“A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens’s tale of Scrooge and the Christmas spirit is given a traditional retelling. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m., through Dec. 22 (3 p.m. only). Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496. www.thelittletheatre.com. $15.
McLean Project for the Arts exhibits Three exhibits open Thursday. In the Emerson Gallery, “Connecting the Parts” features a series of seven triptychs by Carol Lukitsch. “Dialogue in Black and White” in the Atrium Gallery features wall sculptures in mixed media by Allan Rosenbaum. The McLean Art Society’s juried exhibition of members’ work is featured in the Ramp Gallery. Reception Thursday 7-9 p.m. Through Jan. 4. McLean Project for the Arts, Emerson Gallery, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-1953. www.mpaart.org. Free.
“The Nutcracker” BalletNova’s performance of this classic ballet is choreographed by Nancie Woods and Caroline Frankil Warren. Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-778-3008. www.balletnova.org. $12-$32.
“Yes, It’s Colored Pencil” This juried show features works by members of the Washington area chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Reception Friday 5-8 p.m. Through Jan. 3. Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 571-483-0652. www.novaartcenter.org. Free.
“Hansel and Gretel” The Loudoun Lyric Opera presents the fairy tale set to music by Englebert Humperdink. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. www.loudounlyricopera.com. $22, seniors $17, age 18 and younger $12.
“Christmas Cabin of Carnaween” Creative Cauldron performs the traditional Irish folk tale. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Dec. 22. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. 571-239-5288. www.creativecauldron.org. $18, seniors and students $15.
“Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn” Named after a goddess in Celtic mythology, the Irish group Danú will perform traditional Celtic Christmas music and more. 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $34-$50.
“A Commedia Prelude” and “Amahl & the Night Visitors” Menotti’s operetta is preceded by a performance from George Mason University students in the Advanced Movement for Actors class. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $20, seniors and students $15, children in kindergarten through eighth grade $5.
“The Magic Flute” The Virginia Opera performs Mozart’s final opera. Sung in English with English supertitles. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu. $44-$98.
Christmas in Middleburg The Middleburg Hunt Review features a parade of about 100 horses with riders in red coats and dozens of hounds at 11 a.m. A traditional Christmas parade of floats, troops and musical groups begins at 2 p.m. Seasonal activities including hayrides and choral performances take place throughout the day. A craft fair will be held at the Middleburg Community Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Washington Street, Middleburg. 540-687-8888. www.christmasinmiddleburg.org. Free.
Scottish Christmas Walk Parade The 43rd annual event features Scottish clans, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, pipe and drum bands, Scottie dogs, dignitaries and Santa Claus marching through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. 11 a.m. The parade begins at Wilkes and South St. Asaph streets and ends at Market Square with a band concert. 703-746-3301. www.visitalexandriava.com/calendar-of-events. Free.
“Altered Realities” Meet artist Sherry Bruce Smith at a reception for her exhibit of colored pencil drawings. 1-4 p.m. Through Dec. 29. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. www.loftgallery.org. Free.
14th annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Alexandria’s fireboat Vigilant and Washington’s fireboat John Glenn will lead a parade of brightly lighted boats on the Potomac River at Alexandria’s harbor. Santa will arrive by fireboat. 5:30 p.m. Waterfront Park, Strand and Prince streets, the marina behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria. 703-746-3301. www.visitalexandriava.com/calendar-of-events. Free.
“Lights, Camera, Christmas” The Herndon Towne Square Singers perform holiday music from TV and movies. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. www.artspaceherndon.org. $12.
“Baroque Concertos” The Eclipse Chamber Orchestra performs works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. 3 p.m. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 703-635-2770. www.eclipseco.org. Pay what you can.
“Clara’s Christmas” The Asaph Dance Ensemble presents a holiday ballet based on “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by Robert and Robin Conrad Sturm. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $20, seniors and children $10.
Welcome, Yule! The New Dominion Chorale performs Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and “Welcome Lord! Advent Cantata” by Thomas Beveridge. 4 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-442-9404. www.newdominion.org. $30, seniors $25, students $5.
National Chamber Ensemble The ensemble performs holiday music, classical masterpieces and a carol singalong. 4:30 p.m. Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. $30, students $15.
Natalie MacMaster This award-winning Celtic fiddler performs her “Christmas in Cape Breton” concert featuring carols and traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $39.50.
Bachelor Boys This party band plays a variety of music including funk, rock, jazz, soul and swing. 8 p.m. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340. www.iotaclubandcafe.com. Free.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. “Christmas Made for Two” is the latest album released by this 2011 “America’s Got Talent” winner. 8 p.m. Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. 703-777-1665. www.tallyholeesburg.com. $25.
The Wooten Brothers This musical family consists of Victor on bass, keyboardist Joseph, percussionist Roy (Futureman) and guitarist Regi. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.
“Hymns of Christmas” Singer-songwriters Jennifer Knapp and Margaret Becker put their own spin on familiar hymns and carols. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $18.
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3The Virginia Opera performs Mozart’s final opera, with Heather Buck, above, as the queen of the night. Sung in English with English supertitles. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu. $44-$98.