Mount Vernon Triangle Santa Celebration The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with Santa posing for photos with kids, adults and dogs at the plaza, Fifth and K streets NW. There will also be a hot chocolate bar, cookies, popcorn and dog treats. From 6:30-8 p.m., Le Pain Quotidien (433 Massachusetts Ave. NW) offers Belgian chocolate, organic hot beverages and more holiday treats. Unwrapped gifts and new gift cards will be collected for Central Union Mission’s Operation Christmas Miracle. 301-661-1448. www.mvtcid.org. Free.
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie Jugglers, acrobats and illusionists join the orchestra conducted by Steven Reineke. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. www.kennedy-center.org. $20-$98.
Step Afrika! The step company performs its annual “Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show.” Opens with a preview Thursday at 7:30 p.m., continues Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 22. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 301-405-2787. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. Preview: $32; seniors, military and students $20; age 17 and younger $15. Regular tickets: $38; seniors, military and students $25; age 17 and younger $15.
“Terminus” Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe serves up three disturbing vignettes involving back-street abortion, a demon made of worms and a serial killer with an angelic voice heard only by his victims. Thursday-Saturday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Jan. 4. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $20-$30.
Maxi Priest The reggae star from South London performs. With Ruth-Ann Brown. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $27.50-$60 in advance, $32 day of show.
“Setting the World on Fire, One Painting at a Time” Peter Kephart uses fire to create landscape and abstract paintings. This show features new works. Opens Friday with a reception 5-8 p.m., and a demonstration Saturday 2-6 p.m. Exhibition remains on view through Jan. 31. Zenith Gallery Salon, 1429 Iris St. NW. 202-783-2963. www.zenithgallery.com. Free.
Georgetown Glow Public art and light installations from local, regional and international artists and lighting company Citelum brighten Georgetown’s streets during the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s annual event. Look for lights on M Street, the Book Hill section on upper Wisconsin, Washington Harbour and in office building plazas south of M Street. Businesses will offer promotions and decorate their windows. The weekend also features carolers and ice skating at the Washington Harbour rink. Friday-Sunday at 6-10 p.m. 202-298-9222. www.georgetowndc.com/holiday. Free.
“See You See” Jameson Freeman’s site-specific show explores the ideas of voyeurism, exhibitionism and privacy as the audience walks through the venue. 7 p.m. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-681-3778. www.artsclubofwashington.org. www.fabum.org. $20.
NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas Harold Mabern, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut play jazz versions of their favorite Christmas selections. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $69.
Washington Revels In celebration of the winter solstice, the choral group presents “The Christmas Revels,” a holiday program with a cast of more than 100, featuring music from 19th-century Ireland, Irish dancing and a mummers play. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Closes Sunday. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 301-587-3835. www.revelsdc.org. $18-$50, youth $12-$32.
Russian Winter Festival Hillwood’s holiday festivities include a play based on traditional Russian stories of Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden (with a chance to talk to the characters and take photos with them), costumed fortunetellers, Russian folk music and crafts. Make your own kokoshnik, a woman’s headdress, or a man’s hat. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $18, seniors $15, college students $10, ages 6-18 $5, younger free.
2014 NatsFest This off-season celebration features interactive games, batting cages, Q&A sessions with players and management, and a toy drive to benefit Greater Washington Urban League. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chance to win a meeting with a player (one entry form per gift, no limit). Ten donors will be randomly selected to meet with a Nationals player, take pictures and receive autographs later in the afternoon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 888-632-6287. washington.nationals.mlb.com. In advance $20, children $10; day of event $25, children $15.
D.C. Santa Crawl Thousands are expected to attend this Dupont Circle pub crawl featuring food and drink specials at 12 or more bars. You need not dress as Santa, but do wear something festive. Unwrapped toys will be accepted on behalf of Toys for Tots. Register between 1 and 5 p.m. at BlackFinn or the Front Page. 1-10 p.m. BlackFinn American Saloon, 1620 I St. NW. www.dcsantacrawl.com. $15 online, $30 at the door.
Ellis Paul The singer-songwriter has won thirteen Boston Music Awards. With Luke Brindley. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $20 in advance, $23 day of the show.
The Slackers The New York ska band performs. With Mephiskapheles and the Shifters. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $17.
“Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan” and “Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics” Two exhibitions open Saturday at the Freer. In the first, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquerware and ceramics show how Chinese arts and ideas influenced medieval Japan between 1192 and 1867. The second looks at 17th-century Japanese vessels fired in Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kilns. Through June 14. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. asia.si.edu. Free.
Culinary Women in Words Regional cookbook authors and editors, including The Post’s Bonnie Benwick, will participate in the holiday book sale and signing to benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier, a women’s culinary leadership organization. There will also be recipe samples served. 3-6 p.m. Salon ILO, 1637 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-973-2168. www.lesdamesdc.org. $25 in advance, $35 at door.
Holiday Tap Takeover and Can Drive The fourth annual event features 50 seasonal beers on tap. Bring a canned food donation for Martha’s Table and get a four-ounce taster of any beer free. Bring two cans, get two tasters. 4 p.m. ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. 202-567-2576. www.churchkeydc.com. Free.
“Pippin” Josh Kaufman, winner of 2014’s “The Voice,” stars in the musical featuring acrobatics and magic. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 4. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.thenationaldc.com. $37-$352.
National Menorah Lighting The eight nights of Hanukkah commence with the lighting of what’s billed as the world’s largest menorah. Visitors also can snack on hot latkes and doughnuts, spin dreidels and catch performances by the U.S. Army Band, the Three Cantors and Alex Clare. Gates open at 3:15 p.m., ceremony at 4 p.m. The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. www.nationalmenorah.org. Free, registration required.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The progressive rock band performs its 1998 rock opera, “The Christmas Attic,” live for the first time, coinciding with a re-release of the recording. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. www.verizoncenter.com. $42-$73.
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