The Weekend Round-Up:
December 21-23

Stop to see the Capitol Christmas Tree

Happy Weekend!

Holiday Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

You’ve got your pick of holiday entertainment on local stages. Have some fun at Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas at Adventure Theatre or Elf the Musical at Olney Theatre. Several productions of The Nutcracker will enchant audiences of all ages. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Scrooge on A Christmas Carol journey at Ford’s Theatre. Enjoy Madeleine’s Christmas with Creative Cauldron. Get details on these shows and others in the 2018 Guide to the Holiday Season.

Holiday Happenings
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

There’s all kinds of holiday fun to be had, and at every price point. View holiday planes and trains at the Aviation Museum. Take a street car ride with Santa at the Holly Trolley Fest. Visit Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Enjoy Christmas at Mount Vernon with fireworks and more festivities. Ride the Magical Holiday Express at the B&O Railroad Museum. Enjoy an atrium full of activities for little ones at Christmas on the Potomac. Find details on all of these events and many more in the 2018 Holiday Guide.

Juggle Jam
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 6pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Get ready to throw mad tricks and boogie down at Juggle Jam. The workshop begins with a short demo, moves into hands-on instruction, then finishes with a collaborative show that puts students in the center ring! All ages and skill levels are welcome, and equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.

Fun on Ice
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Celebrate the winter solstice weekend with a quintessential seasonal activity — ice skating! Head outside if weather permits: Glide above the Potomac at The Wharf; enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; skim over the meandering paths at Canal Park; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; or do some shopping along with your skating at Pentagon Row, Tyson’s Corner, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. If it’s raining, take it indoors at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in DC, Cabin John or Herbert Wells Ice Rinks in Maryland, or MedStar Ice Arena in Ballston. This post has details on all these ice skating options in the area.

Family Afternoon: Newspaper Forts
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Families can drop in for an afternoon of building fun. Twist, wrap, and tape to transform newspaper into a strong building material. Then challenge yourselves to use your engineered material to construct a sturdy fort big enough for your entire clan!

Portrait Story Days & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about artist Andy Warhol and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program and the museum, see this post and this one.

Show Time
Where: Venues around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Enjoy Adventures with Mr. Bear at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
* Be dazzled by Cirque Dreams Holidaze at MGM National Harbor
* My Father’s Dragon is the newest production at Synetic Theatre
* See a fairytale come to life with Cinderella at Imagination Stage
* Enjoy a performance of Billy Elliot: The Musical at Signature Theatre
* It’s the final weekend for Anything Goes at Arena Stage
* Tween ages up can enjoy Miss Saigon at the Kennedy Center
* Be sure to check for ticket discounts to these and more productions!

Maker Morning: Illuminate
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

During the darkest month of the year, brighten up your weekends at the Hirshhorn! Every Saturday in December, makers of all ages are welcome to to explore the exhibition Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse through hands-on activities. Create and take home an illustration of your family’s heartbeat using biometric technology. Play with light and shadows. Make a paper luminary to take home or give as a gift. Explore a library of art-themed books. Read more about the exhibit in this KFDC post.

New Nature
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $8/child

The newest exhibit at ARTECHOUSE invites you to experience nature in a whole new way — through a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life. It’s full of stunning imagery and fun interactives that all ages will find delightful. Even if you don’t plan to go this weekend, plan a visit for later, and snag tickets now. And FYI: If you go Sunday through Thursday you can get a family package — 20% off an adult and child ticket.

Christmas Caroling
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy the sounds of the season—featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, and join in singing holiday songs to spread the Christmas spirit all along the waterfront, including performances at Pearl Street Stage and Floating stage. While you’re there, buy s’mores at the fire pit and visit the lighted Christmas Tree. Plus, Santa Claus himself will take time out of his busy schedule to join in the fun. Bring your camera to snap photos with Santa as you count down to Christmas.

Story Time
Where: Kramerbooks | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: $30/child

Take a break from your day and stop by Story Time at Kramers! Staff will feature a children’s book and host various fun activities for your little ones. They’ll watch your kids while you grab a coffee (or, if you have a cranky two-year-old, a mimosa) from the café. All ages welcome! (And FYI, this occurs every Sunday and Wednesday.)

Drop-in Art Making
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

This drop-in workshop is a great way to try your hand at art making in an informal, relaxed environment. Visit the Education Studio located on the museum’s concourse level to experiment with different art materials and techniques. All ages and abilities are welcome!

The Washington Chorus Family Christmas
Where: GMU Center for Performing Arts | Fairfax, VA
When: Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: $66/adult, $20/12 & under

Bring the entire family for a fun, festive afternoon! This 70-minute performance features everyone’s favorite carols, joyful sing-alongs, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Get 20% off tickets using the code TWC20!

See the Lights
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Evenings
Admission: Varies by locale

Twinkling lights forming enchanting displays are easily a holiday season favorite. Visit one of several parks (or the National Zoo, Mormon Temple, or Georgetown) in the area that has transformed into a sparkling wonderland. Some you can walk through for an up-close experience, others you tour by car. Either way, expect to be dazzled.

* Trying to plan your Winter Break in DC? This just posted KFDC Guide has you covered.
* If you’re looking for last minute holiday gifts, the KFDC Gift Guide has lots of suggestions for experiences around the area that you can buy with just a few clicks as well as some gift ideas that are totally free!
* Honey is great app if you do a lot of online shopping — it automatically finds and applies coupons to your purchases. (Disclosure: That’s my referral link.)
* The movie version of a book that I (and many, many others) adored is coming out soon! (If you haven’t read the book, you can’t get it here.)
* This will make you chuckle, I promise.

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