The Week of Dec. 2

The Scottish Christmas Walk, a parade of pipe and drum bands, dancers and other troupes, winds through Old Town Alexandria on Dec. 3. Call 703-549-0111.

{diam} Dumbarton Concerts celebrates the holidays with its 20th anniversary "Celtic Christmas" concerts Dec. 3-10 at Dumbarton Church. Tickets cost $28, seniors and students $24. Call 202-965-2000. {diam} The Marine Band accompanies the annual Holiday Sing-A-Long Dec. 4 at Wolf Trap Park, concluding with a candlelight procession. Admission is free; donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots are encouraged. Call 703-255-1900. {diam} The Nighthawks, Mary Ann Redmond, Tommy Lepson and other local stars donate their talents to "Santa Jam 9" Dec. 8 at the State Theatre, a benefit for Northern Virginia shelters for women and children. Admission at the door is one new, unwrapped toy or $10. Call 703-237-0300. {diam} American Ballet Theatre stages Kevin McKenzie's interpretation of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 7-11 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $47 to $112. Call 202-467-4600.

The Week of Dec. 9

More than 180 artists will display their museum-quality works at the 18th annual Washington Craft Show Dec. 9-11 at the Washington Convention Center. Admission is $14, seniors $13, ages 11 and younger free. Call 202-249-3000. {diam} The Kennedy Center opens its new Family Theater (in the space once occupied by the American Film Institute) with the world premiere of "Alice," an adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's book for children, from Dec. 9 through Jan. 2. Tickets cost $15. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} The Washington Revels stages the 23rd annual Christmas Revels, "Journey to the Northlands," with a focus on the music and dance of Scandinavia, Dec. 9-18 at Lisner Auditorium. Tickets cost $18 to $40, with youth discounts. Call 800-595-4849. {diam} Grammy-winning vocal quartet the Manhattan Transfer, backed by a 20-piece big band, sing holiday classics Dec. 13-14 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets cost $21 to $60. Call 301-581-5100.

The Week of Dec. 16

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra stages its Christmas-themed rock opera Dec. 21 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena ($32.50 and $42.50), and Dec. 22 at MCI Center ($39.50, $42.50 and $43.50). Call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added).


These 9:30 club shows are on sale now from "A John Waters Christmas," with Trixie Little, the Evil Hate Monkeys and Lobsterboy, Dec. 22 ($25); Matisyahu, Dec. 25 ($20); the Roots, Dec. 29 ($35); and the North Mississippi Allstars, Dec. 30 ($25). Call 703-218-6500.


On Stage

The national tour of "Les Miserables" stops at the National Theatre from Dec. 7 through Jan. 21. Tickets cost $36.25 to $83.25 plus service charges. Call 800-447-7400.

On Screen

Opening Dec. 2: Charlize Theron stars as a secret agent in the futuristic "Aeon Flux." {diam} Real-life snowboarders tackle the slopes of Alaska in "First Descent."

{diam} Naomi Watts is the title character in "Ellie Parker," a comedy about a struggling actress. {diam} In the documentary "Darwin's Nightmare," an invasive species of fish devastates Tanzania's Lake Victoria and the local population. Opening dates are subject to change.

On Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Cityscapes Revealed: Highlights From the Collection," opening Dec. 3 at the National Building Museum, celebrates the museum's 25th anniversary with a first-time survey of its holdings, including architectural drawings, photographs and building fragments. Call 202-272-2448. {diam} "Henry Ossawa Tanner and the Lure of Paris," opening Dec. 7 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, features works by Tanner, along with pieces by French artists whose work likely influenced the expatriate African American painter. Call 410-396-7100.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Cavalia," horses and acrobats under the white big top in Pentagon City (866-999-8111); "Much Ado About Nothing," at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre (202-544-7077); "String Fever," by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229); "If We Are Women," by the Washington Stage Guild (240-582-0050); and "For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again," at MetroStage (800-494-8497 or 703-548-9044). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Origins of European Printmaking: 15th-Century Woodcuts and Their Public," in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art (202-737-4215, TDD: 202-842-6176); and "Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943," at the Library of Congress (202-707-4604).


It's our annual calendar of holiday events chock full of information on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve activities.


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Shawn Farmer gets a new perspective in "First Descent," a docudrama about the rise of snowboarding, opening Dec. 2.

Bruce M. Holmes and Catherine Flye in MetroStage's

"For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again," closing Sunday."The Disciples See Christ Walking on Water" is on display in "Henry Ossawa Tanner and the Lure of Paris," opening Dec. 7 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.