A light sculpture of the Loch Ness monster is part of Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights. (Judith P. MacArthur)
THU 05

Crystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood The country stars known for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” team up for a holiday concert. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $39-$69.

The Garden of Lights One of the area’s largest holiday light displays includes nearly a million lights shaped into all manner of flora and fauna, rainbows and snowflakes. After a chilly walk through the lights, check out the indoor poinsettia and train display in the conservatory. Through Jan. 5. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. www.brooksidegardens.org. Monday-Thursday $20 per car, Friday-Sunday $25.

FRI 06

Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland Choral groups are showcased at this two-day event that includes ice-sculpting demonstrations and a visit from Santa. Sponsored by Bethesda Urban Partnership. An affiliated choral concert featuring the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Choir, the GW Troubadors, Capital Blend and Vox Pop will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda). Ice sculpting Saturday 1-2 p.m., followed by visits with Santa and school choirs 2-4 p.m. at Veterans Park (Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda). 301-215-6660. www.bethesda.org. Concert $10, children $5; other activities free.

Clara Graves, Anne Rocha, Caroline Thorington, Dana Mark Lyons An exhibit of silk art by Graves, acrylic paintings by Rocha, lithographs by Thorington and ink paintings by Lyons. Opens Friday. Through Jan. 26. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/
. Free.

Vian Borchert, David Hawksford, Chris Luckman A group show of acrylic paintings by Borchert, ink paintings by Hawksford and oil paintings by Luckman closes Friday. Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/kentlandsmansion. Free.

SAT 07

“The Nutcracker” puppets The Puppet Co.’s production includes marionettes and costumed characters. Thursday-Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sunday at 11:30 and 1 p.m. Through Dec. 29. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $3-$10.

“The Nutcracker” ballet The 75-member Rockville Civic Ballet performs the classic ballet as it has every year since 1974. Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Through Dec. 15. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. www.rockvillemd.gov/arts. $17, seniors and children $13.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” with the Eric Byrd Trio The animated film is shown with a jazz concert. A pre-show party with snacks and arts activities starts at 2 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. family-oriented performance. Program repeats with a longer concert at 7:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Afternoon show $14, evening show $25.

Yellow Barn member show A juried show of Yellow Barn members’ works opens Friday with a reception 5-7 p.m. Through Dec. 22. Glen Echo Park, Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-371-5593. www.yellowbarnstudio.com. Free.

Gaithersburg Jingle Jubilee The annual event includes a tree lighting, holiday music, giveaways, costumed characters and performances by the Prichard Music Honors Brass, Gaithersburg High School Band and more. Take a camera for photos with Santa, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Snow White and Spider-Man. Toy donations will be accepted on behalf of the city’s holiday giving campaign. 6-7:30 p.m. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.

Brass and voices The Rockville Brass Band and the Maryland Choral Society perform a Christmas program. All proceeds will benefit Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic. 7:30 p.m. Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. 301-718-6539. www.marylandchoralsociety.org. $20, seniors and students $15, age 10 and younger free, group rates available.

“The Four Seasons” Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and violinist Jonathan Carney leads a performance of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. www.bsomusic.org. $31-$94.

“Italianissimo” An exhibit featuring photographs by Richard Lasner and new pieces by gallery artists closes Saturday. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-922-3611. www.waverlystreetgallery.com. Free.

SUN 08

Holiday open house, art opening and concert An opening for an all-media exhibition by the Rockville Art League features holiday music performed by the Richard Montgomery High School chamber choir, Harmony Express (men’s a cappella chorus) and the Encore Singers (15-member chamber group). 1-4 p.m. Glenview Mansion, Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8660. www.rockvillemd.gov/arts. Free.

Frosty & Friends! Frosty, Rudolph and Santa pose for photos at this holiday party with a model train and miniature circus exhibition, live music, gingerbread houses, a children’s shop and refreshments. 3-6 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. www.sandyspringmuseum.org. $10 per family.

MON 09

Walk Under the Lights Part of Seneca Creek State Park’s Festival of Lights, this event is an opportunity to view more than 365 illuminated vignettes during a one- or three-mile night walk. 5-8 p.m. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/winterlights. $10, Gaithersburg residents $8 in advance, age 3 and younger free.

TUE 10

A Civil War Christmas at Home Living-history presenter Mary Lou Huff talks about food and holiday customs of the Gaithersburg and Rockville areas. Typical period gifts will be on display. 7-8:30 p.m. Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6160. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/
. $5.

WED 11

New Visarts exhibitions Mural-size installation paintings by Lauren Boilini cover the walls of the Gibbs Street Gallery, while Montgomery College art instructor Michael Sellmeyer exhibits his nonobjective paintings, drawings and prints in the Common Ground Gallery. Both open Wednesday. Through Jan. 12. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartscenter.org. Free.

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion At 3 p.m., Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter and her husband explore the world of the singer-songwriter in a workshop at Kentlands Mansion. At 7:30 p.m. the duo performs a combination of rock, blues, folk and country at the adjacent Arts Barn (311 Kent Square Rd.). Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/kentlandsmansion. Workshop and concert $50, Gaithersburg residents $48; concert only $30, Gaithersburg residents $28.

Zemer Chai The Jewish Community Choir of Washington performs works by Israeli composers and Jewish folk music from around the world. 7:30 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports