Now through January 1, 2018 ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. ICE!-our signature holiday attraction-is back with a new theme in 2017! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.

Now through January 7, 2018 Imaginary World of The Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Make this your family's new holiday tradition. The whimsical adaptation of the beloved wintry tale features visual and interactive elements. Tickets online. $$ Artecchouse, Washington, DC.

December 14 to 23 Hansel & Gretel. All ages (family-friendly). Dates and times vary. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens. Tickets online. $$ Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA.

December 15 Sherwood Family Movie Night - Beauty and the Beast. All ages. 7 p.m. Looking for something FREE and fun for your family to do on a Friday night?!? How about a movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Bring canned food to be donated to Britepaths. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.

December 16 A Family Christmas. Kids ages 5+. 1 p.m. Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as Maestro Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chorus lead you on a whirlwind tour of favorite sing-alongs and Christmas classics that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC.

December 16 A Circus Carol. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 6 p.m. The holiday circus atmosphere comes to life in A Circus Carol, as incredible aerial performances dazzle and bring our characters together to rise above (sometimes, literally!) the holiday madness. Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.

December 16 A Mini-Summer Night's Dream. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Mini-Summer transports audiences of all ages to the court of Athens and the world of Puck's magical forest. Watch the lovers chase each other through the woods and the rude mechanicals perform a hilariously silly play. After the performance, audiences will get dramatic themselves through group activities and a discussion with the cast. FREE Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC.

December 16 The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Kids ages 10+. 2 and 8 p.m. A family-friendly Hanukkah alternative to the Christmas Carols and the Nutcracker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a warm, funny play that tweens and teens can enjoy along with the adults in the crowd! Tickets online. $$ Theater J, Washington, DC.

December 17 to 23 Holiday Trains & Planes. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Dec. 23 when trains conclude at 4 p.m. Miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, holiday-themed and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, Colleg Park, MD.

December 17 Children's Christmas Pageant. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oh, come let us adore him! Join us for this beloved family-friendly event, as Cathedral clergy, a profusion of angels, shepherds, Bethlehem townspeople and a menagerie of animals present a delightful retelling of the Nativity. All children are invited to participate. FREE National Cathedral, Washington, DC.

December 22 to 31 Mr. Popper's Penguins. Kids ages 3+. Dates and times vary. Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Sensory-friendly performance December 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.