'It's the most wonderful time of the year . . . the happiest season of all." So says a popular holiday song. Everywhere you look, singers, dancers, bakers and others are offering tempting holiday treats for the eyes, ears, tummies and curious minds. Here are a few that caught our attention.
Make your own paper holiday ornaments at this free family event. Your hosts supply the paper and other materials; you supply the creativity. If you have special paper you want to use, bring it.
No registration is required. The more the merrier!
Saturday at 2 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, Maryland. wapo.st/ornament workshop.
For tradition, you can't top the Vienna Boys Choir, which began singing for Austrian royalty more than 500 years ago. Today's choir, 100 boys ages 9 to 14, is split into four touring groups that together give 300 performances each year around the world.
One of these groups will sing at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. The choirboys come from 12 countries and include a 12-year-old from Pennsylvania who is on his first major tour.
Each choir travels for up to 11 weeks a year and then returns to Vienna, where the boys live in a 200-year-old palace that is also their school. Classes are taught in German, and the 10-hour school day includes at least two hours of instruction in all types of music.
Sunday at 2 p.m. George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, Virginia. Kids $16.50-$27.50, adults $33-$55. cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/2506.
Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Ramadan, Diwali, Las Posadas . . .
Learn about other people's celebrations, and maybe expand your own, at Discovery Theater's "Seasons of Light." This popular hands-on event is in its 19th season. It's geared toward ages 5 to 10, but older kids and even adults will enjoy the cultural bridge-building.
Weekdays through December 21. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive Southwest, Washington, D.C. Kids $3-$6, adults $8. discoverytheater.org.
The Maryland Science Center has more holiday activities than Santa has reindeer. Its 12 Days of Science event runs from December 21 to January 1. Tundra games, flip-flop fun and an indoor Olympics are some of the cool events planned.
Also, the Gingerbread Lane stroll-through village is open until January 7. Weekend visitors can check out the Science Is Sweet activity and see whether their gingerbread house can withstand a pretend earthquake.
Open Tuesday through Sunday. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Kids $18.95, adults $24.95. (Imax movies are an additional charge.) mdsci.org.
Who hasn't wanted to dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy or the evil Mouse King in "The Nutcracker"? The magical Russian ballet is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. It's a fixture of the holidays around the globe, performed by everyone from children dressed as mice to world-acclaimed ballerinas. The grand entrance to the White House even has a "Nutcracker" theme this year.
Now comes a twist on the classic tale: an interactive digital show called "Imaginary World of the Nutcracker." Powerful projectors surround visitors with images of toys, snowflakes and characters from the ballet. It's "The Nutcracker" as you've never seen it.
Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through January 7. Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, D.C. Age 12 and younger $8, students $12, adults $15. wapo.st/imaginaryworld.