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Gaylord's ICE!

Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring four ice slides, colorful ice sculptures and a stunning crystal clear ice sculpture scene of the Nativity. November 18– January 1. For tickets, visit christmasonthepotomac.com

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

On December 2 at 5:30 p.m., Alexandria's harbor shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. Santa Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina at 3 p.m. and will walk to the Torpedo Factory Art Center where he will meet with children until 6 p.m. The Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival will take place from 2–6 p.m. and there will be music, games and prizes on the dock from 5–7 p.m. FREE. visitalexandriava.com

Around the World in 80 Days

The American Pops Orchestra's special children's performance will be on January 6 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Told through songs from the great American songbook, this world premiere production revisits Jules Verne’s timeless classic “Around the World in 80 Days,” in a musical adventure for all ages. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater – Kogod Theater. For tickets and information, visit theamericanpops.org

ZooLights

More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland, complete with a dazzling light show set to music. Enjoy live music performances, tasty winter treats and holiday shopping. New this year is a glow-in-the-dark play zone for kids featuring light-up LED games and activities. November 24 to January 1. FREE. nationalzoo.si.edu

A Holiday Classic

The Little Theatre of Alexandria rings in the holiday season with a return of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols and Tiny Tim, “A Christmas Carol” is a must for the entire family! $17 per ticket. thelittletheatre.com