“The Nutcracker” Puppets are used to tell the holiday tale. Recommended for kindergarteners and older. Opens Friday with shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $10.
Garden of Lights Nearly 1 million lights make up this secular display throughout the gardens. Visitors must arrive by car, but this is a half-mile walk-through affair. Indoors, view model trains and poinsettias and take in a concert (6:30-8 p.m.). Opens Friday 5:30-10 p.m., continues Saturday 5:30-10 p.m., Sunday-Wednesday 5:30-9 p.m. Through Jan. 6. Last entry Friday and Saturday is at 9:30 p.m., Sunday-Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Brookside Nature Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1457. www.brooksidegardens.org. $20-$25 per vehicle (cash only).
Winter Lights Festival Seneca Creek State Park becomes a twinkling wonderland with 360 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays along a 3.5-mile drive. Opens Friday 6-10 p.m., continues Saturday 6-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. 301-924-2127. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/winterlights. $12-15 per vehicle.
“Khotso! Pula! Nala! Recent Works From Mashai, Lesotho” Local artist Tamara Weiss shares a collection of paintings inspired by her time in Mashai, a village in Lesotho. Opens Friday with a reception 6:30-8 p.m. Exhibit continues through Sunday. Glen Echo Park, Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-371-5593. www.yellowbarnstudio.com. Free.
“Dark Side of the Moon” Classic Albums Live, which brought us “Abbey Road” last year, undertakes Pink Floyd’s album from start to finish in exactly the order on the CD. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $28-$38.
Comedy & Magic Society performances Magicians Mark Phillips, Bob Sheets, Barry Wood and Brian Curry hold a “society meeting” featuring a collection of zany characters. Suggested for age 10 and older. 8 p.m. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. $15, Gaithersburg residents $12.
“Nutcracker Fantasy” The classic holiday tale is condensed into a half-hour puppet show presented as part of the Tiny Tots at 10 series. Opens Saturday at 10 a.m., continues Sunday at 10 a.m. Through Dec. 30. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $5.
“Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs” The Sydney Theatre Company’s team of tap dancers performs synchronized steps and stunts in a construction site setting with live music. 4 and 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25-$52.
Delta Spirit This rock band formed in San Diego in 2005. With Jeff the Brotherhood. 9:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $22.50.
Artsy Holiday Boutique opening reception A boutique of wearable and functional art opens with craft demonstrations with artist Patricia Fein-Cate and refreshments. 2 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3770. www.jccgw.org. Free.
Hot Society Sunday afternoon dance The Hot Society Orchestra of Washington plays music and dances from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. No partners or experience necessary; the dance begins with a free lesson. 3-6 p.m. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. www.glenechopark.org. $14.
S’more Lights Take an open-air trolley to Toyland for a walk and marshmallow roasting. 5-9 p.m. Last trolley leaves at 8 p.m. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-924-2127. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/winterlights. $8-$10, ages 4 and younger free.
Frederikse and MacDonald Two exhibitions close Sunday at Washington Printmakers Gallery: Yolanda Frederikse shares idyllic “before” scenes and images of storm destruction in “Before and After the Derecho,” and Carol MacDonald’s prints are inspired by nature and knitting in “Line/Structure/Pattern.” Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660. www.washingtonprintmakers.com. Free.
“Metalwork” The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths displays more than 110 pieces made by its members. Closes Sunday. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartscenter.org. Free.
Continental Congress Festival A national traveling exhibit of more than 100 items of historical archival material from 1774 to 1789 includes the 1784 Treaty of Paris Proclamation, which gave the United States its independence. Signed in Annapolis, the document returns for the first time during this three-day event, which features lectures, author signings, walking tours of the State House, short films, trivia, music, food samples and colonial costumes. Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Governor Calvert House, 58 State Cir., Annapolis. 202-436-5909. www.annapolisccs.org. Free.
Lea Morris The folk musician celebrates the release of her latest album, “Promise.” 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. 301-275-7459. www.focusmusic.org. $18, $15 in advance.
Sum 41 The Canadian rock band performs. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $20.
Glenview Mansion art An exhibit of acrylic and mixed media by Laurie Breen, oil paintings by Marian MacKerer, assemblages by Renee Lachman and terra cotta plaster sculptures by Jane Altshuler closes Tuesday. Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8682. www.rockvillemd.gov. Free.
“Young Robin Hood” Round House Theatre presents the world premiere of Jon Klein’s new version of “Robin Hood,” in which a teenage Robin gets help fighting the unfair Sheriff of Nottingham from the sheriff’s daughter, Marian. Suggested for ages 8 and older. Opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. $26-$63, age 29 and younger $10-$15.
Montgomery Village Christmas tree lighting The Montgomery Village Community Band and Watkins Mill High School Chorus perform for a celebration with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate. 6-7 p.m. Montgomery Village Center, 19100 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-948-0110. www.montgomeryvillage.com. Free.
— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports