HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAYS

Take a guided tour of six sites along Loudoun, Ayr and Market streets in Leesburg or set your own pace in a self-guided tour. The Loudoun Museum's History of the Holidays Walking Tour features interpreters telling the story of each home and a history of the traditions of Christmas, especially in Leesburg. Participants receive a guidebook with details of 12 local homes and additional information about the history of the holidays in Leesburg. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Copies of the guidebook, $2; guided tours, $5. 703-777-7427.

JAZZY "NUTCRACKER"

The Institute of Performing Arts for Youth, a nonprofit performing dance company in residence at Creative Dance Center II in Ashburn and Creative Dance Center I in Chantilly sponsor the annual children's production of "Nutcracker in a Shell -- All Jazz'd Up." Children from the studios perform a shortened version of the popular ballet with jazz, lyrical dance and tap added to the mix of choreography. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Farmwell Station Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Pkwy., Ashburn. $8; children 3-10, $6; seniors, $6; children younger than 3, free. 703-724-4900 or 703-378-1800.

A NATURAL ARTIST

Patricia Bason, a commercial artist turned pro, captures the beauty of nature in watercolor. Although her subject matter varies, favorite motifs include horses, flowers and wildlife. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, through Dec. 15; reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow. Medlin Art Gallery, 2 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. Free. 703-771-8696.

Patricia Bason's nature watercolors will be displayed at Medlin Art Gallery in Leesburg.