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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 2017 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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DEC   12   Tuesday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. The event features musical performances and fun for the whole family. During Hanukkah, Jews across the world celebrate the miracle of light that burnt for eight days out of a single-days-worth of oil found in the Temple. Held rain or shine. FREE The Ellipse, near the White House, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
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. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   13   Wednesday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. LTA rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols and Tiny Tim. Tickets online. FREE The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
B&O's Magical Holiday Express. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. All aboard the B&O's Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities with a different holiday theme each weekend! New this year, all new holiday decorations including a 30 foot Christmas tree in the center of the historic Roundhouse that you can walk through! Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1 p.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
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. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 7:30 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   14   Thursday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. LTA rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols and Tiny Tim. Tickets online. FREE The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). 11 a.m. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Holiday Movie Screening and Sing-along. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:30 a.m. and noon. Join us for an exclusive screening of the animated film The Snowy Day, based on Ezra Jack Keats' 1962 classic story. To make the morning super-fun, we've added sing-along holiday songs and a special host! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Snow Day. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10:30 a.m. One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. This nonverbal production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season. Sign Interpreted Performance, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 7:30 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 p.m. All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to the Washington National Opera! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   15   Friday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
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. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. LTA rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols and Tiny Tim. Tickets online. FREE The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ 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.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas Illuminations. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 9 p.m. Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Christmas at Quigley's Holiday Musical. Kids ages 3+. 7:30 p.m. Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents their 22nd holiday musical, Christmas at Quigley's, featuring over 30 performers, creative choreography, elaborate sets, stunning costumes and over 16 musical numbers. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Downtown Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday 5 to 9 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy holiday shopping in the heart of Downtown Fairfax, with foods, unique gifts, wine tastings and more. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). 11 a.m. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. Cozy up to a holiday tradition and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to view the spectacular 52 ft. tall tree with over 15,000 dazzling lights and amazing music and light shows daily! Meet in the Village Plaza. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Holiday Movie Screening and Sing-along. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:30 a.m. and noon. Join us for an exclusive screening of the animated film The Snowy Day, based on Ezra Jack Keats' 1962 classic story. To make the morning super-fun, we've added sing-along holiday songs and a special host! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1 p.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ American Indian Museum, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, DC.
Snow Day. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10:30 a.m. One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. This nonverbal production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season. Sign Interpreted Performance, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 8 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet's award winning production of The Nutcracker. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   16   Saturday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
2nd Annual A'Capella Holiday Extravaganza. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Some of the best voices, led by the Barbershop Harmony Society's District qualified Old Dominion Chorus, in the county will take the stage to bring you Holiday favorites! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purceville, VA.
35th Annual Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 and 7:30 p.m. A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama. Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 and 6 p.m. LTA rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols and Tiny Tim. Tickets online. FREE The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
A Circus Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6 p.m. The holiday circus atmosphere comes to life in A Circus Carol, as incredible aerial performances dazzle and bring our characters together to rise above (sometimes, literally!) the holiday madness. Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
A Family Christmas. Kids ages 5+. 1 p.m. Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as Maestro Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chorus lead you on a whirlwind tour of favorite sing-alongs and Christmas classics that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC.
A Mini-Summer Night's Dream. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Mini-Summer transports audiences of all ages to the court of Athens and the world of Puck's magical forest. Watch the lovers chase each other through the woods and the rude mechanicals perform a hilariously silly play. After the performance, audiences will get dramatic themselves through group activities and a discussion with the cast. FREE Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC.
A Morning with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cozy up near the fireplace to decorate cookies, color winter scenes, enjoy holiday music, and take a picture with Santa. Bring your own camera. Tickets only. $$ Casey Community Center, Gaithersburg, MD.
Acting for Young People: James and the Giant Peach. All ages. 7 p.m. 12:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Based on one of Roald Dahl's most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. Tickets online. $$ 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.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Christmas at Quigley's Holiday Musical. Kids ages 3+. Noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents their 22nd holiday musical, Christmas at Quigley's, featuring over 30 performers, creative choreography, elaborate sets, stunning costumes and over 16 musical numbers. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Christmas in Fairfax. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. The City of Fairfax Band's annual tradition of this gift to the community continues. The Fairfax Choral Society Adult Chorus joins the band on stage, and John Lyon entertains with his singular wit and a reading of `Twas the Night Before Christmas. Santa is on hand to get those last-minute Christmas lists. This program is free to the public, but tickets are required. FREE Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA.
Downtown Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday 5 to 9 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy holiday shopping in the heart of Downtown Fairfax, with foods, unique gifts, wine tastings and more. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Experience Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker with the FSO and the Fairfax Ballet - a holiday tradition your family will always cherish. Enjoy a winter wonderland of wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice. Tickets online $$ GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Frosty Follies. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. The Frosty Follies family-fun, holiday performance is complete with a live jazz performance from Metropolitan School of the Arts dancers, interactive song and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls. FREE Springfield Town Center, Springfield, 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Girl Scouts at The Nutcracker. 1 p.m. Join Maryland Youth Ballet for our award-winning production of The Nutcracker and stay after the performance to participate in a special question & answer session. Following the performance, Girl Scouts are invited to remain in the theater to talk with the dancers and work towards earning their Nutcracker Fun Patch. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. Cozy up to a holiday tradition and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to view the spectacular 52 ft. tall tree with over 15,000 dazzling lights and amazing music and light shows daily! Meet in the Village Plaza. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Holiday Ornament Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 4 p.m. This workshop provides the opportunity to create paper ornaments for the Holiday season. All materials provided. If you have special paper you would like to use, feel free to bring it the day of the event. FREE Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood, MD.
Holiday Songs: Music Around the World. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Bright Star Theatre presents songs and stories that come together for a truly magical wintertime show. Audiences will travel from Africa to Mexico and everywhere in between, while hearing a range of songs from "I Have A Little Dreidel" and "Auld Lang Syne" to "Away in a Manger," "Sankta Lucia" and so much more. Tickets online. $$ The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Nutcracker in a Nutshell. All ages. Saturday 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents an abridged version of the Nutcracker Suite which is a holiday treat for the entire family! Tickets online. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ American Indian Museum, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, DC.
Snow Day. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10 and 11:30 a.m. One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. This nonverbal production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 2 and 8 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 p.m. All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to the Washington National Opera! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5 p.m. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet's award winning production of The Nutcracker. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
To Catch a Leprechaun. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater, follows the adventures of Riley O'Really, who really wants to catch a leprechaun. Tickets online. $$ The Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Tuneful Tidings. All ages (family-friendly). 4 to 5:30 p.m. Come ring in this magical time of the year with Sopranessence as we share some of your favorite tunes of the season. Tickets online. $$ Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include clinics with players & coaches, kids games, on-stage entertainment and more at this holiday-themed event! Tickets online. $$ Walter E. Washington Convention 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. $$ Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   17   Sunday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
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. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, 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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
A Circus Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6 p.m. The holiday circus atmosphere comes to life in A Circus Carol, as incredible aerial performances dazzle and bring our characters together to rise above (sometimes, literally!) the holiday madness. Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
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.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Christmas Pageant. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oh, come let us adore him! Join us for this beloved family-friendly event, as Cathedral clergy, a profusion of angels, shepherds, Bethlehem townspeople and a menagerie of animals present a delightful retelling of the Nativity. All children are invited to participate. FREE National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Christmas at Quigley's Holiday Musical. Kids ages 3+. Noon and 4 p.m. Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents their 22nd holiday musical, Christmas at Quigley's, featuring over 30 performers, creative choreography, elaborate sets, stunning costumes and over 16 musical numbers. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Downtown Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday 5 to 9 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy holiday shopping in the heart of Downtown Fairfax, with foods, unique gifts, wine tastings and more. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, 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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
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. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 2 and 7:30 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5 p.m. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet's award winning production of The Nutcracker. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
To Catch a Leprechaun. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater, follows the adventures of Riley O'Really, who really wants to catch a leprechaun. Tickets online. $$ The Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include clinics with players & coaches, kids games, on-stage entertainment and more at this holiday-themed event! Tickets online. $$ Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Washington Nationals Winterfest. All ages. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winterfest allows fans to celebrate the team during the off-season! Nationals players, coaches and team personnel attend the festival which features a variety of activities including live batting cages, exclusive Q&A sessions, a Kids Zone, interactive games and much more. Tickets online. $$ Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   18   Monday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Golf Cart Tours for handicapped guests will be available tonight. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Tonight's entertainment is Garrett Music Academy with student performances. Lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, 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.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
FunDay Monday: Holiday Show. 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: Bob Brown Puppets Holiday Show. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
World's Largest Gingerbread Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gingerbread Lane, a massive village of 500 gingerbread houses, department stores, an ice rink and a carousel, will deck the halls! Guinness World Record-holder Jon Lovitch will attempt to beat his own record with a 678-square foot gingerbread village at the center made from 270 pounds of gingerbread dough, 910 pounds of icing, 700 candy canes and 25 combined pounds of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tickets online. $$ Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 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


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, 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.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   20   Wednesday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ 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.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
B&O's Magical Holiday Express. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. All aboard the B&O's Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities with a different holiday theme each weekend! New this year, all new holiday decorations including a 30 foot Christmas tree in the center of the historic Roundhouse that you can walk through! Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, 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. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Light. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 12 and 7:30 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   21   Thursday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ 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.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). 11 a.m. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, 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. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 7:30 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   22   Friday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). 11 a.m. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. Cozy up to a holiday tradition and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to view the spectacular 52 ft. tall tree with over 15,000 dazzling lights and amazing music and light shows daily! Meet in the Village Plaza. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, 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. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 8 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet's award winning production of The Nutcracker. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   23   Saturday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, 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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. Cozy up to a holiday tradition and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to view the spectacular 52 ft. tall tree with over 15,000 dazzling lights and amazing music and light shows daily! Meet in the Village Plaza. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). Noon to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Tour Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 2 and 8 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5 p.m. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet's award winning production of The Nutcracker. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
To Catch a Leprechaun. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater, follows the adventures of Riley O'Really, who really wants to catch a leprechaun. Tickets online. $$ The Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   24   Sunday


"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 2 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Waterskiing Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. Come to the longest-running Water Ski Christmas show! This unusual annual event features a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and even a sing-along to Christmas tunes. FREE Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, Alexandria, VA.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   25   Monday


"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   26   Tuesday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5 p.m. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet's award winning production of The Nutcracker. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
To Catch a Leprechaun. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater, follows the adventures of Riley O'Really, who really wants to catch a leprechaun. Tickets online. $$ The Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
World's Largest Gingerbread Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gingerbread Lane, a massive village of 500 gingerbread houses, department stores, an ice rink and a carousel, will deck the halls! Guinness World Record-holder Jon Lovitch will attempt to beat his own record with a 678-square foot gingerbread village at the center made from 270 pounds of gingerbread dough, 910 pounds of icing, 700 candy canes and 25 combined pounds of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tickets online. $$ Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 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   27   Wednesday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Rainbow Puppets: Toyland. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Mickey Rooney narrates this fast-paced retelling of this classic operetta. This upbeat and bouncy version of Toyland takes all of the musical and dramatic highlights of the story and blends them into a fast-paced puppet spectacular! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 12 and 7:30 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker - Virginia Ballet Company & School. All ages (family-friendly). 2 and 7 p.m. Virginia Ballet Company's Nutcracker has been a local tradition since 1950! See young Clara and her handsome Nutcracker as they battle the Mouse King! Then watch as a myriad of sweets take the stage to Tchaikovsky's musical masterpiece. Tickets online. $$ Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   28   Thursday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 7:30 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker - Virginia Ballet Company & School. All ages (family-friendly). 2 and 7 p.m. Virginia Ballet Company's Nutcracker has been a local tradition since 1950! See young Clara and her handsome Nutcracker as they battle the Mouse King! Then watch as a myriad of sweets take the stage to Tchaikovsky's musical masterpiece. Tickets online. $$ Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   29   Friday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
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. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, 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. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! 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. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker - Virginia Ballet Company & School. All ages (family-friendly). 2 and 7 p.m. Virginia Ballet Company's Nutcracker has been a local tradition since 1950! See young Clara and her handsome Nutcracker as they battle the Mouse King! Then watch as a myriad of sweets take the stage to Tchaikovsky's musical masterpiece. Tickets online. $$ Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   30   Saturday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 2 and 8 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
To Catch a Leprechaun. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater, follows the adventures of Riley O'Really, who really wants to catch a leprechaun. Tickets online. $$ The Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, 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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DEC   31   Sunday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets online. $$ Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Noontime New Year's Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Ring in the New Year early with the annual Noon Time New Year's Eve Celebration at Port Discovery Children's Museum! Early bedtime or not, partygoers will enjoy a festive day of play inside a Winter Snow Ball Wonderland! Tickets online. FREE Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD.
Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11 a.m. This one-of-a kind interactive Character breakfast experience features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 2 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Nutcracker Fantasy. Kids ages 2 to 4. Dates vary. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers and Faraway Places! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
To Catch a Leprechaun. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater, follows the adventures of Riley O'Really, who really wants to catch a leprechaun. Tickets online. $$ The Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open nightly (closed December 25), Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Specially-themed nights highlighted on website. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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January

JAN   1   Monday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. This dazzling light show is a magical journey along a protected path featuring spectacular "light sculptures." Nightly entertainment with lots of magical photo ops, holiday cafe, great shopping and more! Tickets online. Closed December 24 and 25. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D" Film. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily. The 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Flims are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! $5 with the purchase of Aquarium admission. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesdays through Fridays 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. A dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. Drive your car through and experience the laser light show and 3-D holiday video all set to holiday music. Schedule of special nights and tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, 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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JAN   2   Tuesday


Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.

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JAN   3   Wednesday


Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.

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JAN   4   Thursday


Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.

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JAN   5   Friday


Amazing Farm Fun's Winter Nights on the Farm. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9:30 p.m. The new seasonal addition offers a warm inviting family atmosphere to plan a full afternoon of amazing fun. $$ Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.

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JAN   6   Saturday


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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holidys are full of delight at George Washington's estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making and meet Aladdin the Camel! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.

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JAN   7   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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.