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"SEASONS OF LIGHT" -- Dec. 2, 6-9 and 20-21 at 10 and 11:30, and Dec. 10 at noon, the history and customs of Winter Solstice traditions around the world. $6, ages 11 and younger $4. By Discovery Theater at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-3030.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS" -- Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30, Tuesdays at 7:30, Wednesdays-Thursdays at noon and 7:30, through Dec. 31, with exceptions and additions during holiday weeks. Michael Wilson's adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. $30 to $55. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-397-7328 or 202-347-4833.

"THE CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- An abridged version of the Charles Dickens classic, Dec. 2 at 8, Dec. 3 at 4, Dec. 4 at 2 and 4, Dec. 9 at 8, and Dec. 10 and 11 at 2 and 4. $9. Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496.

"JINGLE BELL ROCK" -- Dec. 2-30, Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 2 and 7, Sundays at 2, with exceptions and additions during holiday weeks. $8. Young Artists Theatre, Route 29 at Route 216, West Laurel. 301-604-2844.

"SEASONAL DISORDER" -- Dec. 2-30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 (no show Dec. 24). Stories and comedy by Washington Improv Theater. $12. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1318.

"JINGLE BELL ROCK" -- Dec. 3 at 11. holiday musical by Young Artists Theatre. County residents $3, others $4. Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. 301-937-6613.

"THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR" -- Dec. 3 at 1, 4 and 8; Dec. 4 at 1 and 4; Dec. 9 at 8; Dec. 10 at 1, 4 and 8; and Dec. 11 at 1 and 4. A family holiday musical by Encore Theatrical Arts Project. $15, seniors and students $12. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-222-5511.

"THE ANGELS WERE DANCING: A Celebration of Christmas" -- Dec. 3 at 2 and 8. by the Duncan Dancers. $10, seniors and ages 10 and younger $7. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 410-262-2490.

"LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE" -- Dec. 3 at 7:30, Dec. 4 at 2:30, Dec. 9 at 7:30, Dec. 10 at 2:30 and 7:30 and Dec. 11 at 2:30. A musical production with choir, orchestra and light show set at Christmas 1941. $10, seniors $9. Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-9111.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- Dec. 8-18, Thursdays at 8, Fridays at 7 and 9, Saturdays at 2, 4 and 8, Dec. 11 at 2 and Dec. 18 at 2 and 4. A musical adaptation of the Dickens classic by the Colonial Players. $7. Theatre in the Round, 108 East St., Annapolis. 410-268-7373.

"EBONY SCROOGE, A HIP-HOP WINTER TALE" -- Dec. 9 at 3 and 7. Music, dance and drama by Silver Spring International Middle School students. $7, seniors $5, ages 5 to 18 $3, younger free. Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington. 301-588-6279.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- Dec. 9 at 4 and 7:30. A one-man stage adaptation of the Dickens tale by Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of the author. Afternoon performance $30, evening $60. Reservations required. Oatlands, on U.S. 15 six miles south of Leesburg. 703-777-3174.

"CHRISTMAS REVELS" -- Dec. 9 at 7:30, Dec. 10 at 2 and 7:30, Dec. 11 at 2, Dec. 16 at 7:30, Dec. 17 at 2 and 7:30, Dec. 18 at 2. "Journey to the Northlands: A Musical and Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice," with music, dance and drama from Scandinavia. $18 to $40, with youth discounts. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 800-595-4849 or 202-994-6800.

"A PERFECT CHRISTMAS" -- Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 7:30. An original play about a young man's first Christmas as an adult. $10, dinner included. Reservations recommended. Church of the Apostles (Episcopal), 3500 Pickett Rd., Fairfax. 703-591-1974.

"SAINT WENCESLAS" -- Dec. 10 at 3. A musical play about the 10th-century Bohemian king. $10. Highland Center for the Arts, 597 Broadview Ave., Warrenton. 540-428-2313.

ERIKA THIMEY DANCE & THEATER Company -- Dec. 10 at 7. "Celebrate the Season," with the Potomac chapter of the Sacred Dance Guild. $10, seniors and youth $5, family $25. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. 877-422-8678.

"THE CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- Dec. 10 at 8, Dec. 11 at 3. $15, ages 12 and younger $5. Ki Theatre, Gay Street, Washington, Va. 540-987-3164.

"MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET" -- Dec. 8-9 at 8, Dec. 10 at 2 and 8, and Dec. 11 at 2. An original adaptation of the Christmas tale by Prince George's Little Theatre. $10, seniors and ages 18 and younger $7. The Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1711.

"SEASONS OF LIGHT" -- Dec. 13-16 at 10 and 11:30, the history and customs of Winter Solstice traditions around the world. $6, ages 11 and younger $4. By Discovery Theater at Round House Theater, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 202-357-3030.

"TWO FROM GALILEE" -- Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 at 7:30. $15, seniors $12, ages 4 to 12 $10, younger free. Staged by Mount Olive Baptist Church at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-920-7293.

" 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" -- Dec. 16 at 10 and noon. by Theatre IV for kindergarten through grade 5. $5. The Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1711.

"LOBSTER BOY REVUE" -- Dec. 18 at 7 and 9. "Lobster Boy's Christmas From the Deep!," a holiday variety show by Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey, Eva Brontosaurus and others. $15. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 202-462-6331.