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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 2018 Holiday Happenings calendar whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the start of snow!

Take a look at the calendar below, where we've compiled the best holiday happenings in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. for your convenience. If you notice we're missing one of your favorite holiday activities, please email us at calendar@washingtonparent.com to let us know.


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DEC   18   Tuesday


Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; trains end at 3 p.m. on December 22. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly-moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum. Tickets online, exhibit is included with museum admission. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24, 25 and 31). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   19   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; trains end at 3 p.m. on December 22. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly-moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum. Tickets online, exhibit is included with museum admission. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24, 25 and 31). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   20   Thursday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the season! This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one! Tickets online. $$ The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; trains end at 3 p.m. on December 22. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly-moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum. Tickets online, exhibit is included with museum admission. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24, 25 and 31). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   21   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the season! This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one! Tickets online. $$ The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; trains end at 3 p.m. on December 22. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly-moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum. Tickets online, exhibit is included with museum admission. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Maryland Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. Voted both Outstanding Production in Classical Dance and Outstanding Youth Performance by Metro DC Dance Awards, this version of the holiday classic is a metropolitan area family favorite. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Shen Yun 2019. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, and treat yourself to Shen Yun's unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other. Tickets online. $$ Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Student Honors Recital. Kids ages 7+. 7:30 p.m. International School of Music presents The Student Honors Recital. Featuring performances on a wide variety of instruments and showcasing many musical styles, this eclectic recital will include solos in piano, voice, guitar, violin and cello, as well as ensemble pieces featuring the flute choir, piano trios, string quartets, guitar ensembles and a fiddle band. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24, 25 and 31). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   22   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
A Family Christmas!. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! Enjoy holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Also being held at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on December 24 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 9:30 and 11 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the season! This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one! Tickets online. $$ The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; trains end at 3 p.m. on December 22. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly-moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum. Tickets online, exhibit is included with museum admission. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). 12 to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. On December 29 and 30, Santa will have returned to the North Pole but you can still celebrate the season! $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Maryland Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 5 p.m. Voted both Outstanding Production in Classical Dance and Outstanding Youth Performance by Metro DC Dance Awards, this version of the holiday classic is a metropolitan area family favorite. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
Santa Comes to The Capital Wheel. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 2 p.m. Santa at the Carousel; 2 to 4 p.m. Santa at The Capital Wheel; 5:30 p.m. lighting of National Harbor's Christmas Tree, followed up by a fireworks display. Tickets are required for the Santa visits. Wrap the kids up warm, grab a few friends and loved ones and head down to snap a picture with Jolly Old Saint Nick, ride in a climate controlled gondola on The Capital Wheel or watch the kids spin on The Carousel. Tickets online. $$ Wrap the kids up warm, grab a few friends and loved ones and head down to snap a picture with Jolly Old Saint Nick, ride in a climate controlled gondola on The Capital Wheel or watch the kids spin on The Carousel. Tickets online.National Harbor, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Shen Yun 2019. Kids ages 5+. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, and treat yourself to Shen Yun's unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other. Tickets online. $$ Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Elves and the Shoemaker. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA family production of the delightful children's classic, The Elves and the Shoemaker is sensory-friendly. "The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids," says nytheatre.com. Tickets online. $$ Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24, 25 and 31). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   23   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the season! This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one! Tickets online. $$ The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). 12 to 5 p.m. Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa's Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. On December 29 and 30, Santa will have returned to the North Pole but you can still celebrate the season! $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Maryland Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 5 p.m. Voted both Outstanding Production in Classical Dance and Outstanding Youth Performance by Metro DC Dance Awards, this version of the holiday classic is a metropolitan area family favorite. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Shen Yun 2019. Kids ages 5+. 1 p.m. Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, and treat yourself to Shen Yun's unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other. Tickets online. $$ Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Elves and the Shoemaker. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA family production of the delightful children's classic, The Elves and the Shoemaker is sensory-friendly. "The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids," says nytheatre.com. Tickets online. $$ Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. (except on Dec. 24, 25 and 31). ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   24   Monday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
A Family Christmas. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! We'll take you on a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts. Kids ages 5+. 2 p.m. Glad tidings we bring with our glorious candlelight processional, a selection of our favorite holiday carols, and seasonal classics performed by the Choral Arts Chorus and Youth Choir. From Sleigh Ride and White Christmas to the Hallelujah Chorus we'll combine traditional favorites and choral jewels of the season. Tickets online. FREE Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Waterskiing Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. Come to the longest-running Water Ski Christmas show! This unusual annual event features a waterskiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and even a sing-along to Christmas tunes. FREE Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, Alexandria, VA.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   25   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.

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DEC   26   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Timbalooloo Live. Kids ages 3+. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m., closed December 31. ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   27   Thursday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Timbalooloo Live. Kids ages 3+. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
The Elves and the Shoemaker. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA family production of the delightful children's classic, The Elves and the Shoemaker is sensory-friendly. "The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids," says nytheatre.com. Tickets online. $$ Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m., closed December 31. ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   28   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Timbalooloo Live. Kids ages 3+. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
The Elves and the Shoemaker. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA family production of the delightful children's classic, The Elves and the Shoemaker is sensory-friendly. "The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids," says nytheatre.com. Tickets online. $$ Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m., closed December 31. ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   29   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1, 6:30 and 8 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). 12 to 5 p.m. Even though Santa has returned to the North Pole but you can still celebrate the season with toy trains and trolley rides through Northwest Branch Park. Tour the Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Timbalooloo Live. Kids ages 3+. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
The Elves and the Shoemaker. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA family production of the delightful children's classic, The Elves and the Shoemaker is sensory-friendly. "The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids," says nytheatre.com. Tickets online. $$ Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m., closed December 31. ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   30   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Back for its ninth holiday season, Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a one-of-a-kind adaptation. Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney, MD.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holly TrolleyFest. All ages (family-friendly). 12 to 5 p.m. Even though Santa has returned to the North Pole but you can still celebrate the season with toy trains and trolley rides through Northwest Branch Park. Tour the Street Car Hall and learn about the role of street cars in developing communities. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Timbalooloo Live. Kids ages 3+. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
The Elves and the Shoemaker. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA family production of the delightful children's classic, The Elves and the Shoemaker is sensory-friendly. "The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids," says nytheatre.com. Tickets online. $$ Andrew Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC.
Weekend Tots: Noon Year's Eve. Kids ages 2 to 4. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year with your little one at this special holiday Tudor Tots! Enjoy a festive counting-themed storytime, then count down together to 12 p.m. Celebrate the noon-year with noisemakers, confetti, a sparkling craft and a toast 2019 with juice. Register online. $$ Tudor Place, Washingtown, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m., closed December 31. ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   31   Monday


Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites 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. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Ice Skating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Timbalooloo Live. Kids ages 3+. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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January

JAN   1   Tuesday


Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6:30 p.m. New this year, visitors can see a 25-minute Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show in the atrium. This spellbinding production will dazzle viewers with its vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, enjoy acrobatic acts, aerialist performances and fun for all. Free seats are limited. Tickets for guaranteed seating are online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 9 p.m. on the hour. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Enjoy Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights, powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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JAN   2   Wednesday


Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.

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JAN   3   Thursday


Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.

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JAN   4   Friday


Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.

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JAN   5   Saturday


Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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JAN   6   Sunday


Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.