November 15, 16, 19 and 20 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.

November 16 "Enchanted Evenings" Usher in the Winter Light. All ages (family-friendly event). The Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with spectacular evenings. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition with S'more Lights on November 16, 6 to 10 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.

November 16 through January 6 Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. 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.

November 16 through 18 and November 30 through December 9 Jingle ARRGH the Way!. Kids ages 4+. Dates and times vary. 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.

November 17 Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The streets are being overrun with turkeys, dinosaurs, penguins and reindeer! No, the zoo hasn't opened their gates - it is the Annual Thanksgiving Parade! With marching bands, Bolivian dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons and Santa, it's the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area. It also is televised live on News Channel 8 and rerun on Thanksgiving Day. FREE Downtown Silver Spring, , MD.

November 17 Janney 5K & Fun Run Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. 5k and 10 a.m. Fun Run-1 mile. Registration is now open for the Janney 5K & Fun Run Thanksgiving Turkey Trot! Benefitting Janney Elementary School's PTA. The USATF-certified course, which winds through the neighborhood streets of American University Park, will give you a great workout before turkey day (and less guilt about that extra piece of pie)! $$ Janney Elementary School, Washington, DC.

November 17 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.

November 18 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.

November 18 and 19 The Wizard of Oz. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday, 3 and 6 p.m., Monday, 10 a.m. The Wizard of Oz has captured hearts for decades. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she travels through a re-imagined Oz in this one hour theatrical adaptation. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.

November 21 through December 16 How to Catch a Star. Kids ages 3+. Dates and times vary. Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's 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.