 2pm – 6pm Comforts of Home hot cocoa Pop Up Location: Concourse B, near gate B50.