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NOV   18   Saturday


Annual Book Sale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy for yourself or for holiday gifts. Most books are $1 or less, but there are some special (coffee table) books that cost a bit more. We have fiction, non-fiction, childrens', young adult, biographies, history, philosophy, cookbooks, media (including CD's and DVD's), how-to books and more. FREE Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville, 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Ave Maria Ballet Academy presents Children's Nutcracker, which is designed to introduce children to the magic of Kingdom of Sweets. Full Length of the Nutcracker choreographed by Maria-Monica Koo. Music by Tchaikovsky, promises to hold the attention of even the youngest audiences. Suitable for all ages, performed by cast members from Ave Maria Academy of Ballet, from young three-year-old ballerinas to professional dancers. Tickets online. $$ NOVA Community College, Wadell Theatre, Sterling, 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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Let's Talk Turkey. Kids ages 3 to 10. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy crafts, games and stories all about the turkey! Event activities free with regular Museum admission. $$ Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, VA.
Loiederman Middle School Play: "To Art and Beyond". Kids ages 6+. 7 p.m. When students arrive at an art museum, they are surprised to meet up with magic and mayhem. They encounter paintings and sculptures that come to life and learn there is more to art than first meets the eye. $$ A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, Silver Spring, MD.
My Father's Dragon. Kids ages 5 to 10. 2 and 4 p.m. How does nine-year-old Elmer Elevator rescue a baby dragon held captive on Wild Island? With pluck, chewing gum, lollipop sticks, and rubber bands, of course! In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Ruth Stiles Gannett's charming adventure book, the Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life the story of a compassionate and courageous boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Peggy is a small pirate with big dreams but has bigger pirates standing in her way. When a sea monster captures her friends, can Peggy find a way to save them? Due to an outpouring of community support for our youth productions, The Alden is launching its first-ever fall production for youth. These "studio-style" productions are sure to entertain the community and provide a professional-level theatre experience for our community's young actors. FREE The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.
Pinot & Augustine. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Back by popular demand, family-friendly circus clowns Pinot & Augustine star in a show jam-packed with physical comedy. Bursting with melodic surprises from the ridiculous to the sublime, our clowns perform their own unique compositions with musical saws and an extra-special inflatable cushion! Tickets online. $$ The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Player One, Ready: Video Games at the Symphony. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Join the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia for an immersive event as we take on the music from today's most popular video games. The concert will feature pieces spanning the whole history of gaming, from arcades to multiplayer console games. Tickets online. $$ George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre, Alexandria, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Tickets online. This week: Pinot & Augustine. $$ The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Thanksgiving Glitterfest. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 4 p.m. Fun workshop for young artists and families to decorate centerpieces with glitter for their Thanksgiving table. Families are encouraged to bring their own items to decorate, but can choose from a limited selection of free centerpiece items. FREE Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood, MD.
Waldorf School Fall Bazaar & Children's Faire. All ages (famliy-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For 48 years, the Washington Waldorf School has been offering one of the highest quality bazaars in the DC area. Tickets available to the Artisan Preview Night on Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. FREE Washington Waldorf School, Bethesda, MD.

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NOV   19   Sunday


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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Peggy is a small pirate with big dreams but has bigger pirates standing in her way. When a sea monster captures her friends, can Peggy find a way to save them? Due to an outpouring of community support for our youth productions, The Alden is launching its first-ever fall production for youth. These "studio-style" productions are sure to entertain the community and provide a professional-level theatre experience for our community's young actors. FREE The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.
WMGSO presents "Symphonies of Light". All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra presents "Symphonies of Light," an ode to video game music and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of "Final Fantasy." Audiences are invited to hear the combined orchestra and choir that will include music from popular game titles, including "Banjo-Kazooie," "Cave Story" and "Chrono Trigger." Tickets online. $$ Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA.
Wine Under the Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket for a cozy 3-mile open-air trolley ride either before or after you enjoy wine tasting from three local vineyards, food bites, live music and a scenic selfie station with fun props inside a heated tent. Preregistration online encoraged. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
­Cajas! ­Cajas! ­Cajas!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. A new bilingual version of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes! Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations using props from the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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NOV   20   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Today featuring Music & Art. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Garden Buds. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Children's Discovery Garden one Monday a month! Your child will enjoy different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

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NOV   21   Tuesday


Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Grandma has arrived for the holiday-and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car, and learning lots of fun new things! This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, fingerplay, and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Wine Under the Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights. Bond with your favorite canine as you experience the light displays. Browse dog-related vendors, enjoy hot drinks and bring your own camera for a pet selfie with Santa under a heated tent. Preregistration online encoraged. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   22   Wednesday


Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 8+. 7:30 p.m. From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, DC.

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NOV   23   Thursday


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NOV   24   Friday


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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 8+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast with Santa, Sunday 8 to 10 a.m. Special tickets required. Kick off the most wonderful time of the year by welcoming Santa, Rudolph, the elves and more! Emjoy the decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, endless holiday activities and non-stop entertainment for the kids. Proceeds from Festival of Trees, presented by BB&T, directly benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute. Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, The Cow Palace, Timonium, MD.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Kids ages 5+. Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsT in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams's unforgettable score live to picture. Sunday performace is sensory-friendly. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Turkeypalooza. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Let your imagination run wild as an ordinary house turns into an exciting Thanksgiving adventure. Known for athleticism and comedy, VF Dance Theater presents an interactive story that encourages children to count, read, move and problem solve. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, 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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NOV   25   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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Art Talk & Tour. Kids ages 7+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers can get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these tours. Kids take part in an educational guided tour of the current exhibitions followed by by a hands-on art activity. Preregistration required. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the Snow Man. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 8+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast with Santa, Sunday 8 to 10 a.m. Special tickets required. Kick off the most wonderful time of the year by welcoming Santa, Rudolph, the elves and more! Emjoy the decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, endless holiday activities and non-stop entertainment for the kids. Proceeds from Festival of Trees, presented by BB&T, directly benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute. Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, The Cow Palace, Timonium, 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. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Kids ages 5+. Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsT in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams's unforgettable score live to picture. Sunday performace is sensory-friendly. Tickets online. $$ 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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NOV   26   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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 8+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast with Santa, Sunday 8 to 10 a.m. Special tickets required. Kick off the most wonderful time of the year by welcoming Santa, Rudolph, the elves and more! Emjoy the decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, endless holiday activities and non-stop entertainment for the kids. Proceeds from Festival of Trees, presented by BB&T, directly benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute. Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, The Cow Palace, Timonium, MD.
NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Kids ages 5+. Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsT in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams's unforgettable score live to picture. Sunday performace is sensory-friendly. Tickets online. $$ 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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NOV   27   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Today featuring Movement Mondays. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
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.
­Cajas! ­Cajas! ­Cajas!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. A new bilingual version of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes! Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations using props from the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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NOV   28   Tuesday


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.
­Cajas! ­Cajas! ­Cajas!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. A new bilingual version of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes! Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations using props from the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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NOV   29   Wednesday


Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.
­Cajas! ­Cajas! ­Cajas!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. A new bilingual version of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes! Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations using props from the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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NOV   30   Thursday


Family Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Listen to letters written to and by those who served overseas during World War II and write a message to military personnel serving overseas today. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor 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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December

DEC   1   Friday


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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
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   2   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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Annual Jingle on the Lake. All ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ornament making workshop for children (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Santa arrives by barge at noon, greets children till 2 p.m., choruses and orchestras from local elementary schools perform from 11 am.m. to 1 p.m. Big Melissa & Doug toy sale at small change (36% off for our 36th anniversary!) and more! FREE Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Infant Investigators: Ice Skating. Kids ages 4 to 12 months. 10 to 11 a.m. To learn about this classic winter activity, the class will take a trip to the National Gallery of Art's ice rink. We will watch the ice-skaters and the infants will explore the ice, skates, music and learn about how the skaters move. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
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.
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   3   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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Infant Investigators: Ice Skating. Kids ages 4 to 12 months. 10 to 11 a.m. To learn about this classic winter activity, the class will take a trip to the National Gallery of Art's ice rink. We will watch the ice-skaters and the infants will explore the ice, skates, music and learn about how the skaters move. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Light Up the Season. Kids ages 3 to 12. 1 to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event for all ages to benefit Children's National includes holiday cookie decorating, ornament making, Santa and Children's National Dr. Bear mascot, musical performances, youth entertainers, libations and light fare. Tickets online. $$ Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.
­Cajas! ­Cajas! ­Cajas!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. A new bilingual version of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes! Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations using props from the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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DEC   4   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Entertaining today: Mr. Skip. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk we explore nature-themed topics. December's topic is Animals. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
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   5   Tuesday


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   6   Wednesday


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   7   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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. and noon. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
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   8   Friday


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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
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   9   Saturday


35th Annual Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. is Family Friday performance. 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.
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. $$ GMU Harris Theatre, Fairfax, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Artful Afternoons at SEEC. Kids ages 5 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by our art studio where they can choose from any of our four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon's theme. This weeks theme is Architecture with stations Plans, Facades, Landscape Architecture and Stained Glass. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the Snow Man. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
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.
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   10   Sunday


35th Annual Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. is Family Friday performance. 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.
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.
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.
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   11   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Entertainment today: Story Time & Crafts FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
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   12   Tuesday


The Hip Hop Nutcracker. All ages. 7:30 p.m. This holiday mash-up is back by popular demand! The Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest McKurtis Blow, reimagines Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, 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   13   Wednesday


The Hip Hop Nutcracker. All ages. 7:30 p.m. This holiday mash-up is back by popular demand! The Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest McKurtis Blow, reimagines Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, 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   14   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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and noon. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
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.
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   15   Friday


35th Annual Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 p.m. and Family Friday performance is 7:30 p.m. A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama. Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Sherwood Family Movie Night - Beauty and the Beast. All ages. 7 p.m. Looking for something FREE and fun for your family to do on a Friday night?!? How about a movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Bring canned food to be donated to Britepaths. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 p.m. All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to the Washington National Opera! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
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   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.