Friday 29

ALEXANDRIA TREE-LIGHTING, with a visit from Santa, a performance of "Frosty's Follies" by the PM Dance Company, caroling and a singalong, coordinated by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 7 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St. Free. 703-838-4200 or 703-883-4686.

MOUNT VERNON CANDLELIGHT TOURS, includes the rarely-seen third floor of the mansion, costumed characters, caroling by a campfire, cider and cookies, 5-8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 15, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, George Washington Memorial Parkway. $15; 11 and younger, $8. 703-780-2000 or for tickets, 202-432-7328.

GREEN PARROT PUPPET THEATRE, "The Nutcracker: A Tale of the Hard Nut," an original adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffman story that tells why the prince was turned into the Nutcracker, noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Classika Theatre, Village at Shirlington, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12; in advance, $10. 703-824-6200.

HOLIDAY ART SHOW, " 'Tis the Season," wearable art, wall art and home furnishings, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 1 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.

ALEXANDRIA PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, "Landings: Room on the Edge," panoramic landscapes by Barbara Southworth, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

SMALL ARTWORKS, 13-by-13-inch (or smaller) works by member artists, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Dec. 24, Gallery West, 205 S. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-644-0786 or www.gallery-west.com.

ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY EXHIBIT, "Reading the Word: The Church and African American Education," photographs, documents and other artifacts relating to the post-Civil War contributions of religion, co-sponsored by the Virginia Historical Society, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. Free. 703-838-4356 or 703-519-3391.

Saturday 30

LYCEUM SCOTTISH FEST, bagpipe performances, Celtic music, Highland dance, storytelling and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

"THE NUTCRACKER," for younger children, a shortened version of the classic ballet performed by the Alexandria Ballet, noon, 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 22; 1, 2:15, 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. Dec. 7, the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. $12; 16 and younger, $9; reservations required. 703-548-0456.

"ICARUS" PLAY, performed by the Trumpet Vine Theatre, written by Edwin Sanchez, about a group of oddball dreamers whose figurative wax wings melt when they fly too close to the sun, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22, Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $20; seniors and students, $18. 703-912-1649.

ARLINGTON CONTEMPORARY ART, works by four Bulgarian artists, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 14, Marymount University, Reinsch Library, Barry Art Gallery, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-284-1648.

CLASSIKA FAMILY THEATRE, "The Snow Queen," based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 12, Village at Shirlington, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200.

ALEXANDRIA CHORAL CONCERT and holiday poetry, performed by the William Ramsay Recreation Center Young Performing Artists, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 1 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St. Free. 703-883-4686.

Sunday 1

POTOMAC SAIL, weather permitting, dory boat ride on the Potomac River, includes discussion of Alexandria history, sponsored by Alexandria Seaport Foundation, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Waterfront Park, between Prince and King streets. $8 suggested donation; reservations required. 703-549-7078.

MOUNT VERNON ORCHESTRA, concert, 7 p.m., West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria. $20; seniors and college students, $17; 17 and younger, free. 703-799-8229.

Monday 2

ART AWARENESS CLASS, for 55 and older, discussion about fakes, frauds and forgeries; different topics each session, first and second Mondays of each month, 1-3 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Action Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-228-5722.

Tuesday 3

"THE CHRISTMAS CAROL RAG," musical theater adaptation of the Charles Dickens work, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22, Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $20-$38. 703-218-6500.

"CONTROVERSY OF THE CONSTITUTION," history lecture by James McClellan, sponsored by Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Carlyle House, 7:30 p.m.; refreshments, 7 p.m., Gadsby's, Ballroom, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; reservations recommended. 703-838-4242.

VIETNAMESE COOKING DEMONSTRATION, for seniors, 10 a.m., Carver Community Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-228-5700.

FORT WARD PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, "Civil War Alexandria Through the Camera's Eye," featuring images of Alexandria as a military base and transportation center for the Union army, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Free. 703-838-4848.

Wednesday 4

"METALWORK 2002," biennial exhibition of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths featuring jewelry, vessels and sculpture, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Jan. 12, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565.

-- Compiled by Sarah Lane

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