Fair Oaks Mall Enchanted Ice Palace, A winter wonderland of falling snow, interactive elements, footage of arctic animals and landscapes along with stories and fun facts plus a visit with Santa. First-ever ASL Signing Santa day is Dec. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. Children who are deaf and/or hard-of-hearing are invited to walk through the Ice Palace, watch signed dance performances by Hulala and visit with a signing Santa and Mrs. Claus. Through Dec. 24. Fair Oaks Shopping Center, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax. Free. 703-359-8300.
“Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film about a 12-year-old orphan boy who lives in the walls of a busy 1930s Paris, France train station and is wrapped up in a mystery that involves his dead father and an automaton, starring Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley. 11:15 a.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.
Lights On the Bay, A two-mile drive-through holiday light show with more than 70 displays. Proceeds benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center. 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy., Route 50, Exit 32, Annapolis. $14 per car, $50 per bus. 443-481-3161 or www.aahs.org.
Bull Run Festival of Lights and Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, A 2 .5 mile drive-through display and a holiday village with carnival midway games and rides. Holiday village is open Fridays-Sundays in Dec. from 5:30 to 10. Carnival fees: $1.50 single ticket, $20 ride-all-you-want wristband. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. $15-$55. 703-359-4633 or www.nvrpa.org/parks/brfestoflights/.
Friday, November 23
Gingerbread House Contest and Show, View the creativity and talent of local bakers with an opportunity to vote for favorite adult and child entries in the Viewer’s Choice Award competition. Noon-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Dec. 9, Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $1, age 4 and younger free. 301-952-8010 or www.pgparks.com/places/eleganthistoric/darnalls_visitor.html.
“Christmas on the Square,” The annual tree lighting ceremony features music, carriage rides, crafts, model train displays and children’s crafts. 5-9 p.m., Leonardtown Town Square, Washington and Fenwick streets, Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-9791 or leonardtown.somd.com.
National Harbor Tree Lighting and Fireworks, The Chesapeake Orchestra performs. The grand finale includes a fireworks show over the Potomac River at 8. 5-9 p.m. Fridays, through Dec. 21, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza. Free. 877-628-5427.
City of Alexandria Tree Lighting, A visit from Santa, a performance of “Santa’s Frosty Follies” by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center plus caroling and a community singalong. 7 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5592 or www.alexandriava.gov.
“Pullman Porter Blues,” Set in 1937 and with a soundtrack of new and traditional blues songs, this world premiere follows three generations of porters as they struggle to survive. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.
“Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass,” Jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson and R&B vocalist Miles Jaye perform a special tribute to the late soul singer. Attendees can receive discounted tickets to after party. 8 p.m., Knights of Columbus Boswell Hall, Cardinal room, 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie. $45, discounted after party tickets $15. Onyx Linthicum at 202-439-4942 or www.saxcatproductions.com.Saturday, Nov. 24
B.B. King, 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $150. 202-803-2899.
R. Kelly, Tamia, 8 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $75-$100. 202-628-4780.Sunday, Nov. 25
S’more Lights, Visit Toyland in an open-air trolley. Once there, take a walk among the toys and then toast your marshmallow, add chocolate and graham crackers and enjoy a s’more. Last trolley leaves at 8 p.m. 5-9 p.m., Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. $8-$10, age 4 and younger free. 301-258-6350, Ext. 120 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov/winterlights.Monday, Nov. 26
“Writing and celebrating in the African American Tradition,” A family-friendly community discussion about Christmas and holiday traditions in communities of the African Diaspora. 7:30 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.Tuesday, Nov. 27
Black literature discussion, A librarian leads a talk about Toni Morrison’s novel “Home,” about an angry Korean War vet who has to find courage and reexamine himself in order to find his way “home.” 6:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.Wednesday, Nov. 28
Maxi Priest, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $27 in advance, $30 at the door. 202-803-2899.
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