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Holiday Happenings

As the temperatures drop, keep kids busy this holiday season with Thanksgiving events, Nutcracker performances, winter wonderlands, light festivals and breakfast with Santa. There are so many seasonal events for kids, you're guaranteed to find something in our 2014 Holiday Happenings calendar whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the start of snow!

Take a look at the calendar below, where we've compiled the best holiday happenings in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. for your convenience. If you notice we're missing one of your favorite holiday activities, please email us at calendar@washingtonparent.com to let us know.


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JAN   1   Thursday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how the Washington's celebrated Christmas at Mount Vernon. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, learn about how chocolate was made in the 18th century, and meet Aladdin the camel. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Season's Greetings. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. during Dec. open until 8 p.m. One of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Explore the seven seas with the Garden! Guided by the light of over 15 lighthouses, navigate your way through this nautical wonderland all made with plants. Don't forget the model trains! FREE US Botanic Gardens, Washington, DC.
Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas Day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won't give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge's mind - perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. New this year will be a dazzling light show set to music! FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. New this year will be a dazzling light show set to music! FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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JAN   2   Friday


101 Dalmatians. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Special Saturday night performance and Dalmatian Appreciation, Jan. 3, 7 p.m. - Dress in your best Dalmatian spots! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how the Washington's celebrated Christmas at Mount Vernon. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, learn about how chocolate was made in the 18th century, and meet Aladdin the camel. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Season's Greetings. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. during Dec. open until 8 p.m. One of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Explore the seven seas with the Garden! Guided by the light of over 15 lighthouses, navigate your way through this nautical wonderland all made with plants. Don't forget the model trains! FREE US Botanic Gardens, Washington, DC.

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JAN   3   Saturday


101 Dalmatians. Kids ages 4+. 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m. Special Saturday night performance and Dalmatian Appreciation, 7 p.m. - Dress in your best Dalmatian spots! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how the Washington's celebrated Christmas at Mount Vernon. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, learn about how chocolate was made in the 18th century, and meet Aladdin the camel. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Season's Greetings. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. during Dec. open until 8 p.m. One of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Explore the seven seas with the Garden! Guided by the light of over 15 lighthouses, navigate your way through this nautical wonderland all made with plants. Don't forget the model trains! FREE US Botanic Gardens, Washington, DC.

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JAN   4   Sunday


101 Dalmatians. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Based on the book by Dodie Smith; Adapted by Martha King De Silva; Lyrics and music by Joan Cushing; Directed by Janet Stanford. A show you don't want to miss! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how the Washington's celebrated Christmas at Mount Vernon. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, learn about how chocolate was made in the 18th century, and meet Aladdin the camel. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Season's Greetings. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. during Dec. open until 8 p.m. One of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Explore the seven seas with the Garden! Guided by the light of over 15 lighthouses, navigate your way through this nautical wonderland all made with plants. Don't forget the model trains! FREE US Botanic Gardens, Washington, DC.

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JAN   5   Monday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how the Washington's celebrated Christmas at Mount Vernon. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, learn about how chocolate was made in the 18th century, and meet Aladdin the camel. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.

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JAN   6   Tuesday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how the Washington's celebrated Christmas at Mount Vernon. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, learn about how chocolate was made in the 18th century, and meet Aladdin the camel. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. NETworks presents this classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. Watch him learn to love and be loved, so he can transform to his former self. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   7   Wednesday


Disney's Beauty and the Beast. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. NETworks presents this classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. Watch him learn to love and be loved, so he can transform to his former self. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   8   Thursday


Disney's Beauty and the Beast. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. NETworks presents this classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. Watch him learn to love and be loved, so he can transform to his former self. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   9   Friday


Disney's Beauty and the Beast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:00 p.m. NETworks presents this classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. Watch him learn to love and be loved, so he can transform to his former self. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.

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JAN   10   Saturday


101 Dalmatians. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. Based on the book by Dodie Smith; Adapted by Martha King De Silva; Lyrics and music by Joan Cushing; Directed by Janet Stanford. A show not to miss! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8:00 p.m. NETworks presents this classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. Watch him learn to love and be loved, so he can transform to his former self. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   11   Sunday


101 Dalmatians. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Based on the book by Dodie Smith; Adapted by Martha King De Silva; Lyrics and music by Joan Cushing; Directed by Janet Stanford. A show you don't want to miss! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8:00 p.m. NETworks presents this classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. Watch him learn to love and be loved, so he can transform to his former self. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   12   Monday


No events today. .

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JAN   13   Tuesday


Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   14   Wednesday


Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   15   Thursday


No events today. .

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JAN   16   Friday


Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.