The National Gallery Sculpture Garden and Ice Rink opens this weekend. (MATT MCCLAIN/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The ice rink in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden still remains a “best kept secret,” even with its fantastic location and the many works of art serving as a backdrop for gliding around the ice. You can see for yourself what makes it one of the best places in the area to skate when the rink opens for the season on Saturday.

Characters from DreamWorks’ “Madagascar” will be brought to life at National Harbor and the results are chillingly close to the animated movie. Sculptors came from as far away as China to carve up 2 million pounds of ice and create a wintery safari setting for you to explore on foot as part of “ICE!

A Christmas Carol” is one of those classic holiday stories that returns to television and the stage year after year after year. Published in 1843, Charles Dickens’s story of grumpy moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge traveling to Christmases in the past, present and future has always served to reenforce the true meaning of the holiday season. At Ford’s Theatre, Washington acting institution Edward Gero will take on the role of the miserly Scrooge.