2013 Holiday Events Guide

2013 Holiday Events Guide

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Let’s play a word association game. We say “holidays,” and you shout:

Festive!

Family!

Egg nog!

Mistletoe!

You’re not wrong, but you’re not totally right, either.

The answer we were looking for? “Overwhelming.” It’s “Nutcracker” this and “Jingle Bells” that until it’s time to start stressing about New Year’s Eve plans.

Breathe.

Whether you’re planning to wear your funky Christmas sweater from now until Dec. 25 or you’re planning to bury your head in the snow until this is all over, we’ve put together a seasonal survival guide with the best daily holiday events from the first day of Hanukkah until Christmas. Follow along day-by-day or pick and choose as the spirit of the season suits you.

More: The Washington Post’s holiday guide

Dec. 17: Holiday Follies

Signature Theatre's seasonal show is a good old-fashioned cabaret featuring holiday ditties and performers with lots of personality. Read more...

Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post

Dec. 24: Water-skiing Santa

National Harbor is the best place to spot Santa on water skis, along with kneeboarding reindeer, flying elves and Frosty the Snowman in a dinghy. Read more...

Melina Mara/The Washington Post