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MODEL TRAIN GARDEN Nov. 30-Jan. 6 from 10 to 5. All-natural materials are used to create D.C. landmarks such as the Capitol and the White House. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

PUPPET CO.'S "NUTCRACKER" Nov. 30, Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 at 10 and 11:30, and Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22, 26-30 at 11:30 and 1. This 50-minute production is recommended for kindergartners and older. $8. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-6668.

SEASONS OF LIGHT Nov. 30, Dec. 3-7, 14, 17-21 at 10:15 and 11:30, and Dec. 8 at 11. A multicultural celebration of global winter holidays, including Ramadan, Devali, Hanukkah, Sankta Luca and Kwanzaa. For ages 5-10. $4-$6. Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700 or 202-633-3030.

TOY TRAIN AND MODEL RAILROAD EXHIBIT Nov. 30, Dec. 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 26-28 from 10 to 4; Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10 to 5; and Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 11 to 4. Several layouts. Visit Santa on Saturdays and Sundays. Train rides Tuesday-Saturday. $14, seniors $12, ages 2-12 $8, younger than 2 free. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-752-2490.

"THE ADVENTURES OF RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER" Nov. 30 at 10 and 7:30. A Southern Maryland Repertory Theatre production. $5. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828 or 301-934-7785.

TEA WITH THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Nov. 30 at 5 and 7. $28, children $20.Victoria Tea Room and Bakery, 9413 Battle St., Manassas. 703-257-1811.

CHILDREN'S CONCERT Nov. 30 at 10 and Dec. 1 at 3. Al Rasso performs. $5. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 703-549-0111 or 703-683-2007.

CHRISTMAS DOLL AND TRAIN EXHIBIT Dec. 1-Jan. 6. Wednesday-Sunday from noon to 4. Antique and collectible dolls and toys, holiday decorations and music. $3, seniors $2, ages 6-18 $1.50, age 5 and younger free. Dec. 8 free. St. Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Coltons Point. 301-769-2222.

HOLIDAY TRAIN EXHIBIT Dec. 1-Jan. 6 from 10 to 5. Train winds through a miniature tree farm and forested parkland in the South Conservatory. Free. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400.

TRAIN GARDEN Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 26-30, Jan. 5-6 from 11 to 8:30; Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 from 6:30 to 8:30; and Jan. 2-4 from 6:30 to 8:30. Eight miniature trains with coal locomotives, switch tracks and flashing train signals wind their way around a carousel and a North Pole scene complete with Santa Claus and his elves. Free. Ellicott City Fire Company No. 2, 4150 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. 410-313-2036.

HOLLY TROLLYFEST Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 from 5 to 9. Visit a toy train display, and greet Santa aboard a trolley. $4, children and seniors $3. National Capital Trolley Museum, Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville. 301-384-6088.


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