HOLIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS -- Noon and 1 p.m. daily through Dec. 16. Local elementary and middle school choirs perform. The Mall at Prince George's, center court, East West Highway and Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-8844.

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA -- 8 p.m. today. Rhythm and blues singers Babyface, En Vogue and Charlie Wilson perform. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $65. 301-952-7999.

SAMSONS TOUCH -- 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Borders. Reggae and world music. Tomorrow at 4420 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie, 301-352-5560; Saturday at 931-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, 301-499-2173. Free.

THE 257TH ARMY BAND -- THE BAND OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL -- 7:30 p.m. Monday. Classical and holiday music. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

OKTBRWRLD -- 8:30 p.m. next Thursday and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Borders Books & Music. Soul music. Next Thursday at 4420 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie, 301-352-5560; Dec. 17 at 931-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, 301-499-2173. Free.

JEFF MAJORS -- 8 p.m. Dec. 17. The gospel artist and radio and television personality gives a holiday performance. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $20-$30. 301-277-1711.

JIMMY LAROCCA'S ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND -- 8 p.m. Dec. 17. New Orleans-style jazz. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $20; seniors and students, $15. 301-203-6070.

INDIGO AND FRIENDS -- 3 p.m. Dec. 20 and Dec. 22. A 13-year-old harpist performs holiday music. Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

For Children

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA -- 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. For ages 4-12. Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights. $5; nonresidents, $6. Reservation deadline is today. 301-736-5355.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA -- 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. For ages 2-8. South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. $5; nonresidents, $6. Registration, 301-249-1622.

CHRISTMAS STORIES -- 11 a.m. Monday. For ages 3-5. Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-9330.

HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Kaydee Puppets presents "Mrs. C Saves the Day." Sponsored by Friends of the Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free, limited to first 200 participants. 301-262-7000.

"KIDS BY KANDLELIGHT" -- 4-7 p.m. Dec. 17. For ages 5-11 accompanied by an adult, candlelight tours of a decorated historic home, holiday crafts and refreshments. Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free, donations requested. Reservations, 301-809-3089.

"A CARNIVAL CHRISTMAS" -- 1-3 p.m. Dec. 17. For ages 5-12, carnival games, crafts, a tour of a "winter wonderland," photos with Santa, candy bags and refreshments. $3; nonresidents, $4. Carnival games require tickets, priced at six for $1. Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Suitland. 301-736-3518.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND HOLIDAY SHOPPING -- 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 17. For ages 18 months-12 years, breakfast (until 11 a.m.), crafts, games and shopping from a variety of vendors. Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $20 for one adult and one child; $7 each additional child. Reservations required by Tuesday. 301-583-2400.

HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW AND CAMPFIRE -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 17. For ages 3-12, animal puppets tell the story of "The Night Before Christmas." Plus roasted marshmallows, games and s'mores. Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $3. Reservations, 301-927-2163.

KWANZAA STORIES -- 11 a.m. Dec. 19. For ages 3-5. Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-9330.


"A CHRISTMAS STORY" -- 5 p.m. Dec. 21. Screening of the 1983 holiday comedy, based on a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd and directed by Bob Clark, about a boy's Christmas in the 1940s. Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.


And Literature

CHUCK BROWN -- 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Karibu Books. Local go-go legend will sign his holiday CD, "The Spirit of Christmas." 2 p.m. the Mall at Prince George's, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville, 301-559-1140; 5 p.m. at Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, 301-899-3730. Free.

AN EVENING WITH DEBRA MIMS -- 7 p.m. Dec. 29. The storyteller uses items from an old trunk to recount stories about black women's efforts to gain freedom, vote and become educated. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $3; residents, $2. 301-203-6040.


BILL SUWOROFF -- 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, reception. Through Jan. 14. Furniture and wall sculptures made from sticks and branches. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

"MAMA CAN SING, PAPA CAN BLOW" -- Closes Saturday. Story quilts, paintings, drawings and prints by Faith Ringgold, from her Jazz Stories 2004 series. Second-floor atrium art gallery, 1202 Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Free. 301-405-2763.

"BOUNDARIES: CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE" -- Through Dec. 22. Landscapes by Karey Kessler, Isabel Manalo, Jiha Moon and Christine Buckton Tillman. Union Gallery, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, Campus Drive, College Park. Free. 301-314-8493.

BREON GILLERAN -- Through Dec. 28. Steel sculptures by the artist. Montpelier Arts Center, Library Gallery, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

PATUXENT ART LEAGUE OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION -- Through Dec. 28. Multimedia works by regional artists. Montpelier Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

"COLOR AND CURVES" -- Through Dec. 31. Bead-accented jewelry by Karen Mesinger Miller. Montpelier Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

"REDISCOVERING EARLY FLIGHT THROUGH A LENS: PHOTOGRAPHING THE WRIGHT EXPERIENCE" -- Through Dec. 31. Photographs of Wright brothers gliders and powered machines under construction, in testing and in flight, by Paul Glenshaw. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free. 301-864-6029.

Theater and Dance

"MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET" -- 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Prince George's Little Theatre performs the holiday favorite about a girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus, until she meets a certain Mr. Kringle. Prince George's Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $10; ages 18 and younger, $7. 301-277-1710.

3RD ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF DANCE -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Area companies, including the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and the Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center, will perform. High Point High School, Allan Choitner Auditorium, 3601 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville. $10; seniors, students and children, $6. 301-908-4079.

DANE COOK -- 8 p.m. Tuesday. Stand-up comedy. University of Maryland's Cole Field House. Campus Drive, College Park. $41; students, $21. 301-314-9845.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- A STORY IN ONE ACT" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Bowie High School presents Cora Wilson Greenwood's adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. $8; seniors and students, $3. 301-805-2857.

"ANNE OF GREEN GABLES" -- Through Dec. 18. Presented by Laurel Mill Playhouse. 508 Main St., Laurel. $12.50; seniors and students, $10. 301-617-9906.

"THE SHOEMAKER AND THE ELVES" -- 7 p.m. Dec. 12. A two-act play. Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.


And Exercise

ICE SKATING WITH SANTA -- 1-3 p.m. Saturday. With a disc jockey, general skating session for all ages and skill levels. Tucker Road Ice Rink, 1770 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. $4; nonresidents, $5, plus $2 for skate rental. 301-265-1525.

PIZZA AND ICE SKATING WITH SANTA -- Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 18. Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. $6, including pizza and skate rental. 301-277-3717.


HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR -- 6-9 p.m. today through Saturday. Live holiday music, refreshments and a tour of a candlelit mansion decorated by local community groups and garden clubs. Montpelier Mansion, 9401 Montpelier Dr., Laurel. $3; ages 5-18, $1; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-953-1376.

CHRISTMAS DANCE -- 8-11 p.m. tomorrow. With DJ Doctor Jay, featuring contemporary, big band, ballroom, Latin, swing and country music. Sponsored by the Laurel Friendship Club. Phelps Center, Eighth and Montgomery streets, Laurel. $3. 301-937-2896.

TEA AT A MANSION -- 4-6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 30. For adults, a high tea with seasonal treats and a candlelight tour of a decorated mansion. Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. $20. Reservations and advance payment required. 301-809-3089.

LAUREL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE -- 3-6 p.m. Saturday. Carolers, a Victorian-era Santa, decorations and light refreshments. Snow Hill Manor, 13301 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-725-6037.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST AND SHOW -- Noon-5 p.m. through Sunday. Visitors vote for their favorites for the Viewers' Choice Award. Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $1; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-952-8010.

"SANTA'S BIG BROADCAST" -- 1-4 p.m. Dec. 17. Holiday-themed episodes of vintage radio and television programs. Radio and Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Free; donations accepted. 301-390-1020 or

VICTORIAN CANDLELIGHT TOURS -- 5-9 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18; 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19. A Civil War-era Santa Claus, 19th-century-style displays of greenery, antique dolls, toys, greeting cards and ornaments. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. $3; seniors, $2; 5-17, $1; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-868-1121.

HOLIDAY SOCIAL -- 5-8 p.m. Dec. 21. For all ages, music by a DJ, karaoke and refreshments. Holiday attire encouraged. Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. $10; free with center ID. 301-248-4404.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION -- 7-10 p.m. Dec. 27. Learn the history and meaning behind the holiday; refreshments served. Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. $5; nonresidents, $6. Registration, 301-352-8983.

HOLIDAY TOURS AT RIVERSDALE -- 7-9 p.m. Dec. 29-30. Candlelight tours, costumed reenactors, refreshments and children's activities in a mansion decorated with fresh greenery. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. $5; ages 12 and younger, free. 301-864-0420.

"LAST DAY CELEBRATION" -- 2 p.m. Dec. 31. Stories, games, face painting and more. Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION -- 7-10 p.m. Dec. 30. Coyaba African Dance Company performs. Includes refreshments; focuses on the meaning of the fifth principle of Kwanzaa, nia. Allentown Fitness and Splash Park, 7210 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington. $8; ages 17 and younger, $6. Reservations, 301-449-5567.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- 5-9:30 p.m. through Jan. 1. The 19th annual show features a 21/2 -mile course of animated and illuminated displays, including Santa and his hoofed friends, a light-accented train station, a carousel and a decorated holiday tree. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $5 per car or van. Admission is free Dec. 25. Canned donations for local food banks are welcome. 301-699-2456.

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"A Christmas Story," a1983 comedy starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, top, will be shown at Hillcrest Heights Branch Library. Above, Chuck Brown, the godfather of go-go, will sign his holiday CD at Karibu Books. At left, Darnall's Chance House Museum hosts a gingerbread house display.