FRIDAY, Nov. 30
Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season and view spectacular Christmas trees highlighting the lives of the Washingtons and their home. Inside the Mansion, Martha Washington and other Mount Vernon residents will welcome you into their home and share stories of past Christmases. Continue the experience by visiting the Greenhouse and participating in 18th-century dancing, enjoy cookies while sipping warm cider by the fireplace and pay a visit to Aladdin the Christmas camel. $17-$25, 5 p.m., George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA.
The wonder and magic of a child’s imagination are brought to life in this charming holiday 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! Join in by bringing your favorite stuffed animal friend. $10, 10:30 a.m., The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Ln., Alexandria, VA.
SATURDAY, Dec. 1
Noon. Enjoy Alexandria’s rich Scottish heritage and see the Scottish Walk Parade march past Alexandria’s oldest stone building, Carlyle House. After the parade, enter the museum gates and step back in time for a free open house in the spirit of the holiday season. FREE, Noon, Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA.
Welcome the holidays with a traditional tree lighting ceremony, holiday music and a special visit from Santa at Gaithersburg’s Jingle Jubilee. This year marks the 92nd anniversary of the tree lighting ceremony. FREE, 6 p.m., City Hall Grounds, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD.
This annual musical celebration includes a free performance by the United States Marine Band and a sing-a-long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with local choir and vocal groups. Don’t forget to bring a candle and join the tradition of exiting the Filene Center with a candlelight processional during the last verse of “Silent Night.” FREE, 4 p.m., Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA.
Festivities at the lighting ceremony include musical performances, hot latkes, donuts and free dreidels and menorah kits. This year’s celebration will feature a special performance by the U.S. Army Band. FREE, 4 p.m., The White House Ellipse, Washington, D.C.
This event features local artists, crafters, and boutique businesses with a diverse selection of gift ideas such as jewelry, furniture, home goods, and treats. This is the perfect opportunity to find that special present for everyone on your list while enjoying a beer (or two)! FREE, 1 p.m., Old Ox Brewery, Ashburn, VA.
SUNDAY, Dec. 2
Star Wars Days is a one-of-a-kind place for Star Wars, sci-fi, pop culture, STEM, comics and anime. Enjoy great merchandise from vendors and artists, games, crafts, Jedi Training Academy for young Padawans, panels, discussions and workshops. Plus, there will be costume contests for cash and prizes. 10 a.m., $5-$20. Freedom High School, 15201 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge, VA.
Chanukah is coming and with it, eight nights of family fun! Join us for hands-on Chanukah activities including crafts, cooking, singing, candle lighting, latkes, a mitzvah (good deed) project and take-home goodies. 10:30 a.m., $10-$15, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C.