The Smithsonian Museum of American History (formerly History and Technology) will recreate the sights and sounds of Christmases and Hanukas past with a Victorian holiday celebration Dec. 26-31, from noon to 4 p.m. daily.

The halls will be decked with holiday craft demonstrations, performances of "A Christmas Carol," puppet shows, traditional treats and exhibits of greeting cards, doll houses and Victorian games. Demonstrations of crafts, including clockmaking, glass-blowing, woodcarving, Jewish paper-cutting and dreidel-making are presented daily. Roving singers, children's choirs and musical groups will perform traditional carols and period and ethnic music. Call 357-2700 for further information.

"Kwanzaa," an African-American holiday celebration, will be observed at the Museum of African Art, 316-332 A St., NE, Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Kwanzaa ("Swahili for "first") is a family and community celebration of the fruits of the year's labors and a time to plan for the coming year. Each day of Kuwanzaa is devoted to a different principle: unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith, and each principle will be celebrated at the museum by tours of current exhibitions featuring works from Mali, Guinea, Angola, Gabon and Cameroon; storytelling; traditional music; dancing and foods. All events are free. Call 287-3490 for details on daily events.