Bull Run Festival of Lights (2008 photo by TRACY A. WOODWARD/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Between the States: Photographs From the American Civil War Rare historical photographs of Civil War sites are on loan from the George Eastman House collection in Rochester, N.Y. The exhibit highlights how photography was used to record the war, promote popular causes and commemorate those who sacrificed their lives. Through Jan. 7. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. 703-368-1873. www.manassasmuseum.org. $5, seniors and children $4.

Christmas at Mount Vernon This traditional daytime program features themed decorations, including 12 Christmas trees, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing and tours of the rarely open third floor of the mansion. Through Jan. 6. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $15, seniors $14, age 6-11 $7, age 5 and younger free.

Escape to Black Friday More than 100 Workhouse artists have created gifts in all price ranges for your shopping convenience. Shop or watch artist demonstrations and workshops. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. Free.

“All I Want for Christmas” Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents a song and dance extravaganza about what happens when the North Pole becomes infected with the “Gimme! Gimme! Flu Virus.” Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $17-$30.

The Seldom Scene This bluegrass band was formed in 1971 in Bethesda and continues to attract new audiences. With bluegrass band 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.

Capitol Steps This D.C.-based comedy troupe offers an evening of political satire to benefit Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. 8 p.m. Tuscarora High School, 801 N. King St., Leesburg. 703-737-6772. www.loudounhabitat.org. $40.

“Altar Boyz” This pop-rock musical comedy is about a fictitious boy band on the last night of its national “Raise the Praise” tour. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Dec. 30. 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. www.1ststagespringhill.org. $30, students $15.

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palm Orchestra holiday show The orchestra performs the big-band music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. 8 p.m. Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria. 703-548-8899. www.thecarlyleclub.com. $35.

The Grandsons This Wammie-winning group returns to Wolf Trap for an evening of Americana rock-and-roll music. 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org. $18.

SAT 24

“A Magical Christmas” This live children’s theater performance is about Santa and the magic of Christmas. Saturdays at 1 p.m. Through Dec. 22. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. $12, children $8.

“The Nutcracker” The Fairfax Ballet Company performs the holiday favorite with students from the Russell School of Ballet and guest artists from the San Diego City Ballet. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. 703-803-2977. www.fairfaxballet.com/nutcracker. $22-$25.

“Six Characters in Search of an Author” WSC Avant Bard presents Luigi Pirandello’s play, which finds actors and a director interrupted by orphan characters, seeking to have their story told. Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 9. Artisphere, Black Box Theater, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. $10-$35.

John Eaton The jazz pianist performs classics by composers George Gershwin and Harold Arlen. 7:30 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org. $25.

“Chanticleer Christmas” The Grammy-winning a cappella group presents a holiday program featuring Gregorian chants, motets, sacred works, traditional English and European carols, American folk hymns and contemporary music. Saturday at 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, and Sunday at 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu. www.hyltoncenter.org. $24-$48.

SUN 25

Duncan Sheik This Grammy- and Tony-winning singer, songwriter and composer began his musical career in 1996. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $29.50.

MON 26

“Small Works” This photography exhibit, juried by F. Lennox Campello, features works under 12 inches in size. Through Jan. 6. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-2205. www.torpedofactory.org. Free.

Vienna Holiday Stroll Get into the holiday spirit as you walk along Church Street in Vienna’s historic district and listen to caroling, see Santa and a petting zoo and roast marshmallows around a bonfire. 6-9 p.m. Historic Church Street, Vienna. 703-938-5187. 703-255-6300. www.historicviennainc.org. Free.

TUE 27

“Night Windows” This exhibit features 3-D, mixed-media constructions in lighted boxes by Sam Miller. Through Dec. 20. Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-845-6200. www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter. Free.

Graham Parker & the Rumour This British rock band released a new album, “Three Chords Good,” this month. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.

WED 28

Steep Canyon Rangers The North Carolina-based bluegrass group performs smooth vocals and harmonies. 8 p.m. CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. $15-$30.

— Compiled by Jean Mack from staff reports

Bull Run lights festival

3For more than 12 years, this drive-through light display has been popular a holiday activity. Mondays-Thursdays 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fridays-Sundays 5:30-10 p.m. Through Jan. 6. In December, a holiday village with carnival games and rides will be open Fridays-Sundays 5:30-10 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. 703-631-0550. www.nvrpa.org/parks/brfestoflights. $15-$55, unlimited carnival rides $20, single tickets and ticket sheets also available.