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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 2016 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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NOV   16   Wednesday


Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   17   Thursday


Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   18   Friday


Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
VSA of Loudoun presents: Parade Train. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this historical Purcellville tradition. The Parade Train welcome Thanksgiving with stops along the W & OD Railroad towns welcoming the holiday with plenty of singing, dancing and a few surprise guests! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   19   Saturday


2016 Holiday Craft Show. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 200 artisans from all over the United States, including many local artists, are participating in this year's show - so many wonderful holiday gift choices. Gourmet food vendors provide options when you need a break! $$ Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor, MD.
Children's Series Nutcracker. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Children's Series Nutcracker is a condensed version of the popular holiday classic. This magical production has stunning costumes and beautiful choreography. Children delight in the 40-minute performance followed by a short question and answer session and memorable photographs with dancers. Full-length, classic Nutcracker, Nov. 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 27, 2 p.m. $$ Ernst Theater, NVCC, Annandale, VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Lantern Making and Parade. Kids ages 5+. Noon. Make a holiday lantern and then let your creation shine in the Lantern Parade and Festival on Dec. 10! The parade is part of the Penrose Square Winter Wonderland Festival. FREE Central Library, Arlington, VA.
Lantern Making and Parade. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. Make a holiday lantern and then let your creation shine in the Lantern Parade and Festival on Dec. 10! The parade is part of the Penrose Square Winter Wonderland Festival. FREE Columbia Pike Library, Arlington, VA.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
VSA of Loudoun presents: Parade Train. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this historical Purcellville tradition. The Parade Train welcome Thanksgiving with stops along the W & OD Railroad towns welcoming the holiday with plenty of singing, dancing and a few surprise guests! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   20   Sunday


2016 Holiday Craft Show. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 200 artisans from all over the United States, including many local artists, are participating in this year's show - so many wonderful holiday gift choices. Gourmet food vendors provide options when you need a break! $$ Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor, MD.
Children's Series Nutcracker. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Children's Series Nutcracker is a condensed version of the popular holiday classic. This magical production has stunning costumes and beautiful choreography. Children delight in the 40-minute performance followed by a short question and answer session and memorable photographs with dancers. Full-length, classic Nutcracker, Nov. 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 27, 2 p.m. $$ Ernst Theater, NVCC, Annandale, VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Dazzle Dash. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 7 p.m. Dazzle Dash kicks off Symphony of Lights. The event will offer a walk and new 5K race through the lights as well as activities for children, healthy food, music, entertainment and giveaways. $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
VSA of Loudoun presents: Parade Train. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this historical Purcellville tradition. The Parade Train welcome Thanksgiving with stops along the W & OD Railroad towns welcoming the holiday with plenty of singing, dancing and a few surprise guests! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   21   Monday


Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   22   Tuesday


Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Leashes 'n Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Treat your pooch like royalty at Leashes `n' Lights. Enjoy a leisurely one mile stroll or embark on a three mile romp through more than 380 illuminated displays, sparkling wrapped trees and animated vignettes. Visit our heated tent and take a pet selfie with Santa! Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   23   Wednesday


Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. Our annual presentation of this holiday favorite brings the DC premiere of a bright and colorful production featuring elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects, awe-inspiring acrobatics and entrancing choreography. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   24   Thursday


Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   25   Friday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Our annual presentation of this holiday favorite brings the DC premiere of a bright and colorful production featuring elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects, awe-inspiring acrobatics and entrancing choreography. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring more than 700 uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, entertainment, princess visits, over 100 gift boutiques and Santa himself. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. Virginia State Ballet (formerly Gainesville Ballet) presents its collaboration with Live Orchestra. See a cast of award winning international dancers along with students of the school in this gorgeous production that will appeal to ballet aficionados as well as families. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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NOV   26   Saturday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Our annual presentation of this holiday favorite brings the DC premiere of a bright and colorful production featuring elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects, awe-inspiring acrobatics and entrancing choreography. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring more than 700 uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, entertainment, princess visits, over 100 gift boutiques and Santa himself. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5:30 p.m. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. Tickets online. $$ THEARC Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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NOV   27   Sunday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Our annual presentation of this holiday favorite brings the DC premiere of a bright and colorful production featuring elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects, awe-inspiring acrobatics and entrancing choreography. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring more than 700 uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, entertainment, princess visits, over 100 gift boutiques and Santa himself. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Nutcracker in a Nutshell. Kids age 2 to 5. 1 and 2:30 p.m. The performance will be a 25-minute in-studio performance that showcases the Nutcracker in a shorter time frame for the younger crowds. FREE Metropolitan School of the Arts, Alexandria, VA.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5:30 p.m. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. Tickets online. $$ THEARC Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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NOV   28   Monday


A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 and 7 p.m. Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theater will delight audiences with a wonderful contemporary ballet of rich costumes and moving music by Debussy. This full length production is a creative retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale set in 19th century London. A heart-warming and uplifting Christmas production. Tickets online. $$ F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, Rockville, MD.
A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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NOV   29   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Bike the Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Bike the Lights offers a leisurely bike ride through the lights for riders of all age. $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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NOV   30   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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December

DEC   1   Thursday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Merry Mosaic Christmas Tree Lighting. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Festivities will begin at 5PM with caroling by the Greater Merrifield Baptist Church, photos with Santa, free pedicab rides and much more. The tree lighting will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. to mark the beginning of the holiday season. FREE Mosaic, Washington, DC.
Nutcracker Theatre Performance. All ages (family-friendly event). Thurs and Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 5 p.m. Behind the scenes Girl Scout Education Program at 11 a.m. The Nutcracker is an important introduction to dance and live theatre for hundreds of people each year. Tickets online. FREE Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. The City of Fairfax Theatre Company presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." Come join us for a Holiday celebration of the classic C.S. Lewis novel - take a trip to Narnia! Tickets online. $$ Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   2   Friday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol. Kids ages 4+. 7:30 p.m. In this remake of a Christmas classic, your favorite fairytale characters bring to life the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's magical Christmas Eve. Mother Goose lends her talents to narrate as the Big Bad Wolf takes on the humbugging lead role. Cinderella, the Three Little Pigs, Old King Cole, and many beloved characters help create a new twist on the traditional Dickensian fable. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Handel's Messiah. All ages (family-friendly event). Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 4 p.m. There is no better way to start the Holiday season than to experience the magic of Handel s Messiah against the majestic backdrop of Washington's National Cathedral. Tickets online. $$ National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Nutcracker Theatre Performance. All ages (family-friendly event). Thurs and Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 5 p.m. Behind the scenes Girl Scout Education Program at 11 a.m. The Nutcracker is an important introduction to dance and live theatre for hundreds of people each year. Tickets online. FREE Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 p.m. dinner with 7:30 p.m. performance. The City of Fairfax Theatre Company presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." Come join us for a Holiday celebration of the classic C.S. Lewis novel - take a trip to Narnia! Tickets online. $$ Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 6+. Fri. 7 p.m. and Sat. 10 am.m. 2 and 6 p.m. Audiences will join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. It features a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers and Tchaikovsky's glorious score. Tickets online. $$ NOVA Community College, Annandale, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   3   Saturday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol. Kids ages 4+. 3 and 7:30 p.m. In this remake of a Christmas classic, your favorite fairytale characters bring to life the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's magical Christmas Eve. Mother Goose lends her talents to narrate as the Big Bad Wolf takes on the humbugging lead role. Cinderella, the Three Little Pigs, Old King Cole, and many beloved characters help create a new twist on the traditional Dickensian fable. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Bethesda's Winter Wonderland. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. The celebration features holiday performances and a live ice sculpting presentation. Plus, Santa Claus will make a visit to the park and holiday treats and crafts will be provided to children. FREE Veterans Park, at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor, MD.
Breakfast with Santa. Kids ages 12 and under. 9 a.m. Make holiday memories the entire family will cherish as children visit with Santa Claus and make a holiday craft. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet while listening to merry music. With traditional seasonal decorations in an elegant atmosphere by sure to bring your camera to capture Santa's visit. $$ Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with your favorite animal friends! Our new indoor facility will be adorned with beautiful holiday decor and the outdoor common area decorated with thousands of lights. Includes photos with Santa and animals, arts & crafts, bonfire & marshmallows and much more. Tickets online. $$ Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Deck the Halls. All ges (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Bring the family and celebrate the festive season! Explore the historic mansion as a History Detective, finding decorations and clues to Christmas celebrations past. Nibble on cookies, write a letter to Santa, sing with carolers, make yuletide crafts, and enjoy refreshments throughout an afternoon of warm merriment. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Handel's Messiah. All ages (family-friendly event). Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 4 p.m. There is no better way to start the Holiday season than to experience the magic of Handel s Messiah against the majestic backdrop of Washington's National Cathedral. Tickets online. $$ National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Jingle on Lake Anne. All ages. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa arrives by barge to greet children at noon. Family fun including arts & crafts, music food and more! FREE Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA.
Loudoun Lyric Opera: Amahl and The Night Visitors. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 and 8 p.m. The first opera composed for television in America, this one-act family production by Gian Carlo Menotti has been a holiday favorite since its NBC premiere on Christmas Eve, 1951. Join Join the cast of LLO as we recreate the story of a young boy who meets the three wise men on their way to Bethlehem and encounters a miracle. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Lunch with Santa. Kids 10 and under. 2 seating 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch with the man of the season - Santa! Holiday festivities noon to 7 p.m. Listen to live holiday music and enjoy s'mores and hot cider at Old Town Square. 5:30 p.m. Come enjoy caroling and lighting of the Christmas tree. $$ Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Museum Holiday Secret Shoppe. Kids Only! Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. Noon to 4 p.m. Offering a selectiom of gifts priced under $10. Kidscan browse Virginia's Finest products, varieties of toys and stuffed animals, specialty soaps, holiday decorations and other unique gifts. Santa's helpers will help kids wrap purchases. After shopping they can mail postcards to the North Pole. FREE Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, VA.
Nutcracker Theatre Performance. All ages (family-friendly event). Thurs and Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 5 p.m. Behind the scenes Girl Scout Education Program at 11 a.m. The Nutcracker is an important introduction to dance and live theatre for hundreds of people each year. Tickets online. FREE Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Pet Photos with Santa. 10 a.m. to noon. Don't furr-get your favorite pets! Capture fetching photo moments with your faithful companions during Pet Photos. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rufus the Rednosed Raindog. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. A lost and lonely dog shows up at Santa's workshop in this original story by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre founder. At first he's rejected because he has a red nose, but eventually he and everyone around him realizes how special he is. Fun, wacky and full of audience participation! Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Santa Fly-In. All ages. 12 to 4 p.m. Santa flies into the historic College Park Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m.! Holiday arts and crafts and pictures with Santa. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
Takoma Park's Alternative Gift Fair. All ages. Noon to 4 p.m. Children & adults can make a donation for a specific gift to be purchased for the nonprofit, for example children can donate $5 for sidewalk chalk to be purchased by Let's Play America, so children can play with sidewalk chalk at play events. Several nonprofits will be present. For details contact theplaylady@gmail.com. $$ Takoma Park Presbyterian Church Gym, Takoma Park, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. dinner with 7:30 p.m. performance. The City of Fairfax Theatre Company presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." Come join us for a Holiday celebration of the classic C.S. Lewis novel - take a trip to Narnia! Tickets online. $$ Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 6+. Fri. 7 p.m. and Sat. 10 am.m. 2 and 6 p.m. Audiences will join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. It features a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers and Tchaikovsky's glorious score. Tickets online. $$ NOVA Community College, Annandale, VA.
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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Holiday Festival. Kids 10 and under. 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your camera and take as many pictures with Santa (professional background), dance with Princess Elsa, so much more to do! $10 for entire family. RSVP 703-653-0337. $$ The Goddard School, Herndon, VA.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   4   Sunday


"Sparkling" Holiday Teen Tea. Kids ages 11+. Recommended for Girl Scouts who are Cadettes, Seniors or Ambassadors. Noon to 2 p.m. Join fellow teens and families for an elegant tea and tour. Begin in the Victorian Dower House with tea sandwiches, scones, delicious desserts and historic tea blends. Then "stroll into the past" on a guided tour through the festively decorated 1816 National Historic Landmark mansion. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.
A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. In this remake of a Christmas classic, your favorite fairytale characters bring to life the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's magical Christmas Eve. Mother Goose lends her talents to narrate as the Big Bad Wolf takes on the humbugging lead role. Cinderella, the Three Little Pigs, Old King Cole, and many beloved characters help create a new twist on the traditional Dickensian fable. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Annual Chanukah Boutique Sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come shop "all things Chanukah" at our Annual Chanukah Boutique. Amazing selection, low prices & fabulous items for purchase. Proceeds will benefit non-profit NVHC Sisterhood Programs. FREE Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston, VA.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor, MD.
Breakfast with Santa. Kids ages 12 and under. 9 a.m. Make holiday memories the entire family will cherish as children visit with Santa Claus and make a holiday craft. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet while listening to merry music. With traditional seasonal decorations in an elegant atmosphere by sure to bring your camera to capture Santa's visit. $$ Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with your favorite animal friends! Our new indoor facility will be adorned with beautiful holiday decor and the outdoor common area decorated with thousands of lights. Includes photos with Santa and animals, arts & crafts, bonfire & marshmallows and much more. Tickets online. $$ Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Clara Barton Holiday Craft Show. All ages. 1 to 5 p.m. Local artists and artisans display and sell their work. A much anticipated annual opportunity to buy unique holiday gifts. $$ Clara Barton Community Recreation Center, Cabin John, MD.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gardeners Holiday Open House. All ages (family-friendly event), Noon to 4 p.m. Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun in the garden featuring holiday decorations and seasonal displays, live music, holiday breads and ornaments for sale and free refreshments. Bring the children to a holiday puppet show by Bob Brown Puppets at 1 and 3 p.m. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Handel's Messiah. All ages (family-friendly event). Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 4 p.m. There is no better way to start the Holiday season than to experience the magic of Handel s Messiah against the majestic backdrop of Washington's National Cathedral. Tickets online. $$ National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
Holiday Performance. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. The Rockville Friends of the Library (FOL) will be presenting a concert by the Children's Chorus of Washington. There will be between 30 and 40 girls and boys between the ages of 13 and 17 performing holiday songs with a few sing-a-longs included. FREE Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Loudoun Lyric Opera: Amahl and The Night Visitors. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. The first opera composed for television in America, this one-act family production by Gian Carlo Menotti has been a holiday favorite since its NBC premiere on Christmas Eve, 1951. Join Join the cast of LLO as we recreate the story of a young boy who meets the three wise men on their way to Bethlehem and encounters a miracle. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Make Room for Latkes!. Kids ages 3+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Chanukah is coming and with it, eight nights of family fun! Enjoy hands-on Chanukah activities including crafts, cooking, singing, candle lighting, latkes, a mitzvah (good deed) project and take-home goodies. It's a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families. Preregister online. $$ Edlavitch DCJCC, Washington, DC.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Museum Holiday Secret Shoppe. Kids Only! Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. Noon to 4 p.m. Offering a selectiom of gifts priced under $10. Kidscan browse Virginia's Finest products, varieties of toys and stuffed animals, specialty soaps, holiday decorations and other unique gifts. Santa's helpers will help kids wrap purchases. After shopping they can mail postcards to the North Pole. FREE Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, VA.
Nutcracker Theatre Performance. All ages (family-friendly event). Thurs and Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 5 p.m. Behind the scenes Girl Scout Education Program at 11 a.m. The Nutcracker is an important introduction to dance and live theatre for hundreds of people each year. Tickets online. FREE Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. The City of Fairfax Theatre Company presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." Come join us for a Holiday celebration of the classic C.S. Lewis novel - take a trip to Narnia! Tickets online. $$ Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker Family Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. Family Day activities immediately precede the matinee performance. Families enjoy diverse activities including scavenger hunts, craft stations for coloring, the opportunity to watch a rehearsal and learn how dancers prepare for performance. Participation is included with ticket. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theater, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   5   Monday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   6   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Twinkling Tots. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Twinkling Tots offers children and families a stroll through the lights. Children in strollers and wagons are welcome. $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   7   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 7 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   8   Thursday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   9   Friday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Under Cover - The Holiday Musical. All ages. 7:30 p.m. Christmas Under Cover, Encore Theatrical Arts Project's new holiday song and dance musical will put a twinkle in your eye and a bounce in your step. It's sure to be a highlight to the holiday season. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. The American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for Christmas for this popular family tradition, complete with holiday musical favorites and a lively carol sing-along, always an audience favorite. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker Pre-School Petite Performances. Kids ages 5 and under. Fri. 5 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The perfect "first ballet" experience. At just 45 minutes, our p performance features excerpts that will enchant your child and capture their imagination. Ther will aslo be a meet and greet with the dancers after the show. Tickets online. $$ Fredgren Studio Theatre at BalletNova, Falls Church, VA.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. The Gaithersburg Chorus presents its Winter Concert featuring holiday favorites and selections by Stephen Sondheim, John Rutter and Eric Whitacre. The Gaithersburg High School Chamber Singers will sing an opening set. FREE Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   10   Saturday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Annual Performance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The day will include performances from all levels of class-takers, from kids to adults and will also feature work for sale from our advanced ceramics students. Gingerbread House-making 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church. FREE Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Under Cover - The Holiday Musical. All ages. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Christmas Under Cover, Encore Theatrical Arts Project's new holiday song and dance musical will put a twinkle in your eye and a bounce in your step. It's sure to be a highlight to the holiday season. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with your favorite animal friends! Our new indoor facility will be adorned with beautiful holiday decor and the outdoor common area decorated with thousands of lights. Includes photos with Santa and animals, arts & crafts, bonfire & marshmallows and much more. Tickets online. $$ Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Family Fun: Winter Solstice Workshop. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Learn how people in the past celebrated the winter solstice. Then create an evergreen centerpiece, complete with beeswax candle, to warm and welcome friends and family to your table. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Goyesquitas. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 p.m. Goyesquitas: a new original family production celebrating Spanish culture through lovely music and lively dance. Audiences of all ages explore Spanish cultural traditions as they hear, see and dance along to the music around them, guided by the famous composer & pianist Enrique Granados. Tickets online. $$ GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, DC.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Kids Day @ Bobby McKey's. All ages. Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly version of our all-request Dueling Piano Show! A place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move! All while introducing your child to appreciate live music and the arts. Special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Pancake Breakfast with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 am.m to noon. Bowie Town Center invites all of Santa's little helpers to celebrate the fun and joy of the holidays with the "Pancake Breakfast with Santa" event. Kids will enjoy pancake decorating and family activities. Preregistration required. $$ Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Penrose Square Winter Wonderland Festival. All ages. 2 to 6 p.m. This family-friendly event features a Holiday Sing-Along, a photo-op with the costumed Holiday "Yeti," refreshments and more! Participants encouraged to bring donations for Toys for Tots drive! On-site Lantern-making workshops. Then Lantern Parade at 5 p.m. guided by a live band. FREE FREE Arlington, VA.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Ride the Holiday Train. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 1 p.m. Take a ride around the park on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. Santa will be stopping in too. See the lighted Christmas tree and inflatable seasonal decorations, make a holiday project, gather round the campfire and enjoy the music. Preregister online. $$ Lake Farifax Park, Reston, VA.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rufus the Rednosed Raindog. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. A lost and lonely dog shows up at Santa's workshop in this original story by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre founder. At first he's rejected because he has a red nose, but eventually he and everyone around him realizes how special he is. Fun, wacky and full of audience participation! Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Super Secret Work Shop. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have your parents bring you to this Secret Work Shop and meet the man himself Santa! Have your Christmas shopping list ready! Find great Christmas presents for everybody in one spot. No adults allowed inside the shop! Preregister online. $$ Burke United Methodist Church, Burke, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Gift of the Mad Guy. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This is the story of a gift-crazed kid who thinks that Christmas is about HIM! Will he see that the holidays are about more than getting? Join us for a day of theater for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Annapolis Friends Meeting House, Annapolis, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Mini-Nut. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. The Mini-Nut - a delightful abbreviated version of our classic, award-winning, The Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. This holiday tradition, with soaring music by Tchaikovsky, promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer. Tickets online. $$ Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD.
The Nordic Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join us on a journey into the wonders of Nordic winter traditions! Gather to celebrate the season, let the haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, epic folk legends and joyful carols get you into the holiday spirit! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker Pre-School Petite Performances. Kids ages 5 and under. Fri. 5 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The perfect "first ballet" experience. At just 45 minutes, our p performance features excerpts that will enchant your child and capture their imagination. Ther will aslo be a meet and greet with the dancers after the show. Tickets online. $$ Fredgren Studio Theatre at BalletNova, Falls Church, VA.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. The Gaithersburg Chorus presents its Winter Concert featuring holiday favorites and selections by Stephen Sondheim, John Rutter and Eric Whitacre. FREE Rosborough Theatre at Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   11   Sunday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Under Cover - The Holiday Musical. All ages. Noon and 3:30 p.m. Christmas Under Cover, Encore Theatrical Arts Project's new holiday song and dance musical will put a twinkle in your eye and a bounce in your step. It's sure to be a highlight to the holiday season. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with your favorite animal friends! Our new indoor facility will be adorned with beautiful holiday decor and the outdoor common area decorated with thousands of lights. Includes photos with Santa and animals, arts & crafts, bonfire & marshmallows and much more. Tickets online. $$ Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Close Your Eyes... Now Open Your Ears!. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this brand new animal-inspired show you'll learn just how powerful your ears can be, especially when there's great music around! Join NSO violinist Holly Hamilton, NSO violist Ruth Schaaf and soprano Kari Paludan as they present an earful of satisfying sounds. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas. Kids ages 4+. 1 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? This year, Nancy is especially excited. She has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly Christmas-tree topper. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Vital Theatre from New York City presents this fun and splendiferous story based on the bestselling picture book. Tickets online. $$ Alden Theatre, McLean, VA.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Gingerbreadpalooza!. All ages (family-friendly event). Nonn to 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Follow the gumdrops to Tudor Place this holiday season for a family gingerbread house-crafting palooza! Enjoy storytime and a quick guided tour of the festively-decorated historic mansion and then design your own candy-covered house at "gingerbread" workshop. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Nutcracker Tea at the Ritz. All ages. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guests enjoy a delightful high tea Ritz-Carlton style, pictures with the Sugar Plum Fairy, crafts, raffle prizes and a mini-performance of excerpts from The Nutcracker. Tickets online. $$ Ritz-Calton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 2 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Mini-Nut. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. The Mini-Nut - a delightful abbreviated version of our classic, award-winning, The Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. This holiday tradition, with soaring music by Tchaikovsky, promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer. Tickets online. $$ Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD.
The Nordic Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 p.m. Join us on a journey into the wonders of Nordic winter traditions! Gather to celebrate the season, let the haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, epic folk legends and joyful carols get you into the holiday spirit! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker Tea Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. As a quintessential D.C. tradition, this experience includes an elegant tea with white glove service at the historic hotel, hands-on activities for youth and the rare opportunity to pose for photographs with members of The Nutcracker cast. Tickets online. $$ The Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   12   Monday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   13   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Tail Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Tail Lights gives dogs and their owners a chance to walk through the lights. Pets can participate in a best-dressed contest judged for creativity and holiday spirit. $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   14   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   15   Thursday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   16   Friday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Illuminations. All ages. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors and learn 18th-century dance moves. End the evening with fireworks over the Potomac set to holiday music. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Christmas Under Cover - The Holiday Musical. All ages. 7:30 p.m. Christmas Under Cover, Encore Theatrical Arts Project's new holiday song and dance musical will put a twinkle in your eye and a bounce in your step. It's sure to be a highlight to the holiday season. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nordic Christmas Revels. All ages. 7:30 p.m. Join us on a journey into the wonders of Nordic winter traditions! Gather to celebrate the season, let the haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, epic folk legends and joyful carols get you into the holiday spirit! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 7 p.m. Join the Maryland Youth Ballet for the 27th season of the full-length classic. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   17   Saturday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
A Morning with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. Casey Community Center is a unique place for a visit with Santa. It traces its history back to the turn of the century, when it served as a dairy barn. Bring your own camera to capture photos with Santa, decorate a holiday cookie, color a winter picture, and enjoy listening to a story read by Santa's Elves next to the fireplace. $$ Casey Community Center, Gaithersbuug, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere presented by Arts on the Horizon. Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Illuminations. All ages. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors and learn 18th-century dance moves. End the evening with fireworks over the Potomac set to holiday music. Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, , VA.
Christmas Under Cover - The Holiday Musical. All ages. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Christmas Under Cover, Encore Theatrical Arts Project's new holiday song and dance musical will put a twinkle in your eye and a bounce in your step. It's sure to be a highlight to the holiday season. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with your favorite animal friends! Our new indoor facility will be adorned with beautiful holiday decor and the outdoor common area decorated with thousands of lights. Includes photos with Santa and animals, arts & crafts, bonfire & marshmallows and much more. Tickets online. $$ Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Goyesquitas. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 p.m. Goyesquitas: a new original family production celebrating Spanish culture through lovely music and lively dance. Audiences of all ages explore Spanish cultural traditions as they hear, see and dance along to the music around them, guided by the famous composer & pianist Enrique Granados. Tickets online. $$ GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, DC.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Nutcracker In A Nutshell. All ages. Sat. 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 3 p.m. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents an abridged version of the Nutcracker Suite which is a holiday treat for the entire family! Tickets online. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Alexandria, VA.
Paper 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 are provided. If you have special paper you would like to use, feel free to bring it the day of the event. No registration required. FREE Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood, MD.
Pet Photos with Santa. 10 a.m. to noon. Don't furr-get your favorite pets! Capture fetching photo moments with your faithful companions during Pet Photos. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rufus the Rednosed Raindog. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. A lost and lonely dog shows up at Santa's workshop in this original story by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre founder. At first he's rejected because he has a red nose, but eventually he and everyone around him realizes how special he is. Fun, wacky and full of audience participation! Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 2 and 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nordic Christmas Revels. All ages. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join us on a journey into the wonders of Nordic winter traditions! Gather to celebrate the season, let the haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, epic folk legends and joyful carols get you into the holiday spirit! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 1 and 5 p.m. Join the Maryland Youth Ballet for the 27th season of the full-length classic. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Solstice Campfire. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. We'll tell tales of winter and make lanterns (one per child) to light our way as we take a short walk. We'll return to the campfire ring to roast marshmallows. Preregister online. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   18   Sunday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
A Season of Joy and Peace. All ages. 4 p.m. This season, the Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) celebrates 20 years of choral excellence. Enjoy this Holiday Concert of choral music presented by young vocalist, age 6 to 18. Tickets online. $$ National City Christian Church, Washington, DC.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Under Cover - The Holiday Musical. All ages. Noon and 3:30 p.m. Christmas Under Cover, Encore Theatrical Arts Project's new holiday song and dance musical will put a twinkle in your eye and a bounce in your step. It's sure to be a highlight to the holiday season. Tickets online. $$ Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with your favorite animal friends! Our new indoor facility will be adorned with beautiful holiday decor and the outdoor common area decorated with thousands of lights. Includes photos with Santa and animals, arts & crafts, bonfire & marshmallows and much more. Tickets online. $$ Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Decorate a Tree for Wildlife. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 to 4 p.m. Help decorate an evergreen tree with edible ornaments for our feathered and furred friends. You'll also make a few ornaments to take home for a tree in your yard. Please note: we'll be using nuts and peanut butter. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Goyesquitas. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 p.m. Goyesquitas: a new original family production celebrating Spanish culture through lovely music and lively dance. Audiences of all ages explore Spanish cultural traditions as they hear, see and dance along to the music around them, guided by the famous composer & pianist Enrique Granados. Tickets online. $$ GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, DC.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Nutcracker In A Nutshell. All ages. Sat. 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 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. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Alexandria, VA.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 2 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nordic Christmas Revels. All ages. 1 and 5 p.m. Join us on a journey into the wonders of Nordic winter traditions! Gather to celebrate the season, let the haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, epic folk legends and joyful carols get you into the holiday spirit! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 1 and 5 p.m. Join the Maryland Youth Ballet for the 27th season of the full-length classic. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Solstice Celebratio. ll ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 6 p.m. Join us at the center to welcome winter with a family-friendly celebration. Enjoy a campfire, make New Year's wishes, light candles, make treats to share with animals and roast chestnuts and marshmallows on an open fire! Preregister online. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   19   Monday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
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. Today: Bob Brown Puppets Holiday Show FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Fun. Kids grades 1-3 and 4-6. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and 22 - Be a Marine Biologist. Dec. 20 - Be an Ecologist. Dec. 21 - Be an Engineer. Preregister online. $$ Childrens's Science Center Lab, Fairfax, VA.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   20   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Otus' Rockin' New Year. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to noon. Celebrate the New Year by making party hats, noise makers, and other fun seasonal crafts. A few minutes before noon, we will begin our countdown and ring-in the New Year with music, dancing and a visit from our mascot Otus the Owl. Preregister online. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Fun. Kids grades 1-3 and 4-6. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and 22 - Be a Marine Biologist. Dec. 20 - Be an Ecologist. Dec. 21 - Be an Engineer. Preregister online. $$ Childrens's Science Center Lab, Fairfax, VA.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   21   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Fun. Kids grades 1-3 and 4-6. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and 22 - Be a Marine Biologist. Dec. 20 - Be an Ecologist. Dec. 21 - Be an Engineer. Preregister online. $$ Childrens's Science Center Lab, Fairfax, VA.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   22   Thursday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! $$ 300 John Carlye St., Alexandria, VA.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Fun. Kids grades 1-3 and 4-6. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and 22 - Be a Marine Biologist. Dec. 20 - Be an Ecologist. Dec. 21 - Be an Engineer. Preregister online. $$ Childrens's Science Center Lab, Fairfax, VA.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   23   Friday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 7 p.m. Join the Maryland Youth Ballet for the 27th season of the full-length classic. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   24   Saturday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Village. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. and Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. More than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Offering a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights, the big holiday tree brings you into the holiday spirit. $$ West Shore Park/ Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Photos with Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Santa Photo Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Children and their families can experience the magic of the holidays with the Santa Photo Experience in the food court. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Straight from the North Pole, visit Santa in his Winter Worderland at Center Court. Pet Photo Mornings: Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, 8 to 10 a.m. Visit website for Pet Photos Rules. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. DC's perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Tickets online. $$ Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Visit Santa!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily (closed Nov. 14), times vary. Visit Santa and his freinds from the North Pole! Furry friends can visit Santa on Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Santa's hours, more holiday events and sales can be found online. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   25   Sunday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   26   Monday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 1 and 5 p.m. Join the Maryland Youth Ballet for the 27th season of the full-length classic. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season. 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.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   27   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 1 and 5 p.m. Join the Maryland Youth Ballet for the 27th season of the full-length classic. Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season. 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.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   28   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Bob Brown Puppets: Nutcracker Fantasy. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Visit the Kingdom of Snow, Kingdom of Flowers, Kingdom of Sweets and the Kingdom of Far-a-way places where you will meet marionette characters like The Cupcake King, Chinese Juggler, Timmy the Turtle and Jack Frost. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, 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.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   29   Thursday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   30   Friday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessions in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   31   Saturday


A Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker. Kids ages 10+. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. For all ages the Olney Ballet Theatre presents: The Nutcracker, Dec. 9 to 24. Featuring guest professional dancers as well as 80 student dancers from the DC area. Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Seating times 8 to 11:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Plus, you'll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Family New Year's Eve Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Ring in the New Year with a celebration featuring entertainment by Fizzical Fairy Tales and Magic By Ryan, party favors for everyone, refreshments and simple party crafts, photo booth and more! Then countdown Then countdown to "midnight" at the end of our party! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside. They discover a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Tudor Tots: Noon Year's Eve. Kids ages 2 to 4. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year with your little one at this special holiday Tudor Tots! Enjoy a festive counting-themed storytime, then count down together to 12 p.m. Celebrate the noon-year with noisemakers, confetti, a sparkling craft and toast 2017 with apple juice. Preregsiter online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday & Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. More than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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January

JAN   1   Sunday


Annmarie Garden In Lights. All ages. 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the garden path and enjoy the spectacular light show, the nightly entertainment, the holiday cafe, and terrific shopping. At the heart of the show are hundreds of handmade "light sculptures," from airplanes to that are carefully arranged into imaginative vignettes. Special nights include, Santa Night, Scout Caroling and Pet Night. Visit website for nightly entertainment schedule. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomon, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus. All ages. Dates and times vary. Join Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa's favorite lady. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. All ages (family-friendly event). Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Unlike any other holiday light display, the Garden of Lights is a walk-through exhibit featuring over one million lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Detailed schedule and tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Lavish Christmas decor, twinkling lights and an indoor snowfall. Experience the new ICE! theme-2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. Many family activities at the Christmas Village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Mary Poppins. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Rock'n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 and 9 p.m. Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful 20-minute drive-through spectacle of nearly 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. See 20 new custom displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high! $$ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily except closed Dec. 5, 6 and 7. The Elf on the Shelf scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
Very Merry Atrium Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 and 8 p.m. Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights - all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show. FREE Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. Open daily 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24 & 25). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and shopping opportunties. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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JAN   2   Monday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.

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JAN   3   Tuesday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.

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JAN   4   Wednesday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.

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JAN   5   Thursday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.

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JAN   6   Friday


Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens celebrates the holiday season with a special daytime program. Festivities include themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online. $$ demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas of 1787. Tickets online., VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.

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JAN   7   Saturday


Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 8 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.

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JAN   8   Sunday


Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 7+. 2 p.m. Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.