What's Doing

MOUNT VERNON -- The estate is open from 9 to 4 daily, including Christmas and New Year's. Candlelight tours are held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 15 from 5 to 8. Candlelight tour tickets are $15, $8 children 11 and younger. Advance purchase recommended. Regular tours of the mansion, decorated for the holidays, are held Sunday through Jan. 6. Adults $9, seniors $8.50, ages 6 through 11 $4.50, under 6 free. At the south end of the George Washington Parkway, eight miles south of Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

CEDAR HILL -- 9 to 4 daily (closed Christmas day). The home of Frederick Douglass will be decorated with Victorian trimmings through Dec. 31. 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961.

OATLANDS PLANTATION -- 10 to 4 weekdays and Saturdays, 1 to 4:30 Sundays through Dec. 30. The historic 19th-century plantation will be adorned with decorations from Europe. $8, $7 seniors and students ages 12 through 18, $1 ages 5-11 (younger free). Candlelight tours of the mansion are also offered Saturday nights though Dec. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30. $10, $3 children 7 and younger. Oatlands is on U.S. 15 six miles south of Leesburg. 703-777-3174.

U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN Conservatory -- 10 to 5 daily, including holidays, through Jan. 5. Conservatory offers a fantasy land with a Chocolate Chunk Mountain, Cotton Candy Corner, Candy Cane Forest, a model train display, holiday greenery and more. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

HEURICH HOUSE Museum -- 10 to 4 daily through Dec. 20. $3, $1.50 seniors and students. The Victorian home welcomes visitors with traditional decorations. Candlelight tours are held Thursday, Dec. 13, Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 from 6 to 8. Those tickets are $10, $5 seniors and students (children 11 and younger free). Reservations required for the candlelight tours. 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-785-2068, Ext. 100.

PAGEANT OF PEACE -- 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. The National Christmas Tree and trees representing every state and territory are on display. Musical entertainment nightly from 6 to 8:30 weekdays, 4 to 8:30 weekends Dec. 6-30 (no performances on Dec. 24 or 25). On the Ellipse, just south of the White House. Call 202-208-1631.

HOLIDAY STUDIO TOUR -- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 15 10 to 4. Visit 12 cottage artisans in their studios. Visit www.try-artisans.com for locations and more details.

ANTIQUES FAIR -- Friday 11 to 8, Saturday 11 to 6 and Sunday noon to 5:30. 160 dealers. $6. D.C. Armory, 2100 East Capitol St. 202-547-9215.

ST. ALBANS Christmas House Tour -- Tour five Georgetown homes decorated for the holidays Friday from 11 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 4. $30; shuttles run from the school at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, to the homes. 202-537-3190.

HOLIDAY TOURS -- Noon to 4 daily, except Mondays, through Jan. 5. Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, $3, $2 seniors and students, free for ages 5 and younger. 301-762-1492.

LUMINARA CELEBRATION -- Friday 4:30 to 8:30. Candlelight festival to benefit Alzheimer's Family Day Center, McLean Central Park, Old Dominion Drive and Dolley Madison Boulevard. 703-532-8899.

GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- Nightly 5:30 to 9 (last car admitted at 8:30) through Jan. 5 (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve). Take a half-mile walk through a display of original twinkling flower light forms. Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Admission is $15 per car or van on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; $10 on other days. Call 301-962-1453.

MIRACLE OF LIGHTS -- Nightly 5:30 to 10:30, including holidays (closed New Year's Eve). The Miracle of Lights, a holiday light show that benefits the Healthy Families Fairfax program, runs through Jan. 4 in Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., in Centreville. Admission is $12 per vehicle with up to 14 passengers. Take I-66 west to Exit 52, go south on Route 29 for two miles, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Road and follow signs. Call 703-709-5437.

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS -- Nightly from 6 to 10 Sundays through Thursdays and 6 to 11 on Fridays and Saturdays and Thanksgiving evenings; starting Dec. 13, open nightly from 6 to 11. More than 70 holiday light creations are on display at the Symphony of Lights, Howard County General Hospital's annual fund-raiser that runs through Jan. 5. $12 per vehicle with up to 11 passengers. Take U.S. 29 north to Exit 18-B (Broken Land Parkway) and follow signs to Symphony Woods. Call 410-740-7666.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- Nightly through Jan. 5 from 5 to 9:30. A 2.5-mile drive-through route of holiday lighting displays with more than 500,000 twinkling bulbs. $5 per car or van. Free on Dec. 25. (Canned goods accepted nightly for donation to local food banks.) Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Call 301-699-2456 (TDD: 301-454-1493).

WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL -- Mondays-Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10, Sundays 6 to 9 through Dec. 31 (Closed Christmas). Take a 3.5-mile drive through an enchanted forest setting, at Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. $10 per car. Call 301-258-6350.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- Nightly 5:30 to 10 through Jan. 1. The Washington Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open its annual Festival of Lights at the Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr. in Kensington. It features more than 300,000 colorful lights on the grounds, a display of 20 decorated trees, and nightly concerts at 7 and 8. Call 301-587-0144.

TREE LIGHTING -- Friday from 5:30 to 7:30, with caroling and a reception at SOC Enterprises, 750 S. 23rd St., Arlington. 703-521-4441.

TREE LIGHTING -- Friday at 6. At the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. On Saturday at 10:30, Manassas holds its 57th annual Christmas parade on Main Street. 703-361-6599.

OLD TOWN WARRENTON -- Friday 6 to 9. Holidays celebration with a Christmas tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus, street entertainer and wagon rides. On Sunday from noon to 3:30, visit with Santa, listen to a storyteller or take a carriage ride. Main Street. 540-349-8606.

CHRISTMAS GARDEN -- Weeknights from 6 to 8:30, weekends from 11 to 8:30, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day from 11 to 4. Open through Jan. 4. A tradition brought to America by German immigrants, the Christmas garden is a miniature holiday landscape. The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department opens its Christmas garden to visitors 5200 Southwestern Blvd., Baltimore. 410-242-6601.

GREAT FALLS Tree Lighting -- Friday at 6:30, with caroling, a petting zoo, hot cider and Santa at Great Falls Village Centre, Walker Road and Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. 703-759-2485.

CHRISTMAS PARADE -- Friday at 7:30. Main Street, Ellicott City. 410-750-7676.

ENCHANTED FOREST -- Friday from 7:30 to 10, Saturday from 9 to 5:30 and Sunday from 10 to 3. See 300 decorated trees, gingerbread houses and wreaths; visit Santa's workshop, and enjoy music at the Junior League of Northern Virginia's Enchanted Forest at Dulles Expo Center on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. $8, $5 seniors and children 11 and younger (toddlers under 2 free). Admission to the Dec. 6 preview is $15. Admission to Santa's workshop is $20 and includes one child and one adult who will make a craft together. 703-848-2884.

WAKEFIELD CRAFT SHOW -- Saturday from 9 to 4 and Sunday from noon to 4. 150 vendors, and a visit from Santa Saturday afternoon. $2. Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Rd., Annandale. 703-321-7082.

WINTERFEST -- Saturday from 10 to 6. Carnival games, music, poetry, moon bounce and other attractions, at Sandy Spring Friends School, 16293 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-7455, Ext. 180.

TRAIN SHOW -- Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4. Working model train displays and vendors. $7, $2 children 6 to 12 (younger free). Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. 410-252-0200.

BLACK GIFT & ART SHOW -- Saturday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 10 to 6. 100 vendors. $2. Shiloh Family Life Center, Ninth and P streets NW. 202-575-2879.

SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK -- Saturday at 10:30. The annual Scottish Christmas Walk parade with more than 100 clans, bagpipers and antique cars takes place in Old Town Alexandria. 703-549-0111.

"A DICKENS OF A TOUR: Charles Dickens in Washington" -- Saturday at 11. A walking tour led by characters from "A Christmas Carol" with anecdotes about Dickens's visit to Washington in the 19th century. Tour starts at Cosi, 10th and E streets NW. $12; children 11 and younger $6. A portion of proceeds benefits SOME (So Others Might Eat) and Takoma Park Library. Repeated Dec. 14, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. 301-588-9255.

HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR -- Saturday 11 to 4. The 32nd annual Holiday Homes Tour in Old Town Alexandria. Admission $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 703-549-0111.

HERNDON HOMES TOUR -- Saturday 11 to 5. Tour area homes with holiday floral designs. Tour begins at the Herndon Depot Museum, 717 Lynn St., Herndon. $10. 703-437-7289.

HOMES TOUR -- Saturday 11:30 to 4:30. Tour eight decorated homes in Culpeper, Va. $15 in advance, $18 on Saturday. 540-825-8200.

BETHESDA WINTER Wonderland -- Saturday 2 to 4. Music and cultural performances on the Metro level of the Newlands Building Plaza, Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. 301-215-6660.

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK -- Saturday 3 to 7:30. Roast marshmallows, sing carols, visit the nature center at Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascade Parkway, Sterling. 703-444-1275.

TREE LIGHTING -- Saturday 4 to 7. Carolers, dancers, bell ringers and puppet and magic shows at Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave. 301-258-6350.

PARADE OF BOATS -- Saturday 5 to 6. Boats decorated for the holidays will parade along the Alexandria Waterfront and the Washington Channel from 7 to 8. 703-838-5005.

HOLLY TROLLEYFEST -- Saturdays and Sundays from 5 to 9 Dec. 7 through Dec. 22. Join Santa for a ride on old trolleys and street cars during the National Capital Trolley Museum's annual festival, which continues Dec. 28-29 without Santa. $3, $2 children and seniors. 1313 Bonifant Rd., Silver Spring. 301-384-6088.

HOLIDAYS IN LEESBURG -- Saturday 5 to 9. Carriage rides, tree lighting, Santa and music, in the historic district. 703-777-1368.

ART LEAGUE BENEFIT PARTY -- Saturday 6 to 8. Door prizes, a raffle, dancing to the Mount Vernon Swing Band and refreshments at the Art League's Duke Street Annex, 1 Duke St., Alexandria. $30. 703-683-1780.

MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION -- Saturday at 6. 23,000 candles will be placed on the Antietam National Battlefield, each light representing a casualty from the bloodiest day of battle in American history, on the battlefield in Route 65 in Sharpsburg, Md. Program at 4, followed by a procession starts at 6 and usually lasts until 2 a.m. the next morning. 301-432-5124.

MODEL TRAIN SHOW -- Sunday 9 to 4. Working trains and vendors. $4. Holiday Inn, 2801 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg. 540-373-0911.

GLENVIEW MANSION Open Houses -- Sundays through Dec. 22 from 1 to 4. Musical performances on Sunday and Dec. 8. Special activities for children on Dec. 15. Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8660.

BOWIE TRAIN Station Museum -- Sunday noon to 4. A free Holiday Open House is held at the museum at 8614 Chestnut Ave., Bowie. 301-809-3089.

LOGAN CIRCLE House tour -- Sunday 1 to 5. Seven homes. $20 in advance, $25 on Sunday. 202-265-0084.

ARLINGTON HOUSE -- Sunday 2 to 4. The former home of Robert E. Lee will present "December 1860: The Last Christmas," a program on the Lees's last holidays in their home before the Civil War. In Arlington National Cemetery. 703-235-1530.

WASSAIL -- Sunday 1 to 4. Enjoy singing, dancing, hot cider, sugar cakes, 18th-century games and a bonfire at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, 6310 Georgetown Pike., McLean. $3, $1.50 seniors and children. 703-442-7557.

TOYS FOR TOTS Square Dance -- Sunday 1 to 5. $10 or a new unwrapped toy (singles $5). Lee Center Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-838-4844.

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER -- Sunday 3 to 5. Dancing, drumming, art, gifts and an auction. Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW. 202-332-6561.

PARADE OF BOATS -- Sunday at 4. Event starts with a Winterfest at 4 on the docks of Washington Harbour, 3100 K St. NW. Activities include Santa, carols, cookies, hot chocolate and cider. At 5, boats decorated for the holidays will sail past the Harbour. 202-333-1600.

TREE LIGHTING -- Sunday at 7. Songs, refreshments and Santa, at City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr., Bowie. 301-809-3078.

LUCIAFEST -- Sunday 7:30 to 10:30. Scandinavian candlelight holiday dance and Luciafest at the Cherry Hill Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Rd., College Park. $10. 301-585-1130 or 301-493-6281.

IMMIGRANT CHRISTMAS -- Monday through Jan. 3 from 10 to 5 weekdays. See a display of Christmas trees decorated by local ethnic groups,at the American Immigration Law Foundation, 918 F St. NW. 202-742-5600.

Craft/Holiday Bazaars

LANDON GREENS SALE -- Friday from 8 to 4 at Landon School, 6101 Wilson Ln., Bethesda. 301-320-1066.

CHRISTMAS SHOW -- Friday and Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 10 to 5. Works by 500 artists. Frederick Fairground, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6, children 12 and younger $3. 301-898-5466.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR -- Friday 10 to 7, Saturday 10 to 4. Transfiguration Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-384-6264.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS SHOW -- Friday 11 to 6, Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 4. $1. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., Mclean. 703-920-0123.

RUMMAGE SALE/BAZAAR -- Saturday at 8. Half-price sale at noon, auction at 3. 100 tables. RIver Road Unitarian Church, River Road and Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. 301-589-6140.

THRIFT SHOP -- Saturday and Dec. 14 9 to noon. Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 50, Upperville. 540-592-3343.

CRAFT FAIR -- Saturday 9 to 3. 50 tables. St. Mary's School, 600 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville. 301-294-8707.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR -- Saturday 9 to 3. St. Peter's Church, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (Route 108), Olney. 301-924-3774.

GREENS SALE -- Saturday 9 to 3. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-9070.

GIFT SHOW -- Saturday 10 to 4. 14 local artists. Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington. 703-472-4710.

POINSETTIA/GREENS SALE -- Saturday 10 to 5. Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, Md. 410-848-2288.

CRAFT FAIR -- Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 4. 50 artisans. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208.

CRAFT SALE -- Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. Works by 300 artists. $5, to benefit local charitable organizations. A gala preview party will be held Friday from 7 to 9:30. $20 advance, $25 at the door. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 202-882-6650, Ext. 20.

AFRICAN AMERICAN Craft Fair -- Saturday 10 to 5. Seat Pleasant Activity Center, 5720 Addison Rd., Seat Pleasant. 301-773-6685 (TDD: 301-218-6768).

ART SHOW -- Saturday and Sunday noon to 5. 6925 Willow St., Takoma Park. 202-636-8604.

MISTLETOE MALL -- Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday 1 to 4. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. 703-892-2565.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET -- Sundays 8:30 to 2 through Dec. 15. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-7483.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR -- Sunday noon to 4. Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Ave., Takoma Park. 202-244-7080.

GREENS SHOW -- Thursday through Dec. 14 from 10 to 4. $7, $3 children. A preview party will be held Wednesday from 6 to 9; $15. Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave., Annapolis. 310-269-1714.