Tribute at the Tomb A wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s tomb occurs daily. Noon. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $17, age 62 and older $16, ages 6 to 11 $8, age 5 and younger free.
Winter Walk of Lights Walk on a paved trail to see more than 500,000 LED lights and displays that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, a two-story animated fountain and a gingerbread village. 5:30-10 p.m. through Jan. 4. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. 703-255-3631. www.winterwalkoflights.com. $12-$13, $5-$8 ages 3 to 12.
Black Friday and Shop Small Alexandria Shop at more than 50 independently owned stores this weekend. Find one of 20 stuffed-animal black Scottie dogs hidden throughout Old Town and Del Ray and receive a prize. Free parking at meters and all city-owned garages and parking lots on Friday. Friday-Saturday. King and Alfred streets, Alexandria. www.blackfridayalexandria.com . Free.
Reston Holiday Festivities The 24th annual event begins with the Gingerbread Man Mile run at 8 a.m., followed by a parade featuring balloons, marching bands and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The day winds down with a tree lighting, singalong and horse-drawn carriage rides. 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston. 703-476-9377. www.restontowncenter.com. Free.
Christmas at Mount Vernon Guests can tour George Washington’s home decorated with Christmas trees. There will be chocolate-making demonstrations, musical performances and holiday crafts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., through Jan. 6. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $17, $16 age 62 and older, $8 ages 6to 11, free age 5 and younger.
Gainesville Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Starring New York City Ballet principal dancers Teresa Reichlen and Ask la Cour, Gainesville Ballet’s professional company and students of the school perform. 2 and 7 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $15-$35, seniors and students $10-$30.
City of Alexandria’s Tree Lighting Ceremony The holiday festivities include performances by the Adoration Ringers of First Baptist Church of Alexandria, the West Springfield High School Madrigals and the Little Theatre of Alexandria. The tree-lighting with Santa Claus is followed by caroling. 5:15 p.m. Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 703-746-5592. www.alexandriava.gov/recreation. Free.
The Seldom Scene The bluegrass band released “Long Time: Seldom Scene” this year. With Dry Branch Fire Squad. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.
“One Man, Two Guvnors” This comedy is an English adaptation of “Servant of Two Masters.” Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through Dec. 28. 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. www.1ststagetysons.org. $28, seniors 65 and older $23, military and students $15.
John Eaton The singer, pianist, humorist and musicologist performs “The Swinging ’30s” 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 877-965-3872. www.wolftrap.org. $25-$27.
Alonzo Bodden The New York stand-up comic won the third season of “Last Comic Standing.” Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-486-2345. www.arlingtondrafthouse.com. $22.
Classical Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” The Herndon ballet company presents the traditional holiday show. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. 703-471-0750. www.cbtnva.org. $25; seniors, students and children $20; military and scouts $18.
Northern Virginia Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” The Manassas dance company and its school perform with American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky. 2 and 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $35; seniors, military and students $25.
Better Said Than Done The local storytelling troupe presents “Leftovers: Stories About Gluttony, Forgotten Things and Do-Overs.” 7 p.m. Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. 703-293-9600. www.bettersaidthandone.com. $10.
Jimmy Gaudreau and Orrin Star The Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series presents two musicians who are both masters of the mandolin and the guitar. 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. 703-435-8377. www.hclcbluegrass.wordpress.com . $15, age 12 and younger free.
Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders The singer-songwriter blends Appalachian, blues and folk music. 8 p.m. Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. $20, seniors and students $15.
Seraphic Fire Christmas The Grammy-nominated a cappella group sings carols, contemporary holiday favorites and Gregorian chant. 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $30-$50, half price for youth through 12th grade.
The Spotlighters Patriotic and holiday songs will be performed by the traveling ensemble of the Spotsylvanians Community Chorus. Noon. National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. 877-635-1775. www.usmcmuseum.com. Free.
“A Chanticleer Christmas” The Grammy-winning all-male a cappella group presents its annual holiday concert. 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 888-945-2468. www.hyltoncenter.org. $30-$50, half price for youngsters through 12th grade.
Ongoing exhibits Visualize the life of America’s first president at George Washington’s home and burial place through tours and personal artifacts from the Washingtons. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $17,age 62 and older $16, ages 6 to 11 $8, age 5 and younger free.
“From the Ground Up” The opening of artist Pattee Hipschen’s exhibit, which features rural landscapes. Artist reception is Dec. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Through Jan. 11. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. www.artspaceherndon.org. Free.
Shirlie Lights Up the Village The tree-lighting event includes photos with Santa, horse and carriage rides and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Village at Shirlington, 4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-5027. www.villageatshirlington.com . Free.
David Cook The singer-songwriter won the seventh season of “American Idol” and released “Laying Me Low” in 2013. Proceeds from the concert benefit brain cancer research. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $25-$35.
“Paper Love” book talk Journalist Sarah Wildman discusses her book about her search for the woman her grandfather left when he fled Europe during World War II. 7 p.m. One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., No. 101, Arlington. 703-300-9746. www.onemorepagebooks.com. Free.
Melanie Fiona The rhythm-and-blues singer-songwriter performs. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $45.
— Compiled by Sarah Lane
3The Grammy-winning all-male a cappella group presents its annual holiday concert. Sunday at 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 888-945-2468. www.hyltoncenter.org. $30-$50, half price for youth through 12th grade.