Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon: Labyrinth walk, a medieval Christian practice that provides a guided pattern for walking prayer. All ages and religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or HistoricChristChurch.org.
Saturday: St. Albans School hosts its annual Christmas house tour. Shuttle bus service is provided between the school and the five decorated homes, each one paired with a leading Washington floral designer. Tours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 boutiques in the school’s Marriott Hall will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday luncheon in St. Albans refectory: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., St. Albans School, 3551 Garfield St. NW. Tour, $40; lunch, $20. firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-537-8982. stalbansschool.org.
Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Have breakfast with Santa and enjoy crafts, too. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. email@example.com. 703-532-6617. htluther.org.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Bart D. Ehrman, an authority on the New Testament and early Christianity, looks at several of the early gospels and the portrait of Jesus they present. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $90-$130. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Church of the Good Shepherd’s annual Shop the Shepherd Christmas Showcase. More than 30 vendors will offer a selection of jewelry, toys, handbags and purses, home decor, kitchenware, skin-care products, Christmas decorations and more. There will also be a raffle, cafe and gourmet bake shop. Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 703-323-5400.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Annual Christmas bazaar, with a silent auction, baked goods, wreaths, crafts, jewelry and more. Lunch is available. Epiphany United Methodist Church, 1014 Country Club Dr. NE, Vienna. Free. email@example.com. 703-938-3494. epiphanyumc.com.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Anatolian Artisans will host its annual Turkish Arts and Crafts sale. The proceeds will benefit low-income craftswomen in villages in Turkey. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Admission, free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 301-231-8128. anatolianartisans.org.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: A flea market, bake and food sale featuring homemade Filipino dishes will be held to help those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. All proceeds will be given to the Philippine National Red Cross and KRIS (Kids Rise Inspire Soar). Volunteers, vendors and shoppers are needed. The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie. Call Rhea, 443-858-8985 or Rarciaga20@yahoo.com or Maxine, 443-867-7389.
Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital of Advent music by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.: Michael McCarthy directs the National Cathedral Combined Choirs, with soloists Gillian Keith, Claire Wilkinson, Rufus Muller and Nathan Berg in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $29-$85. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday, 4 p.m.: A “Messiah” singalong. Everyone welcome. Bring your musical score or borrow one of the church’s limited copies. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. email@example.com. 703-532-6617. htluther.org.
Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Children’s Chorus of Washington Concert Chorus, Chamber Ensemble and Young Men’s Ensemble, with harpist Susan Robinson and the Amadeus Brass Quintet, perform “Celestial Voices,” featuring Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.” The Bel Canto Chorus joins the Saturday program; the Treble Chorus is part of the Sunday performance. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Adults: $30; in advance, $25. Children 11 and younger, $12; in advance, $10. Tickets: 202-237-1005 or childrenschorus.com.
Monday, 7 p.m.: The “Singing Sisters” of the Daughters of St. Paul perform the annual Christmas concert. Good Shepherd Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy., Alexandria. Free. 703-780-4055.
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 9:15 and 11 a.m.: Handel’s “Messiah, Part I,” will be performed by the Chorale and Orchestra of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. The Rev. Mary Katherine Morn will lead the worship part of the program. Music Director Mark Vogel will lead the ensemble and soloists Keith Hudspeth, Robert Damashek, Karen Wolf, Liz Anderson, Mary Gaskins, Julie Price and Sarah Jebian. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Free. 703-281-4230. uucf.org.
Saturday, 5 p.m.: The Classical Brass Quintet and the Cantus Youth Choirs will perform Christmas choral music following a candlelight processional. The program includes an audience carol singalong and conducting raffle. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. $35, in advance, $30; students ages 13 to 22, $5; 12 and younger, free. Tickets: 703-237-2499. choralis.org.
Saturday, 6 p.m.: The Northeast Performing Arts Group presents an evening of praise and worship with song and dance. The program will raise money for the group’s year-round performing arts and academic-related programs for at-risk District youth. Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. $20; in advance, $15. 202-388-1274. eventbrite.com/event/1071229075.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed handbell choir, perform sacred and secular music, including “Masters in This Hall,” several dances from “The Nutcracker,” “Silent Night” and tunes by Leroy Anderson, Bon Jovi and others. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $25, advance tickets only. 301-365-2850.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: One hundred flutists ages 4 to 18 perform a concert of Christmas music and traditional carols. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 3010-587-0144.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Celebration Center for Spiritual Living holds a holiday art gala. Meet the artists. Enjoy the poetry, food, fun and festivities. Take home a gift or two. Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-533-0388.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: St. Alban’s choir and tenor Richard Turner, as Nicolas, will perform Benjamin Britten’s “St. Nicolas.” St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $10; 15 and younger, free. 2020-363-8286. stalbansdc.org.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Catholic University Women’s Chorus performs Christmas favorites. Catholic University, St. Vincent’s Chapel, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: The National Philharmonic Singers, led by Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau, perform Christmas music by Praetorius, Lauridsen, Rutter, Gardiner, Skriven, Tchesnokov and others. The program includes an audience singalong. Christ Episcopal Church, 107 South Washington St., Rockville. Free, donations to Community Ministries of Rockville appreciated. 301-493-9283, Ext. 116 or 301-762-2191, Ext. 3. christchurchrockville.org.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Rev. Lloyd A. “Tony” Lewis, the Molly A. Downs professor emeritus of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary, will discuss the Gospel of Matthew. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or stjohns-dc.org.
Sunday, 2:45 p.m.: A Hanukkah concert with Jewish children’s performer Jill Moskowitz and an open house for those interested in learning about the preschool and meeting its director. Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Rd., Herndon. Free. RSVP: Judy Fox-Tepper, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-860-4515, Ext. 115.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Advent vespers are each Sunday through Christmas by the Choir of the Basilica in the Upper Church.A Mass follows at 4:30 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free parking. 202-526-8300.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Sargent Gospel-Aires Concert. Traditional and contemporary arrangements of Christmas favorites. A reception with food and drink follows. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 25100 Ridge Rd., Damascus. Free-will offering. office@stannesdamascus. 301 253-2130. stannesdamascus.org.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: A singalong of Part 1 and Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s “Messiah” with the Amadeus Orchestra, soloists Rachel Blaustein, soprano; Tia Price, alto; Peter Scott Drackley, tenor; and Alex Rosen, bass; and oboist Wesley Nichols. Conducted by Louise C. Wilson. Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. Free. Bring your own score or buy a G. Schirmer edition at the door, $8. E-mail Louise Wilson, email@example.com or call 703-671-4057 or fairlingtonumc.org.
Sunday, 4 and 7 p.m.: A performance of Christmas carols by the Capital City Symphony and Congressional Chorus. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25. 202-399-7993. capitalcitysymphony.org.
Sunday, 4:30 p.m.: The Chancel and Chapel choirs of Fairfax United Methodist Church perform music from German and Hispanic cultures. Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. Free-will offering. 703-591-3120.
Sunday, 5 p.m.: The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, followed by a reception. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.
Sunday, 6 and 7 p.m.: The Young Columbians perform. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free tickets distributed at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. 301-587-0144.
Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m.: An Advent party with music, food, fun, carol singing and entertainment for all ages. Activities for children and nursery care for small children. 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766. Register: stjohns-dc.org.
Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.
Monday, noon: Catholic University and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception award the Patronal Medal to Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus. The award is given to a person who has rendered distinguished service in the advancement of Marian devotion, theology, or general appreciation of the place of Mary in the life of the Catholic Church. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-8300.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Dec. 17, 18, 21, 22 at 1 p.m.: “Christmas in Art.” David Gariff leads a tour of the paintings in the museum’s permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. National Gallery of Art, West Building Main Floor, Rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6706.
Mondays through Dec. 16, 7 p.m.: Julie Collins, spiritual director and teacher, will facilitate the discussion of “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” a book by the Rev. James Martin that explores the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola. The workshop seeks to introduce participants to the mystical knowledge of St. Ignatius and explore its implications for their own spiritual journey. Washington National Cathedral, Sayre House, South Road off Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, registration required. 202-537-6200. firstname.lastname@example.org or nationalcathedral.org.
Most Mondays, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones leads “A Course in Miracles.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308.
Tuesdays through Dec. 17, 10 a.m.: Everyone, especially senior citizens, is invited to participate in an Advent Bible study. The topic is “God’s Gift of Love.” Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-2299.
Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that highlights stories of faithful action and devotion depicted in the building’s glass and stone. The tour includes an invitation to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tour is not conducted on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Ralitza Patcheva, pianist and Levine School of Music faculty member, performs “A Room With a Symphony” – a pianistic exploration of Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 . Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, docent station at the rear nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, allhallowsguild.org or email@example.com.
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.
Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.
Wednesday, 6 p.m.: Advent quiet night. Walk the labyrinth until 7:30 p.m., participate in a guided meditation with the Rev. John Shellito, then attend a Taize prayer service, with songs of few words, followed by periods of peaceful silence from 7:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor Susan Goekler leads tai chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class.
or dmuuc.org. 301-449-4308.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or wesleydc.org.
Wednesdays through Dec. 18, 6:15 p.m.: Advent jazz and evening prayer. The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Dinner (optional), $10; jazz, free. 301-384-4394.
Thursday, 3:45 p.m.: The Newtown Foundation and Washington National Cathedral host a vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the epidemic of gun violence in America. Special guests, dignitaries and others from across the country will honor the more than 30,000 Americans who have lost their lives in gun violence since the Newtown shooting one year ago. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.
Friday, noon: The Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Scott Pender, Sharon Guertin Shafer, Mark Simon, Leslie Bennett and Ron Dicus. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 1 p.m.: David Gariff leads a tour of the paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. The tour will be repeated at the same time on Dec. 21 and 22. National Gallery of Art, West Building Main Floor, Rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6706.
Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.:
Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.
Next Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon: Breakfast with Santa. Proceeds benefit Community Support Systems. Chapel of the Incarnation, Brandywine, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. $5; seniors, free; age 11 and younger, $2. 301-627-8469. stthomascroom.org.
Next Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Advent Quiet Day with Brother Jonathan Maury. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free; registration fee, $35, includes lunch. Phil Lyons, email@example.com. 703-549-1450.
Next Saturday, noon; Next Saturday-Sunday, 4 pm: “The Joy of Christmas” concert is performed at noon Saturday in an abbreviated family version by the Cathedral Choral Society, organist Todd Fickley and carillonist Edward Nassor. Old and new Christmas carols will be sung by the performers and congregation. The full program will be performed at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Noon Saturday, $25; 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $31-$73. 202-537-2228 or cathedralchoralsociety.org.
Next Saturday-Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.: “Stroll the Streets of Ancient Bethlehem,” a reenactment of a walk through ancient Bethlehem as it was during the time of Jesus’s birth. Meet the citizens, make way for Roman soldiers, see tax collectors demanding payment and more. Continuous tours feature a Nativity scene with live animals, period reenactors, children’s crafts, Christmas music and refreshments. Parkwood Baptist Church, 8726 Braddock Rd., Annandale. Free. 703-978-8160. bwalk.org.
Next Saturday, 5 p.m.: A performance of Glenn Burleigh’s Christmas Cantata “Born To Die.” Bethesda Baptist Church, 1808 Capitol Ave. NE. Free-will offering. 202-635-2883.
Next Saturday, 5 p.m.: Community Christmas carol singalong, directed by music director Pat Henry. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-333-3642.
Next Saturday, 7 p.m.: Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez conducts the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ Chancel Choir and a professional orchestra in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” Part 1. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free-will offering to benefit Shaw Community Ministries. 301-229-7766. westmorelanducc.org.
Next Saturday, 7 p.m.: Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble performs a program of Israeli folk dancing, with the audience invited to participate.Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis. $18; family ticket for two adults and children, $25. Tickets: eventbrite.com/event/9282172227. 410-263-3924.
Next Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The C Street Brass, a chamber ensemble in residence at Carnegie Mellon University, performs “A C Street Holiday,” featuring Christmas carols and special arrangements for brass. Includes highlights from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” “Amazing Grace,” and Billy Joel’s “Lullaby.” Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $20; seniors and students, $15. 301-365-2850. bradleyhillschurch.org
— Compiled by Gerri Marmer
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