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DEC   16   Saturday


35th Annual Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 and 7:30 p.m. A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama. Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
A Family Christmas. Kids ages 5+. 1 p.m. Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as Maestro Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chorus lead you on a whirlwind tour of favorite sing-alongs and Christmas classics that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC.
Acting for Young People: James and the Giant Peach. All ages. 7 p.m. 12:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Based on one of Roald Dahl's most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. Tickets online. $$ GMU Harris Theatre, Fairfax, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas Illuminations. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 9 p.m. Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snow Man. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Nutcracker in a Nutshell. All ages. Saturday 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents an abridged version of the Nutcracker Suite which is a holiday treat for the entire family! Tickets online. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA.
The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 p.m. All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to the Washington National Opera! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Washington Nationals Winterfest. All ages. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winterfest allows fans to celebrate the team during the off-season! Nationals players, coaches and team personnel attend the festival which features a variety of activities including live batting cages, exclusive Q&A sessions, a Kids Zone, interactive games and much more. Tickets online. $$ Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   17   Sunday


35th Annual Christmas Revels. All ages. 1 and 5 p.m. A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama. Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Nutcracker in a Nutshell. All ages. Saturday 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents an abridged version of the Nutcracker Suite which is a holiday treat for the entire family! Tickets online. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA.
Washington Nationals Winterfest. All ages. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winterfest allows fans to celebrate the team during the off-season! Nationals players, coaches and team personnel attend the festival which features a variety of activities including live batting cages, exclusive Q&A sessions, a Kids Zone, interactive games and much more. Tickets online. $$ Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   18   Monday


Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Garden Buds. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Children's Discovery Garden. Your child will enjoy different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   19   Tuesday


Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   20   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   21   Thursday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   22   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   23   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, 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 complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   24   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.