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DEC   18   Monday


Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Garden Buds. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Children's Discovery Garden. Your child will enjoy different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   19   Tuesday


Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   20   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   21   Thursday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   22   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   23   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. 3 and 7:45 p.m. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Alexandria's Holiday Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor holiday market with arts and crafts vendors, children's corner, toy drive, live music and more! FREE 300 John Caryle St., Alexandria, VA.
Charlotte's Web. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this "radiant" tale from page to stage this holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.
Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
ZooLights. All ages. 5 to 9 p.m. ZooLights powered by Pepco, includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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DEC   24   Sunday


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