The Lincoln Theatre presents Langston Hughes's "Black Nativity," Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 3 and 7, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8, and Thursday at 8 at the theater, 1215 U St. NW (Metro: U Street/ Cardozo). Performances run through Dec. 30. Tickets are $20 to $32 through Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328; for information, call 202/328-6000.
The "The Nutcracker" is danced by the National Ballet Company, Friday at 10:30, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday at 2:30, and Monday and Wednesday (Tuesday show sold out) at 10:30 at the Hallam Theatre at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Tickets are $15 for the morning shows, $15 to $25 for the evening performances. Call 301/218-9822.
"The Christmas Gift" is danced by the Christian Dance Company, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 6 at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. Tickets are $6. Call 301/856-7400.
"Amahl and the Night Visitors" is performed by the Vienna Light Opera, Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 3 and 7:30 at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna. Admission is $10, $7 for ages 16 and younger; family $35. Call 703/281-2570.
Star and Crescent
The American Star and Crescent Society will celebrate USA Muslims Day and Ramadan with the display of a 35-foot-tall Star and Crescent, Saturday at 3 in the southeast quadrant of the Ellipse south of the White House. The program features Muslim and Arab speakers. The Star and Crescent will stay up through Jan. 7. Call 202/619-7222.
"How to Make an Apple Pie (and See the World)," a story about a headstrong girl named Marjorie who travels to exotic places to gather the ingredients for a unique apple pie, is presented in the Terrace Theater Friday at 7:30; Saturday at 1:30, 3:30 and 7:30; Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:30 and 7:30; and Thursday at 1:30 and 3:30 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Performances continue through Jan. 7. Tickets are $15. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).
Children ages 5 through 12 can enjoy a concert by the Violins of Lafayette, hear holiday stories and make holiday art with artist Kathleen Manning at the free Magical Holiday Treat, Sunday at 2:30 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW (Metro: Farragut West). Free, but registration is required. Call 202/639-1727.