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Posted on December 16, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in Uncategorized and tagged with , , , , , , ,

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25+ FREE DMV Holiday Events This Weekend: 
Saturday, December 16 & Sunday, December 17

Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

*** Washington, D.C. ***   

Saturday Morning at The National presents: Bright Star Theatre: Holiday Songs: Music Around the World
National Theatre
Saturday, December 16 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show. Audiences will travel from Africa to Mexico and everywhere in between, while hearing a range of songs from “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Auld Lang Syne” to “Away in a Manger,” “Sankta Lucia” and so much more. -Reserved Ticket sales have ended but a limited amount of walk-up tickets will be available today. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance time to take a place in the “Stand-by line.”  

Multicultural Holiday Celebration
DC Public Library – Woodridge Branch

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free
Read holiday stories in celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa and do plenty of fun hands-on crafts to accompany those stories!

Santa Arrives on 8th St SE
Barracks Row

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free
Santa Claus’ sleigh will be touching down on 8th St SE! He’ll be holding court at 530 8th St SE (Taoti Creative) from 1pm-5pm. He’s available for photo ops and will answer any questions your children have about the North Pole. To keep this event FREE, instead of Barracks Row taking photos and giving them to you, we allow parents and caregivers to use their own cameras and smartphones to capture the Holiday cheer. We ask that if you are able, you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to TOYS FOR TOTS.
Snacks and cocoa will be served throughout the day by Ted’s Bulletin. There will also be free face painting and songs performed by the Capitol Hill Chorale.

From Our Happy Home Holiday Craft Program
Saturday, December 16 – National Portrait Gallery [Education Center, E151, and Explore! children’s space] ∙ 1:00pm
Sunday, December 17 – National Building Museum ∙ 1:00pm

Step into the 19th century world of Louisa May Alcott in this craft program for the entire family. Construct paper house lanterns and handmade books as you explore some of the ways people have created feelings of comfort and warmth in the cold winter months. Join Little Women story time to hear how Alcott’s heroines the March sisters celebrated the holidays, bringing literature and music together to light their home. This is a free drop-in program.

A Wintery Family Crafternoon
DC Public Library – Southeast Branch

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ Free
Crafty families with children ages 9 and up are invited to join us to create special custom gifts or centerpieces for the winter holidays. We will have a variety of supplies and tools on hand to spark your imagination and inspire your art. Creative gift ideas may include personalized canvas gift bags, mini wreaths, aromatic sachets, mosaic tile coasters, decorative vases or votive candle holders.
Appropriate for adults & children ages 9 and up (Program lasts 1 hour, 30 mins)

The Earth Harp Performance by William Close
THE PLAZA AT CITYCENTER

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 4:00pm ∙ Free
William Close, renowned for affixing 1,000-foot strings to skyscrapers, mountain peaks and canyon walls, will fill CityCenterDC with the magical musical stylings of his Earth Harp. Join this surreal holiday musical performance. No tickets needed. Event is free and open to all. RSVP here.

3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar & Craft Market
Hands on Drums

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Sales, entertainment and food!
Plus: Ghana Send-Off Party – Hands On Drums Ghana trip crew leaves Jan 1 and ventures to Senya Beraku to see the Drumming Up From Poverty program in action, including performances by the DUFP youth drummers and dancers. We will also be seeing, for the first time, the nearly completed Artists Home we’ve been working on for the past 3 years, to serve as a home for our craftworkers whose workshops and homes are being displaced by development in Accra. The building is on the DUFP land on the Ghana coastline, and will serve as a learning center for Drumming Up From Poverty and a workshop for the Craftmakers who create the drums, instruments, clothing and accessories sold at Hands on Drums shop in DC.

Hanukkah Crafts for Kids
DC Public Library – Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Branch

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ Free
Create your own Dreidel decorations and get some ideas for other fun Hanukkah-themed crafts you can do at home. Children ages 2 and older will enjoy this simple holiday craft.

Community Sing: Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming
Folger Theatre

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 4:00pm ∙ Free
Folger Consort musicians lead audience members in learning holiday songs from the medieval to the baroque. Enjoy singing and visiting the Folger during this festive holiday time.
Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Largo High School Performing Arts Department
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free
Be our guest this holiday season and join the students of Largo High School Performing Arts Department’s presentation of Rejoice! Students will re-tell a Christmas classic with a modern interactive presentation through dance, narration, instrumental, and vocal music.

13th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown Washington, DC [Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW]

Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ Noon to 8 pm each day ∙ Free Admission
Consistently ranked among America’s best Holiday Markets, and anyone who’s visited will testify as to why. This event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.
Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.
Hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by 60 exhibitors each day. You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list.
While you’re shopping, enjoy lively seasonal entertainment, plus great snacks and festive treats

Visit The National Christmas Tree & Ornaments from Across the USA
Presidents Park

Thru Sunday, December 31 ∙ Free Admission
Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made by ordinary Americans, representing every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. These artists give their time and talents to design and create ornaments that symbolize the history, heritage and culture of their homelands. The America Celebrates display, which surrounds the National Christmas Tree, is free and open to visitors throughout the month.
NOTE: View the 2017 National Christmas Tree Music Program and visit by December 24th and see Santa’s Workshop too! #NCTL2017 #FindYourPark  USBG - Season's Greenings Roadside Attractions

Season’s Greenings: Roadside Attractions
United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 ∙ The Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free of charge
This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show Season’s Greenings showcases Roadside Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Our collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition–an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America’s natural and cultural treasures.
NOTE: On select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December, the Conservatory is open until 8 p.m. with live seasonal music. Please travel lightly, as the Conservatory is not equipped to store personal items. You must keep strollers and all personal items with you at all times. More information about visiting (directions, etc.)

zoolights-2016ZooLights
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) ∙ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM ∙ Free Admission*
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights 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!
New For 2017:
Glow Zone | Every night: A free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo’s Great Meadow.  Grump
GRUMP Holiday Market| Thru Dec. 17, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: A European-style outdoor market featuring local artisans, will be located at the Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance Dec. 15, 16 and 17. This alternative art and crafts holiday show features gifts for all ages, from handmade clothing, jewelry and books to home accessories, including prints, upcycled decorative pillows, glass art and more.
CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery | Every night: Visit Washington, D.C.’s first mobile art gallery! CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Arts initiative presents cutting-edge artwork by emerging local artists in a portable shipping container that is traveling across the city to activate unconventional venues and connect local communities to groundbreaking works. At the Zoo, artist Maggie Gourlay has created an immersive art experience, called Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene, located across from the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station on Olmsted Walk.
Though this is a free event, there is a fee for some of the activities.     

Light Yards

Third Annual Light Yards Holiday Celebration
The Yards
Thru Monday, January 1 ∙ 6:00pm ∙
Light Yards is free and open to the public, and cameras are welcome

Light Yards, a holiday celebration of light at The Yards, is returning for its third year, featuring a NEW interactive light installation on the waterfront. Four spherical globes, ranging in size from 8 to 22 feet in diameter, will be featured with shadow theater technology projecting awe-inspiring holiday visuals. Each sphere will feature different interactive elements, such as a selfie globe – that allows participants to become part of the art – and globes that react to projected light. #LightYards #TheYardsDC

Georgetown Glow Light Art Exhibition 20154th Edition – Georgetown GLOW
Thru Sunday, January 7 ∙ 5:00pm ∙ Free
Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. The 2017 light art exhibition will feature nine installations by local and international artists, with works lit from 5 – 10 pm nightly. Set against the historic backdrop of DC’s oldest neighborhood, it’s a whole new way to shine.
NOTE: BOOK HILL’S WINTER WONDERLAND is TODAY– Saturday, December 16, from 11 am – 4 pm. Holiday shopping, specials and festive bites at over 20 shops and cafés along Wisconsin Avenue from P Street to Reservoir Road. Enjoy a meet & greet with Santa (12–4 pm) + music & activities for the whole family in the TD Bank lot. Naughty or nice, kids can also drop off their letters to Santa at TD Bank. Click here for additional upcoming events.

*** Maryland *** 

Festival of Lights 2017 – Washington D.C. Temple
Thru December 2017 ∙ Free Admission, Ticket Required
In celebration of the 40th Annual Festival of Lights lasting throughout December. This month long event held on the Washington D.C. temple grounds has become a memorable Christmas tradition. The Festival features free nightly performances from musicians and artists, a magnificent international creche display, and over 650,000 Christmas lights to commerate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Nature Makerspace: “Wild Wings” Edition
Black Hill Nature Programs

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Are you creative? Do you want to build things with and inspired by nature? Then drop by the Visitor Center and have some creative fun! This season we’ll be inspired by our Staff Pick “Wild Wings.” We’ll have nature supplies and tools to help you design your own creations that will help bring the book to life. You can work as a family group or join together with others to construct something amazing. No registration required and no need to have read the book; drop in anytime during program hours, but be sure to come by early enough to have time to get creative.
Intended for ages 3&up

Family Workshop: Buttermold Ornament Making
Washington County Historical Society

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Make and take your own holiday keepsake! Learn more about what a buttermold is and how it would have been used, and make your own holiday ornament using salt dough and acrylic paint!
This event is free, but registration is recommended. You can sign up by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or using the form found here.
NOTE: Program repeats Saturday, December 23

Gingerbread House Holiday Hullabaloo
Art Works Now

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
Drop-in anytime between Noon and 3pm for our annual Gingerbread House Holiday Hullabaloo.
Our gingerbread house workshop is a FREE community event. Adults, children, and families are all welcome to make Gingerbread Houses. You may even see Santa Claus!
Artist & Craftsman will be providing a gingerbread-inspired art activity while you wait to make gingerbread houses and Pizzeria Paradiso will sell $1. All proceeds go to Art Works.
We’re also accepting toy donations (unwrapped please) for families at Thomas Stone Elementary!

Holiday Ornament-Making Workshop
Hosted by: Gateway Arts Center
Venue: Brentwood Arts Exchange

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
This FREE family-friendly, workshop provides the opportunity to create paper ornaments for the Holiday season. All materials are provided. If you have special paper you would like to use, feel free to bring it. No registration required.

Caroling in the Kentlands & Lakelands
Washington County Historical Society

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free
Get in the holiday spirit with a caroling sing-along in the beautifully decorated Kentlands & Lakelands neighborhoods, from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet at the Lakelands Clubhouse at 6 p.m. After caroling, come to the Arts Barn for hot drinks and yummy treats at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., enjoy a holiday concert by the Gaithersburg Chorus and the Kentlands Children’s Chorus. FREE Tickets are required to attend the concert

Winter Ice Show
Cabin John Ice Rink

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 6:30pm ∙ Free
See figure skaters perform in this annual exhibition. Performances by competitive skaters as well as group lesson skaters and the Theatre on Ice class.
NOTE: Admission is free, but we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Manna Food Center.

Chanukah Wonderland
Kentlands Square Shopping Center

Thru Sunday, December 17 ∙ Free Admission
Chanuk-ah Events for Kids and Adults
Saturday, 7-9pm: Havdalah Family Game Night ∙ Fresh Latkes ∙ Popcorn Bar
Sunday, 12:30 – 5pm: Chanukah Foam Mosaic ∙ Felt Art ∙ Beaded Dreidl ∙ Comedy Magic Show (2:00)

*** Virginia *** 

WREATHS across AMERICA
Arlington National Cemetery 

Saturday, December 16 ∙ Opening Ceremony at 8:15am / Wreath Distribution at 9:15AM ∙
No sign-up or registration required

Volunteer and help with the placement of Veterans’ Remembrance Wreaths.

2nd Annual Christmas Village
McLean Bible Church – Tysons Campus

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 3-7pm (NOTE: Sensory Friendly: 1-3 pm) ∙ Free Admission
Experience the story of Christmas from the moment you pull up to our campus at this walk-through attraction complete with family-friendly rides, live entertainment and so much more!

Alexandria’s Holiday Market 2017
Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the Carlyle District into a lively open-air Festival. While shopping for unique art and craft items for your loved ones, enjoy live entertainment, traditional food and sweets, hot wine, and hot cocoa.
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is the perfect place for children young and old. Visit the children’s corner for kid’s activities to learn more about European traditions and culture. Click here to find out more.
NOTE: Open Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru December 23 and weekdays leading to Christmas, vendors will sell sweets and drinks combined with unique art and craft vendors to create a unique shopping experience.

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JUMANJIADVANCE SCREENING PASSES – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…  Trailer and giveaway entry details here.     Home Again DVD

Watch Reese Witherspoon in HOME AGAIN
Own it on Digital and Blu-Ray!

HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies,” Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. HOME AGAIN is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.  Watch the #HomeAgainMovie 10 Minute Preview and giveaway entry details here.    

 

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FREE DMV Holiday Events This Weekend

Posted on December 16, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in Uncategorized and tagged with , , , , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions

25+ FREE DMV Holiday Events This Weekend: 
Saturday, December 16 & Sunday, December 17

Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

*** Washington, D.C. ***   

Saturday Morning at The National presents: Bright Star Theatre: Holiday Songs: Music Around the World
National Theatre
Saturday, December 16 ∙ Performances are at 9:30am and 11:00am. ∙ FREE Show!*
Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show. Audiences will travel from Africa to Mexico and everywhere in between, while hearing a range of songs from “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Auld Lang Syne” to “Away in a Manger,” “Sankta Lucia” and so much more. -Reserved Ticket sales have ended but a limited amount of walk-up tickets will be available today. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance time to take a place in the “Stand-by line.”  

Multicultural Holiday Celebration
DC Public Library – Woodridge Branch

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free
Read holiday stories in celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa and do plenty of fun hands-on crafts to accompany those stories!

Santa Arrives on 8th St SE
Barracks Row

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 1:00pm ∙ Free
Santa Claus’ sleigh will be touching down on 8th St SE! He’ll be holding court at 530 8th St SE (Taoti Creative) from 1pm-5pm. He’s available for photo ops and will answer any questions your children have about the North Pole. To keep this event FREE, instead of Barracks Row taking photos and giving them to you, we allow parents and caregivers to use their own cameras and smartphones to capture the Holiday cheer. We ask that if you are able, you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to TOYS FOR TOTS.
Snacks and cocoa will be served throughout the day by Ted’s Bulletin. There will also be free face painting and songs performed by the Capitol Hill Chorale.

From Our Happy Home Holiday Craft Program
Saturday, December 16 – National Portrait Gallery [Education Center, E151, and Explore! children’s space] ∙ 1:00pm
Sunday, December 17 – National Building Museum ∙ 1:00pm

Step into the 19th century world of Louisa May Alcott in this craft program for the entire family. Construct paper house lanterns and handmade books as you explore some of the ways people have created feelings of comfort and warmth in the cold winter months. Join Little Women story time to hear how Alcott’s heroines the March sisters celebrated the holidays, bringing literature and music together to light their home. This is a free drop-in program.

A Wintery Family Crafternoon
DC Public Library – Southeast Branch

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ Free
Crafty families with children ages 9 and up are invited to join us to create special custom gifts or centerpieces for the winter holidays. We will have a variety of supplies and tools on hand to spark your imagination and inspire your art. Creative gift ideas may include personalized canvas gift bags, mini wreaths, aromatic sachets, mosaic tile coasters, decorative vases or votive candle holders.
Appropriate for adults & children ages 9 and up (Program lasts 1 hour, 30 mins)

The Earth Harp Performance by William Close
THE PLAZA AT CITYCENTER

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 4:00pm ∙ Free
William Close, renowned for affixing 1,000-foot strings to skyscrapers, mountain peaks and canyon walls, will fill CityCenterDC with the magical musical stylings of his Earth Harp. Join this surreal holiday musical performance. No tickets needed. Event is free and open to all. RSVP here.

3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar & Craft Market
Hands on Drums

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Sales, entertainment and food!
Plus: Ghana Send-Off Party – Hands On Drums Ghana trip crew leaves Jan 1 and ventures to Senya Beraku to see the Drumming Up From Poverty program in action, including performances by the DUFP youth drummers and dancers. We will also be seeing, for the first time, the nearly completed Artists Home we’ve been working on for the past 3 years, to serve as a home for our craftworkers whose workshops and homes are being displaced by development in Accra. The building is on the DUFP land on the Ghana coastline, and will serve as a learning center for Drumming Up From Poverty and a workshop for the Craftmakers who create the drums, instruments, clothing and accessories sold at Hands on Drums shop in DC.

Hanukkah Crafts for Kids
DC Public Library – Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Branch

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ Free
Create your own Dreidel decorations and get some ideas for other fun Hanukkah-themed crafts you can do at home. Children ages 2 and older will enjoy this simple holiday craft.

Community Sing: Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming
Folger Theatre

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 4:00pm ∙ Free
Folger Consort musicians lead audience members in learning holiday songs from the medieval to the baroque. Enjoy singing and visiting the Folger during this festive holiday time.
Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Largo High School Performing Arts Department
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center

Sunday, December 17 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free
Be our guest this holiday season and join the students of Largo High School Performing Arts Department’s presentation of Rejoice! Students will re-tell a Christmas classic with a modern interactive presentation through dance, narration, instrumental, and vocal music.

13th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown Washington, DC [Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW]

Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ Noon to 8 pm each day ∙ Free Admission
Consistently ranked among America’s best Holiday Markets, and anyone who’s visited will testify as to why. This event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.
Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.
Hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by 60 exhibitors each day. You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list.
While you’re shopping, enjoy lively seasonal entertainment, plus great snacks and festive treats

Visit The National Christmas Tree & Ornaments from Across the USA
Presidents Park

Thru Sunday, December 31 ∙ Free Admission
Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made by ordinary Americans, representing every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. These artists give their time and talents to design and create ornaments that symbolize the history, heritage and culture of their homelands. The America Celebrates display, which surrounds the National Christmas Tree, is free and open to visitors throughout the month.
NOTE: View the 2017 National Christmas Tree Music Program and visit by December 24th and see Santa’s Workshop too! #NCTL2017 #FindYourPark  USBG - Season's Greenings Roadside Attractions

Season’s Greenings: Roadside Attractions
United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 ∙ The Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free of charge
This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show Season’s Greenings showcases Roadside Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Our collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition–an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America’s natural and cultural treasures.
NOTE: On select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December, the Conservatory is open until 8 p.m. with live seasonal music. Please travel lightly, as the Conservatory is not equipped to store personal items. You must keep strollers and all personal items with you at all times. More information about visiting (directions, etc.)

zoolights-2016ZooLights
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Thru Monday, January 1, 2018 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) ∙ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM ∙ Free Admission*
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights 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!
New For 2017:
Glow Zone | Every night: A free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo’s Great Meadow.  Grump
GRUMP Holiday Market| Thru Dec. 17, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: A European-style outdoor market featuring local artisans, will be located at the Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance Dec. 15, 16 and 17. This alternative art and crafts holiday show features gifts for all ages, from handmade clothing, jewelry and books to home accessories, including prints, upcycled decorative pillows, glass art and more.
CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery | Every night: Visit Washington, D.C.’s first mobile art gallery! CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Arts initiative presents cutting-edge artwork by emerging local artists in a portable shipping container that is traveling across the city to activate unconventional venues and connect local communities to groundbreaking works. At the Zoo, artist Maggie Gourlay has created an immersive art experience, called Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene, located across from the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station on Olmsted Walk.
Though this is a free event, there is a fee for some of the activities.     

Light Yards

Third Annual Light Yards Holiday Celebration
The Yards
Thru Monday, January 1 ∙ 6:00pm ∙
Light Yards is free and open to the public, and cameras are welcome

Light Yards, a holiday celebration of light at The Yards, is returning for its third year, featuring a NEW interactive light installation on the waterfront. Four spherical globes, ranging in size from 8 to 22 feet in diameter, will be featured with shadow theater technology projecting awe-inspiring holiday visuals. Each sphere will feature different interactive elements, such as a selfie globe – that allows participants to become part of the art – and globes that react to projected light. #LightYards #TheYardsDC

Georgetown Glow Light Art Exhibition 20154th Edition – Georgetown GLOW
Thru Sunday, January 7 ∙ 5:00pm ∙ Free
Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. The 2017 light art exhibition will feature nine installations by local and international artists, with works lit from 5 – 10 pm nightly. Set against the historic backdrop of DC’s oldest neighborhood, it’s a whole new way to shine.
NOTE: BOOK HILL’S WINTER WONDERLAND is TODAY– Saturday, December 16, from 11 am – 4 pm. Holiday shopping, specials and festive bites at over 20 shops and cafés along Wisconsin Avenue from P Street to Reservoir Road. Enjoy a meet & greet with Santa (12–4 pm) + music & activities for the whole family in the TD Bank lot. Naughty or nice, kids can also drop off their letters to Santa at TD Bank. Click here for additional upcoming events.

*** Maryland *** 

Festival of Lights 2017 – Washington D.C. Temple
Thru December 2017 ∙ Free Admission, Ticket Required
In celebration of the 40th Annual Festival of Lights lasting throughout December. This month long event held on the Washington D.C. temple grounds has become a memorable Christmas tradition. The Festival features free nightly performances from musicians and artists, a magnificent international creche display, and over 650,000 Christmas lights to commerate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Nature Makerspace: “Wild Wings” Edition
Black Hill Nature Programs

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Are you creative? Do you want to build things with and inspired by nature? Then drop by the Visitor Center and have some creative fun! This season we’ll be inspired by our Staff Pick “Wild Wings.” We’ll have nature supplies and tools to help you design your own creations that will help bring the book to life. You can work as a family group or join together with others to construct something amazing. No registration required and no need to have read the book; drop in anytime during program hours, but be sure to come by early enough to have time to get creative.
Intended for ages 3&up

Family Workshop: Buttermold Ornament Making
Washington County Historical Society

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free
Make and take your own holiday keepsake! Learn more about what a buttermold is and how it would have been used, and make your own holiday ornament using salt dough and acrylic paint!
This event is free, but registration is recommended. You can sign up by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or using the form found here.
NOTE: Program repeats Saturday, December 23

Gingerbread House Holiday Hullabaloo
Art Works Now

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
Drop-in anytime between Noon and 3pm for our annual Gingerbread House Holiday Hullabaloo.
Our gingerbread house workshop is a FREE community event. Adults, children, and families are all welcome to make Gingerbread Houses. You may even see Santa Claus!
Artist & Craftsman will be providing a gingerbread-inspired art activity while you wait to make gingerbread houses and Pizzeria Paradiso will sell $1. All proceeds go to Art Works.
We’re also accepting toy donations (unwrapped please) for families at Thomas Stone Elementary!

Holiday Ornament-Making Workshop
Hosted by: Gateway Arts Center
Venue: Brentwood Arts Exchange

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free
This FREE family-friendly, workshop provides the opportunity to create paper ornaments for the Holiday season. All materials are provided. If you have special paper you would like to use, feel free to bring it. No registration required.

Caroling in the Kentlands & Lakelands
Washington County Historical Society

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 6:00pm ∙ Free
Get in the holiday spirit with a caroling sing-along in the beautifully decorated Kentlands & Lakelands neighborhoods, from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet at the Lakelands Clubhouse at 6 p.m. After caroling, come to the Arts Barn for hot drinks and yummy treats at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., enjoy a holiday concert by the Gaithersburg Chorus and the Kentlands Children’s Chorus. FREE Tickets are required to attend the concert

Winter Ice Show
Cabin John Ice Rink

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 6:30pm ∙ Free
See figure skaters perform in this annual exhibition. Performances by competitive skaters as well as group lesson skaters and the Theatre on Ice class.
NOTE: Admission is free, but we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Manna Food Center.

Chanukah Wonderland
Kentlands Square Shopping Center

Thru Sunday, December 17 ∙ Free Admission
Chanuk-ah Events for Kids and Adults
Saturday, 7-9pm: Havdalah Family Game Night ∙ Fresh Latkes ∙ Popcorn Bar
Sunday, 12:30 – 5pm: Chanukah Foam Mosaic ∙ Felt Art ∙ Beaded Dreidl ∙ Comedy Magic Show (2:00)

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WREATHS across AMERICA
Arlington National Cemetery 

Saturday, December 16 ∙ Opening Ceremony at 8:15am / Wreath Distribution at 9:15AM ∙
No sign-up or registration required

Volunteer and help with the placement of Veterans’ Remembrance Wreaths.

2nd Annual Christmas Village
McLean Bible Church – Tysons Campus

Saturday, December 16 ∙ 3-7pm (NOTE: Sensory Friendly: 1-3 pm) ∙ Free Admission
Experience the story of Christmas from the moment you pull up to our campus at this walk-through attraction complete with family-friendly rides, live entertainment and so much more!

Alexandria’s Holiday Market 2017
Thru Saturday, December 23 ∙ 11:00am ∙ Free Admission
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the Carlyle District into a lively open-air Festival. While shopping for unique art and craft items for your loved ones, enjoy live entertainment, traditional food and sweets, hot wine, and hot cocoa.
Alexandria’s Holiday Market is the perfect place for children young and old. Visit the children’s corner for kid’s activities to learn more about European traditions and culture. Click here to find out more.
NOTE: Open Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru December 23 and weekdays leading to Christmas, vendors will sell sweets and drinks combined with unique art and craft vendors to create a unique shopping experience.

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