Through Januray 5 Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 9 p.m. Walk through a winter wonderland illuminated with one million twinkling lights shaped like flowers, animals and more. Also enjoy a miniature train display, and musical performances nightly. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
December 6 Bethesda's Winter Wonderland. All ages (family-friendly event) 8 p.m. The winter concert features professional a cappella and gospel groups. Swoon along to both holiday and pop classics alike with four of the region's most talented performance groups. Purchase tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
December 6 Holiday Fireworks. All ages (family-friendly event). See the sky light up every Friday night at 7pm with fireworks across the Potomac waterfront! FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
December 7 A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Eric Byrd Trio. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Jazzy, retro holiday cheer for all! The winsome and winning combination of the classic animated film and the Eric Byrd Trio have made this a highly-anticipated BlackRock December tradition. Buy tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
December 7 Gaithersburg's Jingle Jubilee. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a traditional tree lighting ceremony, holiday music, and a special visit from Santa. Featuring performances by the Prichard Music Honors Brass, Kentlands Chorus, Gaithersburg High School Band and 11-year-old singing sensation Aishlinn Kivlighn. Costumed characters will be strolling around for holiday photos, too. FREE City Hall Concert Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
December 8 Sing-A-Long Pajama Party!. All ages (family-friendly event). 4:30 p.m. Bring your blanket, pillow, stuffed animals and wear your pajamas for an afternoon of silliness, fun-loving songs. Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer will share the stage with Justin Roberts while accompaning themselves on guitars, banjo, ukulele, steel drums, percussion and who knows what else?! $$ Takoma Park Middle School, Silver Spring, MD.
December 8 The Mini-Nut. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. A delightful abbreviated version of our classic, award-winning, The Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. Less than an hour and performed by cast members from MYB's full-length production. Buy tickets online. $$ Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Silver Spring, MD.
December 8 Winter Tree ID Hike. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. to noon. A tree's uniqueness is deeper than its leaves! Take a winter walk and learn how to identify different tree species by bark and branching. Take home a handmade ID book of tree bark rubbings. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
December 11 S'more Wagon Ride & Campfire. Kids ages 2+. 6:30 p.m. Meets at Cabell's Mill. Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the areas local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
December 12 Drumming with Dishes: Holiday Edition!. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This gentle, playful adventure takes place in a special kitchen, where two friends cook up joyful holiday music together. Buy tickets online. $$ Atlas Performaing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
December 12 Kids Korner. Kids ages 3 to 7. 1 p.m. and Dec. 14 10 a.m.Preschool children explore birds in winter, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.