(Julia Ewan - The Washington Post)
Friday, November 30, 2007

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A COUNTRY MANOR CHRISTMAS Nov. 30 from 10 to 4, Dec. 1 from 10 to 7, Dec. 2 from 10 to 5 and Dec. 7-9 from 10 to 4. Riders and their hounds, decorated Victorian-style rooms, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, spinning, weaving and open-hearth cooking. $2.50. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880 or 410-857-2771.

READING THE CHRISTMAS STORY IN ART Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13 and 24 at 1. A gallery talk by Philip Leonard on the paintings in the permanent collection with holiday themes, including Bernardino Luini's "The Madonna of the Carnation." Free. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

MOUNT VERNON BY CANDLELIGHT Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9 from 5 to 8. Tour George Washington's home and visit the rarely seen third floor. Regular tours available from 9 to 4 for $13. $15, younger than 12 $10. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

WOMAN'S CLUB OF MCLEAN HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR Dec. 1 from 9:30 to 3:30. Tour four homes decorated for the holidays. $20-$25. 703-356-0089.

HERNDON FORTNIGHTLY LIBRARY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Dec. 1 from 11 to 1. Music, treats and crafts provided by the Council for the Arts of Herndon. Free. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. 703-437-8855.

HOLIDAY DESIGNER TOUR OF HOMES Dec. 1 from 11 to 4. View five homes in Old Town Alexandria. $25-$30. The Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-0111.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Dec. 1-2 from 11 to 8. The house will be decorated as it would have been in the 1860s with Civil War reenactors, Santa and Mrs. Claus, music and refreshments. $5, children $2. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House, 3725 Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-6870 or 301-274-9358.

HISTORIC CLIFTON CANDLELIGHT TOUR Dec. 1 from 2:30 to 8. Holiday horseback parade at 2; tour of five decorated homes, music in local churches, strolling Dickens carolers from 4:30 to 7:30; carols in town square, hot chocolate and tree lighting from 7:30 to 8. $15, children $5. 703-322-1811 or 703-830-2129.

LOGAN CIRCLE HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR Dec. 2 from 1 to 5. Tour eight homes and a historic church. $15 in advance, $20. 1324 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-489-4553.

DAR CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 8. Christmas caroling from area choirs while touring period rooms depicting scenes from early American life. Free. DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 17th and D streets NW. 202-572-0563.

SYMPHONY HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS Dec. 6-8 at 10 to 4. A driving tour of five homes in the Laurelford neighborhood presented by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. Pick up maps at the Padonia Club. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Padonia Club, 12006 Jenifer Rd., Cockeysville. 410-783-8023.

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