“The Twelve Dates of Christmas” A newly single 30-something woman struggles with returning to the dating game as the holidays approach. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at noon and 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m., Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon. 703-481-5930. www.nextstoptheatre.org. $25-$27.
Del Ray Artisans’ Weekend Holiday Arts & Crafts Market Buy handmade items by local artists including ceramics, photography, jewelry, cloth, paper crafts and glass. Reception Friday 6-9 p.m. Market runs Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827. www.thedelrayartisans.org. Free.
Candlelight tours Take a self-guided tour of the mansion decorated for the holidays and the tropical greenhouse. Guides will be available to answer questions, and there will be musical performances. Cookies and cider served. Friday-Sunday 5-7 p.m. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. www.oatlands.org. $12, seniors $10, age 6-16 $8, age 5 and younger free.
Manassas Ballet Theatre The company performs “The Nutcracker” with Tchaikovsky’s score played by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday at 3 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $35-$55.
“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” This one-man show tells Charles Dickens’s story through the eyes of Scrooge’s business partner, Jacob Marley. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Dec. 27 at 8 p.m., Dec. 28 at noon and 8 p.m. Closing Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon. 703-481-5930.
“Solstice: Light and Dark” The Vienna Choral Society is partnering with the Women’s Center of Vienna for this concert for a cause. The music focuses on moving from darkness to light as the winter solstice passes. 4:30 p.m. Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna. 703-255-5508. www.viennachoralsociety.org. $25, seniors and age 15-18 $20, age 14 and younger free.
Winter Soulstice The 17th annual benefit concert and toy drive for Children’s National Medical Center features the Right On Band, a 10-piece band with a full horn section playing a ’70s tribute show. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $10 or bring an unwrapped toy and get in for free.
Debi Smith Celebrate the release of her newest CD, “Hits and Holidays,” featuring audience favorites. The Smith Sisters will make a special appearance. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $25.
“Off the Wall” The 10th annual Prince William County student exhibition is sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 1-5 p.m. Through Jan. 29. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. 703-330-2787. www.center-for-the-arts.org. Free.
Good for the Jews New York’s Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin return to Vienna for another Christmas Eve performance of music and comedy. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $20.
J Fest Bring the family for a day of activities, including arts and crafts, music, games, a moon bounce and other inflatables, face painting and a community service project. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-323-0880. www.jccnvarts.org. $20.
Hava Nagilah (The Movie!) Watch a screening of this documentary of the history and meaning of this standard Jewish party song. Following the film, try some Israeli dancing with Markid Mike. 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-323-0880. www.jccnvarts.org. $9.
— Compiled by Jean Mack from staff reports