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December 23, 2012

MONDAY

Water-skiing Santa

This quirky Christmas Eve tradition brings Santa to the waters of National Harbor, reindeer in tow. There also are other visitors this year, including a jet-skiing Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and Christmas elves.

1 p.m. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, Fort Washington. 877-628-5427. www.waterskiingsanta.com.

TUESDAY

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ singalong

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, consider watching this screening of the 1971 Academy Award-winning film “Fiddler on the Roof.” Join in belting out such classic tunes as “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker.”

3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-537-3000. www.jccnv.org.

WEDNESDAY

The Peace Ringers

There’s still time to get your Christmas music fix. This 15-member ensemble plays traditional holiday fare on hand bells. The Virginia-based group performs at Millennium Stage.

6 p.m. The Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.

THURSDAY

‘Grandma’s Kwanzaa’

Black Women Playwrights’ Group member Debra Mims leads a program celebrating the African American family, community and culture, with stories that correspond to the seven days of Kwanzaa.

11 a.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. www.anacostia.si.edu.

FRIDAY

The Visual Language of Herbert Matter

Herbert Matter may not be a household name, but this unsung creative genius contributed significantly to 20th-century graphic design and typography. Learn about the Swiss American artist’s life and work in this 2011 documentary.

12:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4125. www.nga.gov.

SATURDAY

The Crawstickers

Frontman Scott Ramminger has performed with local blues bands at venues all over town. He appears with his own group, the Crawstickers, at Hill Country to showcase his New Orleans-influenced sound.

9:30 p.m. Hill Country, 410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com.

SUNDAY

Original Emancipation Proclamation

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the original document signed by Abraham Lincoln is displayed through Jan. 1, including extended hours on New Year’s Eve, and featuring choirs and other programming over three days.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until midnight Dec. 31). The National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov.

— Jess Righthand

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