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Holiday Events and Exhibits

Compiled by Sara Cormeny
WashingtonPost.com Staff
November 20, 1996

City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival, Seneca Creek State Park, Md., Dec. 1-31.
A 3.5-mile drive through the park takes sightseers past illuminated trees and Christmas scenes.
The cost is $10 per car. Call 301/258-6310 for more information.

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Festival of Lights, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Dec. 4-Jan. 5.
The Mormon Temple looms over the Beltway near Silver Spring, inspiring wonder and comment throughout the year. Each December, visitors are invited to the grounds to view more than 300,000 multicolored lights and a Nativity with live Mary and Joseph, and to enjoy nightly events in the Visitors' Center.
The Temple is at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Md. Take Exit 33 from the Beltway, right on Beach Drive, and left on Stoneybrook. Call 301/587-0144 for a schedule of free nightly events.

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Menorah on the Ellipse, Dec. 5-13.
A giant menorah will be on display in the Southwest corner of the Ellipse. The menorah will be lit in a ceremony Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:45 p.m. and stay on display through Friday, Dec. 13. Traditional Hanukah music will be performed and free latkes will be served at the Dec. 5 ceremony.

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National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace, The Ellipse, Dec. 5-Jan. 1.
During the weeks that the National Christmas Tree is on display, festivities will be held each evening from 6-9 p.m. Musical programs, as well as hot chocolate and other refreshments, will be available.
On Monday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m., Tipper Gore will perform the tree topping, which begins nearly two weeks of decorating the tree and the Ellipse for the holidays.
On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., President Bill Clinton will light the National Christmas Tree.
Visitors can view the National Christmas Tree and surrounding displays daily on the Ellipse. The displays include the Pathway of Peace, 56 trees decorated to represent each of the states and territories of the United States.

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Christmas Tree Exhibit, National Museum of American History, Dec. 7-Jan. 5.
Six decorated trees will be on display at the Museum entrances and in the ceremonial court. From Dec. 26 to Dec. 31, there will be additional seasonal performances and crafts at the musuem daily from noon-4 p.m.
The Museum is at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, and the museum is open every day of the year except Dec. 25. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 202/357-3129 for more information.

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Winter Flower Show, Botanic Garden Conservatory, Dec. 11-Jan. 5.
Each year the Botanic Garden has a special holiday show of poinsettia and winter floral displays. This season, the Garden also will host "A Celebration of Nations," with more than 30 holiday trees decorated to reflect the cultures of countries worldwide.
The Conservatory is at Maryland Avenue and First Street SW. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 202/225-8333 for more information.

© 1996 The Washington Post Co.

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