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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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NOV   15   Thursday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday - and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
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 begin November 18 through January 4 and are posted online. We stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. Double bladed, flat edge skates are available in size youth 8 to 13 for beginners. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily in November (closed November 22). Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   16   Friday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed November 19 to 22; December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday - and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 7:30 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
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 begin November 18 through January 4 and are posted online. We stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. Double bladed, flat edge skates are available in size youth 8 to 13 for beginners. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily in November (closed November 22). Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Tree Lighting Celebration & Fireworks. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Join us on the Lakefront Plaza (near Uncle Julio's) as we kick-off the holiday season! Guest Host Tommy McFly, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus (Santa arrives at approximately 6:30 p.m. and leaves promptly at 8 p.m. to get back to the North Pole); the dazzling fireworks show over the lake, begins at 8 p.m.; horse & carriage rides (ends at 7 p.m.); strolling entertainmentand so much more! FREE RIO Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   17   Saturday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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 November 19 to 22; 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. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday - and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours begin November 18 through January 4 and are posted online. We stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. Double bladed, flat edge skates are available in size youth 8 to 13 for beginners. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily in November (closed November 22). Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party. Kids ages 4 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Join Virginia Ballet Company for tea and treats with the Sugar Plum Fairy! Enjoy story time, dances from the Nutcracker, photos with friends from the Land of Sweets, a craft and learn dance steps! RSVP to vbcteaparty@gmail.com by November 10. $$ The Foundry Christian Church, Burke, VA.
Turkeypalooza. Kids ages 3+. 10:30 a.m. Back by popular demand, Arts on the Green presents "Turkeypalooza," an engaging interactive Thanksgiving-themed performance featuring the VF Dance Theater. Let your imagination run wild as an ordinary house turns into an exciting Thanksgiving adventure. Known for athleticism and comedy, VF Dance Theater presents an interactive story that encourages children to count, read, move and problem solve. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.

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NOV   18   Sunday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
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 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed November 19 to 22; December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday - and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Junior League of Washington's 60th Holiday Shops. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual Family Fun Day, with fantastic events for the entire family is part of the Holiday Shops. Santa photos are $30 per family and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday Shops is more than a unique shopping experience; it is also one of JLW's major fundraisers. Tickets online. $$ Union Market Dock5, Washington, DC.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily in November (closed November 22). Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   19   Monday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at 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.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday - and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily in November (closed November 22). Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   20   Tuesday


"Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy local wine and a magical ride through the lights at Wine Under the Lights, November 18, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights on November 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets online and will sell out quickly. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at the Gaylord: Gingerbread Decorating. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Visit. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Last Fall's sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday - and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Reservations required. $$ Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
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). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily in November (closed November 22). Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   21   Wednesday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at 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+. 10:45 a.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.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily in November (closed November 22). Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

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NOV   22   Thursday


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at 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.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.

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NOV   23   Friday


28th Annual Reston Holiday Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Reston Holiday Parade features Macy's-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries and much more, capped with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Reston's own Sissy Sheridan will be the 2018 Grand Marshal. The holiday schedule of events can be found online. FREE Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The 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+. 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. Kids ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Santa, Rudolph, the elves and their friends at Kennedy Krieger Institute are preparing for the East Coast's largest holiday-themed festival, Festival of Trees! Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 6 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. All ages. 2 and 7 p.m. Virginia National Ballet presents the 6th Annual presentation of "The Nutcracker" with brand new, gorgeous backdrops and updated scenery. VNB's Nutcracker is a highly popular production, the first Nutcracker of the season in the region, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, and sells quickly each year. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performaing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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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NOV   24   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. Kids ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Santa, Rudolph, the elves and their friends at Kennedy Krieger Institute are preparing for the East Coast's largest holiday-themed festival, Festival of Trees! Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 2 to 3:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 5 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Nutcracker Performance!. Kids ages 3+. 2 and 7:30 p.m. The Classical Ballet Theatre performs this holiday favorite with a beautiful production that includes all the costumes, scenery, and magic to bring Clara's dream to life. Join Clara on her magical journey with her Nutcracker Prince to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she is greeted by the majestic Snow Queen, the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and other enchanted dancing characters in the Kingdom. Join us for this wonderful holiday tradition! Tickets online. $$ NOVA Community College, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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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NOV   25   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Kids ages 7+. Times vary. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets online. $$ The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
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 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. Kids ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Santa, Rudolph, the elves and their friends at Kennedy Krieger Institute are preparing for the East Coast's largest holiday-themed festival, Festival of Trees! Tickets online. $$ Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Nutcracker Performance!. Kids ages 3+. 2 p.m. The Classical Ballet Theatre performs this holiday favorite with a beautiful production that includes all the costumes, scenery, and magic to bring Clara's dream to life. Join Clara on her magical journey with her Nutcracker Prince to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she is greeted by the majestic Snow Queen, the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and other enchanted dancing characters in the Kingdom. Join us for this wonderful holiday tradition! Tickets online. $$ NOVA Community College, Annandale, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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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NOV   26   Monday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. 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.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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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NOV   27   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. 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.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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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NOV   28   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. 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.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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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NOV   29   Thursday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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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NOV   30   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Sign interpreted performance on December 8 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 7:30 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 6 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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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December

DEC   1   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Sign interpreted performance on December 8 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 7 p.m., parade at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy festivities out on the dock, including a Letters to Santa postcard pop-up from paper goods boutique Penny Post, a DIY holiday wood ornament craft activity from AR Workshop Alexandria and a hot chocolate bar from Dolci Gelati. Parade goers are invited to step into the Torpedo Factory Art Center, located at the Alexandria City Marina, for their annual holiday festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. Schedule online. FREE Alexandria Waterfront, , VA.
Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long!. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 6 p.m. Kick off the holiday season at Wolf Trap's Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long! This musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with local choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. Wolf Trap will be participating in Toys for Tots by collecting new, unwrapped toys at the entrance to the Filene Center before the Sing-A-Long. Donations are voluntary. FREE Wolf Trap's Filene Center, Vienna, VA.
Annual Jingle on Lake Anne. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fun day of crafts and music with a holiday market, cookie decorating, ornament making and lots more! Farm market 8 a.m. to 12 p.m; craft market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; cookie and ornamnet decorating 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Gifts from the HeArt at Reston Community Center Lake Anne 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Lake Anne Elementary School Choir 11 a.m.; Santa arrives by barge at 12 p.m. and then pictures with him until 2 p.m. FREE Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, NA.
Bethesda's Winter Wonderland. All ages (family-friendly). 1 to 4 p.m. The celebration features holiday performances, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus. Blocks of ice will be transformed into wintery works of art before your eyes during the live ice sculpting presentation, followed by choral performances from local school groups. FREE Veterans Park, Corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues, Bethesda, 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Celebrate the Sounds of the Season!. All ages (family-friendly events). Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, December 1, 2 and 7 p.m.; Mannheim Steamroller, December 2, 4 and 8 p.m.; Bandana Splits, December 6, 3 p.m.; Strathmore Children's Chorus, December 9, 4 p.m. and The Beach Boys Reason for the Season Christmas Tour, December 10, 8 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday Maker's Market. All ages (family-friendly event). First four Saturdays in December, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy indoor shopping at the Holiday Maker's Market! Shop local for wonderful handmade and homemade products. You'll find jewelry, pottery, drawings, homemade candies, locally distilled rum, coffee and more at our popular market. FREE Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, 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! $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 2 to 3:15 p.m. and 4 to 5:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 6 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Nationals Winterfest presented by StubHub. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual weekend-long festival is a celebration of baseball and the holidays with presents and Presidents. This year's Nat-ivity scene includes both indoor and outdoor programs so fans can enjoy many of your favorite activities from last year along with several new additions only available at Nationals Park. Tickets online. $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa Fly-In. All ages (family-friendly event). Museum opens at 10 a.m.; activities are 12 to 4 p.m. and Santa arrives at 12:30 p.m. Watch Santa fly into historic College Park Airport with some help from a local pilot! Make holiday arts and crafts before having your picture taken with Santa. Event is included with museum admission, tickets online. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Santa and his helpers have arrived! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Open daily daily, Monday though Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Preregistration online. This week enjoy Miss Ellie's Hanukkah Songfest: Dreidels and Latkes and Lights? Oh My! FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Enchanted Forest. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Junior League of Northern Virginia's 18th annual The Enchanted Forest will feature live entertainment, Kids in the Kitchen activities, a visit from Santa, kids' crafts, premium events for adults and kids, and a silent auction of 80+ themed trees and wreaths. Tickets online. $$ Sheraton Tyson Corner, Tysons, VA.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   2   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Celebrate the Sounds of the Season!. All ages (family-friendly events). Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, December 1, 2 and 7 p.m.; Mannheim Steamroller, December 2, 4 and 8 p.m.; Bandana Splits, December 6, 3 p.m.; Strathmore Children's Chorus, December 9, 4 p.m. and The Beach Boys Reason for the Season Christmas Tour, December 10, 8 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, 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 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Festive Families Walk at Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 tp 8 p.m. Festive Families Walk, co-presented with Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods and sponsored by Calvert Hall College High School, will be this year's only opportunity to walk through the Symphony of Lights. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, 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. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Gardeners Holiday Open House & Puppet Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun in the garden featuring decorations and seasonal displays, live music, holiday breads and ornaments for sale and free refreshments. Bring the children to a holiday puppet show by Bob Brown Puppets at 1 and 3 p.m. Register online. FREE Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday 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.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 3 to 4:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m., gates open at 3 p.m. Festivities at the lighting ceremony include musical performances, hot latkes and donuts, free dreidels and menorah kits and a special performance by the U.S. Army Band, Pershing's Own. The menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish holiday marking the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Tickets are free but required. Held rain or shine. FREE White House Ellipse, Washington, DC.
Nationals Winterfest presented by StubHub. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual weekend-long festival is a celebration of baseball and the holidays with presents and Presidents. This year's Nat-ivity scene includes both indoor and outdoor programs so fans can enjoy many of your favorite activities from last year along with several new additions only available at Nationals Park. Tickets online. $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa Cares. All ages. 9 to 11 a.m. Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite, one ticket per group/family, please. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, 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 7 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. Sensory-friendly Santa will be available December 2, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free tickets are required and can be found on eventbrite.com. Reserve one ticket per group/family. 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.
Sensory-Friendly Santa. All ages. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus. Many children want to meet Santa but have sensory over load when it comes to being at the mall, especially during the Holiday Season. This experience is designed for children who would like calmer and more comforting environment. Reserve one ticket per group/family. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
St. Clement's Island Holiday Open House. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy children's activities, music and more at the opening of the holiday exhibit inside the museum. Kid's games, face painting, refreshments and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be availble at 12 to 2 p.m. Dr. Thomas Gerard, first owner of St. Clement's Island, will talk about his property. COSMIC Flute Orchestra will perform from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. FREE St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
The Enchanted Forest. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Junior League of Northern Virginia's 18th annual The Enchanted Forest will feature live entertainment, Kids in the Kitchen activities, a visit from Santa, kids' crafts, premium events for adults and kids, and a silent auction of 80+ themed trees and wreaths. Tickets online. $$ Sheraton Tyson Corner, Tysons, VA.
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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   3   Monday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   4   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ 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 7 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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   5   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Ballet West: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque du Soleil's CRYSTAL. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
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 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.
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 7 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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   6   Thursday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Sign interpreted performance on December 8 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Ballet West: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. 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.
Celebrate the Sounds of the Season!. All ages (family-friendly events). Bandana Splits, December 6, 3 p.m.; Strathmore Children's Chorus, December 9, 4 p.m. and The Beach Boys Reason for the Season Christmas Tour, December 10, 8 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cirque du Soleil's CRYSTAL. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ 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. 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.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, 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 7 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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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.
Winternational - 7th Annual Embassy Showcase. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winternational is an exciting celebration showcasing the cultural and culinary traditions of Washington's diplomatic community. This festival has the atmosphere of a bustling global marketplace with each embassy promoting their country through vibrant displays of visual art, food and handcrafts, as well as travel and tourism exhibits. Enjoy the opportunity to travel the world and do some holiday shopping! FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
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   7   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Sign interpreted performance on December 8 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Ballet West: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. 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 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 du Soleil's CRYSTAL. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 7:30 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 6 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   8   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Today's performance at 11:30 a.m. is sign interpreted. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Ballet West: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. 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 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque du Soleil's CRYSTAL. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Family Crafting Social and Wee Shoppe. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for socializing, crafting, and shopping! Secret shopping for kids 3 to 8 at the Wee Shoppe. With elf-en volunteers helping them (no parents allowed!), your kids will be able to buy small gifts for family members, specifically purchased or made and priced starting at just $1. Adults can enjoy the crafting social or possibly shop yourself at the new-to-you jewelry and Parent Circle Handwork items sale. Don't forget the delicious bake sale! FREE Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery, Silver Spring, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ 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. 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 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.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. Today's 11 a.m. performance is sensory-friendly. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 2 to 3:15 p.m. and 4 to 5:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Mistletoe Magic. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 5 p.m. This 2nd annual holiday festival will feature a stationary hot air balloon, winter-themed games, crafts, holiday music, a festive train ride, s'mores, hot chocolate bar and a Meet and Greet with Mr. Claus himself! FREE Parkridge Center, Manassas, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Night in Bethlehem. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Come experience a live re-creation of the Christmas Story at FUMC Enjoy the living Nativity, manger petting zoo, crafts and even hot cider. FREE Franconia United Methodist Church, Alexandria, VA.
Nutcracker Ballet. All ages (family-friendlt event). 1 and 5 p.m. The Metropolitan School of the Arts Nutcracker Ballet returns showcasing a world-class, international principle guest dancer, Brooklyn Mack, who performs the role of Cavalier. Tickets online. $$ Rachel M. Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, VA.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Preregistration online. This week enjoy Virginia Ballet Company & School: The Nutcracker. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Christmas Revels: An Elizabethan Celebration. Family-friendly performance, December 14 at 7:30 p.m., other performances on December 8 and 15, 2 and 7 p.m.; December 9, 2 p.m. and December 16, 1 and 5 p.m. Don't miss this Elizabethan celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama! This boisterous blend of art and folk features the glorious music and dance of Renaissance England, delightful children's songs and games, seasonal sing-alongs and a few lines of Shakespeare. Welcome Yule! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   9   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Ballet West: The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
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.
Celebrate the Sounds of the Season!. All ages (family-friendly events). Strathmore Children's Chorus, December 9, 4 p.m. and The Beach Boys Reason for the Season Christmas Tour, December 10, 8 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 p.m. This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Cirque du Soleil's CRYSTAL. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 and 4 p.m. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ 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! $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, MD.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. December 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. 3 p.m. A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes this a wonderful holiday musical for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 1 to 2:15 p.m. and 3 to 4:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Nutcracker Ballet. All ages (family-friendlt event). 1 and 5 p.m. The Metropolitan School of the Arts Nutcracker Ballet returns showcasing a world-class, international principle guest dancer, Brooklyn Mack, who performs the role of Cavalier. Tickets online. $$ Rachel M. Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, VA.
Once Upon A Christmas Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Run Rabbit Run Theatre presents their critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of Scrooge's redemption, full of joyful and poignant songs. Thirty-six actors portray over 140 characters to tell the story of the redemption of cold Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Christmas Revels: An Elizabethan Celebration. Family-friendly performance, December 14 at 7:30 p.m., other performances on December 8 and 15, 2 and 7 p.m.; December 9, 2 p.m. and December 16, 1 and 5 p.m. Don't miss this Elizabethan celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama! This boisterous blend of art and folk features the glorious music and dance of Renaissance England, delightful children's songs and games, seasonal sing-alongs and a few lines of Shakespeare. Welcome Yule! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   10   Monday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Celebrate the Sounds of the Season!. All ages (family-friendly events). Strathmore Children's Chorus, December 9, 4 p.m. and The Beach Boys Reason for the Season Christmas Tour, December 10, 8 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Christmas Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year's doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary's County's past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. The Museum Store will be brimming with unique holiday gifts so you can complete your list. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ 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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   11   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ 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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   12   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday Movie: Ezra Jack Keats' The Snow Day. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Join us for an exclusive screening of the animated film The Snowy Day, based on Ezra Jack Keats' 1962 classic story. The film follows young Peter's magical, snowy walk to his Nana's house to bring home their Christmas Eve dinner. One the way, he meets some new (and diverse) friends who come together to celebrate many traditions. A very special day indeed! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 7 to 9 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
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.
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. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   13   Thursday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday Movie: Ezra Jack Keats' The Snow Day. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Join us for an exclusive screening of the animated film The Snowy Day, based on Ezra Jack Keats' 1962 classic story. The film follows young Peter's magical, snowy walk to his Nana's house to bring home their Christmas Eve dinner. One the way, he meets some new (and diverse) friends who come together to celebrate many traditions. A very special day indeed! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
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.
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 Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   14   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, 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 Illuminations. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn & Me. Kids ages 5+. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. (sensory-friendly performance) and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Based on an award-winning children's book, this heartwarming production returns for the holidays with whimsical costumes and a talented cast, to include members of our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the WNO Children's Chorus. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday Movie: Ezra Jack Keats' The Snow Day. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Join us for an exclusive screening of the animated film The Snowy Day, based on Ezra Jack Keats' 1962 classic story. The film follows young Peter's magical, snowy walk to his Nana's house to bring home their Christmas Eve dinner. One the way, he meets some new (and diverse) friends who come together to celebrate many traditions. A very special day indeed! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
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.
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. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Christmas Revels: An Elizabethan Celebration. Family-friendly performance, December 14 at 7:30 p.m., other performances on December 15, 2 and 7 p.m.; December 16, 1 and 5 p.m. Don't miss this Elizabethan celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama! This boisterous blend of art and folk features the glorious music and dance of Renaissance England, delightful children's songs and games, seasonal sing-alongs and a few lines of Shakespeare. Welcome Yule! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   15   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, 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 Illuminations. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Christmas at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Just as the Washingtons celebrated the holiday with family and friends, visitors can start a new tradition of visiting Mount Vernon this holiday season. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Garden of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday - Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn & Me. Kids ages 5+. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. (sensory-friendly performance) and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Based on an award-winning children's book, this heartwarming production returns for the holidays with whimsical costumes and a talented cast, to include members of our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the WNO Children's Chorus. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday Time Warp. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. The National Chamber Ensemble's (NCE) holiday concert will bring classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family. The Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award string competition winner performs. The concert concludes with a carol Sing-Along to get everyone in the holiday spirit! A reception follows the performance. Tickets online. $$ Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington, VA.
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.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Joy of Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. Enjoy the warm spirit of the season in the majestic setting of the Washington National Cathedral. Enjoy jubilant, wondrous music, performed by chorus, organ and brass. Don't miss this favorite DC holiday tradition! Tickets online. $$ Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 2 to 3:15 p.m. and 4 to 5:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Nutcracker in a Nutshell. All ages (family-friendly events). Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents a 75-minute, abridged version of The Nutcracker Suite which is a holiday treat for the entire family! Tickets online. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Preregistration online. This week enjoy Virginia Rep on Tour: A Christmas Carol. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Christmas Revels: An Elizabethan Celebration. December 15, 2 and 7 p.m. and December 16, 1 and 5 p.m. Don't miss this Elizabethan celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama! This boisterous blend of art and folk features the glorious music and dance of Renaissance England, delightful children's songs and games, seasonal sing-alongs and a few lines of Shakespeare. Welcome Yule! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   16   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn & Me. Kids ages 5+. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. (sensory-friendly performance) and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Based on an award-winning children's book, this heartwarming production returns for the holidays with whimsical costumes and a talented cast, to include members of our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the WNO Children's Chorus. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ 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.
How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' beloved children's book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship and delightful surprises. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Joy of Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Enjoy the warm spirit of the season in the majestic setting of the Washington National Cathedral. Enjoy jubilant, wondrous music, performed by chorus, organ and brass. Don't miss this favorite DC holiday tradition! Tickets online. $$ Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
Kids Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops. Kids ages 4 to 12. 2 to 3:15 p.m. We provide all of the candy and decorations for you to transform your gingerbread house into a work of edible art set in a magical winter wonderland! Instruction and guidance provided by our professional decorating artists. Preregistration required and online. $$ Amphora Bakery, Herndon, VA.
Let the Skating Begin!. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Extended holiday hours now through January 4 and are posted online. Special event nights: Rock the Rink, Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Carton Skate, Saturdays, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. In stock over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men's size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. All ages (family-friendly event). Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA.
Nutcracker in a Nutshell. All ages (family-friendly events). Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents a 75-minute, abridged version of The Nutcracker Suite which is a holiday treat for the entire family! Tickets online. $$ Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, 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.
Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts. Kids ages 5+. 1 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. $$ Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods Park, Columbia, MD.
The Christmas Revels: An Elizabethan Celebration. December 15, 2 and 7 p.m. and December 16, 1 and 5 p.m. Don't miss this Elizabethan celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance and drama! This boisterous blend of art and folk features the glorious music and dance of Renaissance England, delightful children's songs and games, seasonal sing-alongs and a few lines of Shakespeare. Welcome Yule! Tickets online. $$ GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   17   Monday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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.
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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. Glad tidings we bring with our glorious candlelight processional, a selection of our favorite holiday carols, and seasonal classics performed by the Choral Arts Chorus and Youth Choir. From Sleigh Ride and White Christmas to the Hallelujah Chorus we'll combine traditional favorites and choral jewels of the season. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC.
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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   18   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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.
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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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 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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
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.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ Brookside Garden, Wheaton, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ 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.
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! $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Adventures with Mr. Bear. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Don't forget to bring your own favorite stuffed animal! Tickets online. $$ 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.
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 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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Santa's Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa and his helpers have arrived for the season! Visit his Winter Wonderland at Center Court. FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Seasons of Lights. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy our annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations' tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Tickets online and sell out quickly, order today! $$ 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. $$ Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   22   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
A Family Christmas!. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! Enjoy holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Also being held at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on December 24 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ 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 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.
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. $$ Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Six Flags America, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD.
Symphony of Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays that glow with 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Thursdays are Military Appreciation Nights, offering members of the military a discounted price. This includes active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
A Family Christmas. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! We'll take you on a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
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.
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.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Waterskiing Santa. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. Come to the longest-running Water Ski Christmas show! This unusual annual event features a waterskiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and even a sing-along to Christmas tunes. FREE Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, Alexandria, VA.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.; closed December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   25   Tuesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Holiday In the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 9 p.m. Our annual holiday celebration returns as we deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for our holiday extravaganza! Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Schedule and tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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DEC   26   Wednesday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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.
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.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   28   Friday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   29   Saturday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious buffet of morning favorites with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown's Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy's Maple Syrup, Pig Pen's Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy's Flap Jacks and Woodstock's Granola. Hang out with the Peanuts gang and introduce the whole family to Lucy and Charlie Brown as you start your day. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. 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   30   Sunday


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Kids ages 10+. Wednesday through Saturday 7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.; December 12, 3 p.m.; December 24 and 26, 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney.
Billy Elliot: The Musical. Kids ages 8+. Dates and times vary through January 6, 2019. All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The combination of a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance creates a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ 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.
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. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
The Nutcracker. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Tickets online. $$ 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   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. $$ Gaylord National Resort, The Christmas Village, National Harbor, MD.
Elf the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics! The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based re-creations of iconic train stations from across the U.S. will be represented in the train room, plus fantasy Dinosaur and North Pole stations. Schedule online for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Winter Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 4:30 p.m. What could be fancier than Christmas? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Tickets online. $$ 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.
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.