“Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan,” photographs by Stephen Dupont, who was embedded with a Marine platoon in 2009. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. 877-635-1775.
“Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War,” the exhibit, on loan from the George Eastman House, examines the role of photography in the Civil War. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 6, Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $5; seniors and children, $4; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.
“Currency in Conflict,” the exhibit, on loan from the American Numismatic Association Money Museum, examines the role of money in the Civil War. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Feb. 3, Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $5; seniors and children, $4; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.
“Symbolic,” this exhibit features bronze and silver jewelry by Sherry Chaples of Springfield, carved eggshells by Tina Kannapel of Fairfax and photography and digital painting by David and Jane Ernst of Springfield. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily, through Dec. 3, Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.
“Remembering Those Blue Mountains,” watercolors by Marcia Weidler. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 2, Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117.
Old Town Merchants open house and carriage rides, stores will have refreshments and entertainment. Santa will be on the walkway for photos. Free carriage rides will leave from the train depot. 1-4 p.m., Old Town Manassas, Center Street, Manassas. Free. 703-361-6599 or www.visitmanassas.org.
Woodbridge Community Choir, a holiday concert featuring traditional and contemporary carols. 3 p.m., Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-491-1820 or www.woodbridgecommunitychoir.org.
Chucho Valdes with the Chucho Valdes Quintet, the Cuban jazz pianist performs a blend of Cuban music with African roots and North American jazz. 7 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $30, $38, $46. 703-993-7759.
“In Retrospect,” works by Cedric Baker. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 13. Artist reception: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. 703-330-2787 or www.center-for-the-arts.org.
Lake Jackson Mid County Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hibachi Buffet and Sushi, 8121 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-791-5227.
“Zara Spook and Other Lures” auditions, two men and four women are needed for the comedy by Rooftop Productions in April. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Wednesday, Candy Factory, Kellar Theater, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. 703-330-2787 or www.center-for-the-arts.org.
Prince William Community Band, rehearsal, for musicians 19 and older, no auditions necessary. 7:30 p.m., Saunders Middle School, 13557 Spriggs Rd., Manassas. 703-791-4119 or www.pwcb.org.
“ARTiculate: Original Acrylics by Suzanne Jepson,” Suzanne Jepson’s landscape paintings. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30, Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117.
Prince William Purlers Knitting Guild, 7-9 p.m., Manassas Baptist Church, Java Rock Cafe, 8730 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-791-6175.
English Conversation Club, new speakers of English practice their skills. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.
Lake Ridge Toastmasters Club, an open house for Lake Ridge Club 8913. 7:30 p.m., Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr. $62 membership fee. 703-491-3020.
Toastmasters International, Manassas Community Club 6585. 7:30 p.m., Manassas Presbyterian Church, 8201 Ashton Ave. $41 membership fee. 703-304-6615.
Spanish chat, bring lunch and practice speaking Spanish. Noon-2 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-361-8211.
Jewelry sale, sponsored by the Prince William Healthcare Auxiliary to benefit patient care. 4-7 p.m. Thursday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Prince William Hospital, 8700 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-369-8173.
Celebration Singers, a holiday concert. Nonperishable food donations will be collected for the ACTS food pantry. 7:30 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 13495 Keystone Rd., Dale City. Free. 703-583-4422 or www.celebrationsingersva.org.
Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton, Celtic music. 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $34-$50. 703-993-7759.
“A 1940s Christmas,” music, light refreshments and holiday crafts for kids. Dress for the weather. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rippon Lodge, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. $7. 703-499-9812 or www.pwcgov.org.
“Family History Day: History of Santa Claus and the Gift Giver,” learn about the customs and traditions of Santa. Crafts, games and stories will be offered throughout the day. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rippon Lodge, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. $7. 703-499-9812 or www.pwcgov.org.
“Slave Holidays,” learn how slaves celebrated the holidays and how they resisted the institution that kept them enslaved. Tours run every 30 minutes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $10. 703-367-7872.
“Holiday Happenings,” and exhibit of watercolors, etchings, photography, digital painting, ribbon embroidery, fused glass, copper work, turned wood, pottery, egg shell carvings, jewelry, acrylic and oil paintings. Reception, Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Through Jan. 7. 1-5 p.m., Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-494-0584.
Dumfries holiday parade, the annual event features floats, music and Santa Claus, followed by an open house at Weems-Botts Museum. 1 p.m., Dumfries Town Hall, 17755 Main St. 703-221-3400, Ext. 115.
Bob Brown Puppets, “The Magic Toyshop.” 2 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.
Manassas writers group, writers provide comments on one another’s works. 2-4 p.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave. 703-792-4500.
Northern Virginia Youth Ballet, “The Nutcracker.” 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville. $22-$25, $17-$20 seniors and children. 703-368-2268 or www.balletnikitenko.com.
Peter McCory: One Man Band, 3 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free, registration required. 703-494-8126.
Woodbridge Flute Choir holiday concert, 3 p.m., Greenwich Presbyterian Church, 15305 Vint Hill Rd, Nokesville. Free, donations accepted for Farthest Corners. 540-347-5761.
Gainesville Ballet School, performs a children’s version of “The Nutcracker.” 5 p.m., Battlefield High School, 15000 Graduation Dr., Haymarket. $15-$20. 703-753-5005 or www.gainesvilleballetschool.org.
Lucasville Christmas tree lighting, musical performances, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted for Toys for Tots. 5 p.m., Lucasville School, 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas. 703-792-4620.
Manassas Chorale, 5 and 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $12-$18. 703-738-6452 or www.manassaschorale.org.
Caring Santa visit, children with autism or sensory processing disorders visit with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. 9-11 a.m., Potomac Mills, Neighborhood 1, 2700 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge. Free, photos sold. 703-490-5948.
Woman’s Club of Manassas Holiday House Tour, tour six decorated homes within the city limits. Proceeds benefit local charities. 1-5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West St., Manassas. $20. 703-368-6183.
Asaph Dance Ensemble, Handel’s “Messiah” and Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $20, $10 students and seniors. 703-993-7759.
— Compiled by Sarah Lane