Men Without Hats This Canadian band released its seventh studio album, “Love in the Age of War,” in June. With Right the Stars. 8:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $19 in advance, $23 at the door.
“A Thomas Nast Christmas: The Civil War in Political Cartoons” The exhibition, on loan from the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, N.J., features some of Nast’s most beloved holiday images. Friday-Wednesday. Through Jan. 15. Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. 703-548-1789. www.leefendallhouse.org. $5, ages 5-17 $3.
“Once Upon a Christmas Carol” A musical version of the Charles Dickens classic performed by Run Rabbit Run Theatre. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-668-6779. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. www.rrrtheatre.org. $16, seniors $12, age 12 and younger $10.
Alexandria Harmonizers Holiday Dinner Theater The Alexandria Harmonizers sing carols and seasonal favorites and perform a lighthearted musical play. Dinner is served by singing waiters. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. First Baptist Church, 2932 King St., Alexandria. 571-969-1377. www.harmonizers.org. $30, seniors $25, children $15 .
Neil Young & Crazy Horse The recently released “Psychedelic Pill” is the first album of original music from Neil Young with Crazy Horse in almost 10 years. 7:30 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328. 703-993-3000. www.patriotcenter.com. $47.50-$233.
“A Christmas Carol” The Little Theatre of Alexandria performs Charles Dickens’s classic. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m. and Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496. www.thelittletheatre.com. $15.
“Die Fledermaus” The Virginia Opera Company performs Strauss’s operetta. Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. Friday $44-$86, Sunday $48-$98.
Jazz 4 Justice concert The music and legal communities in Prince William County have partnered to present this concert by the Mason Jazz Ensemble. Proceeds will help fund the Prince William County Bar Foundation’s law-related education and service projects and provide scholarships to students in GMU’s School of Music. 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $20, seniors and students $15.
Manassas Christmas Parade Santa Claus arrives in Manassas with a procession of floats, marching bands and animated characters. 10 a.m. The parade travels down Mathis Avenue, into Old Town Manassas. 703-369-9030. www.gmchristmasparade.org. Free.
Scottish Christmas Walk Celebrate Alexandria’s Scottish heritage with a parade of more than 100 Scottish clan societies, pipe-and-drum bands, reenactment groups, floats, high school marching bands, vintage cars and Santa. 11 a.m. The parade begins at Wilkes and South St. Asaph atreets and ends at King and Royal atreets, Alexandria. 703-549-0111. www.scottishchristmaswalk.com. Free.
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Alexandria’s harbor will light up when more than 50 brightly lighted sailing and powered leisure boats cruise the Potomac at the city’s historic waterfront. Santa arrives by fireboat at 4:15. Boat parade begins at dusk. Alexandria Marina, King and Union Streets, Alexandria. 703-746-3301. www.visitalexandriava.com. Free.
Reston Chorale and Amadeus Brass Get in the holiday spirit with this performance of John Rutter’s “Gloria” and sacred and secular music of the season. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restonchorale.org. $25, seniors $20, age 15 and younger free.
Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-Along The annual musical celebration features Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs performed by the U.S. Marine Band and choir and vocal groups from the Washington area. Bring a candle and join the tradition of exiting Filene Center in a candlelight processional. 4 p.m. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1900. www.wolftrap.org. Free.
“The Nutcracker” A ballet performance by the Dance Academy of Loudoun about Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Freedom High School, 15201 Neabso Mills Rd., Woodbridge. 703-443-1093. www.danceloudoun.com. $15, age 12 and younger $12.
Danu Direct from Ireland, this ensemble performs Christmas music with vocals and traditional Celtic instruments. 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $23-$46, youth through grade 12 with an adult half price.
The Souljazz Orchestra This Canadian group has been performing soul, jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean rhythms for 10 years. With the 8 Ohms Band, a horn heavy funk and soul group from Annapolis. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $15.
Chucho Valdes The Cuban jazz pianist performs a blend of Cuban music with African roots and North American jazz. 7 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $30-$46.
Blood, Sweat & Tears This Grammy-winning horn band began in New York’s Greenwich Village in the late ’60s. Original members have moved on, but the band continues to sell out shows. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $49.50.
“Handmade Holidays: The Clay Sleigh” Original ceramic ornaments are displayed in this holiday-themed show. Through Jan. 6. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288. www.torpedofactory.org. Free.
Sandy Bainum This holiday concert features songs from Bainum’s new CD, “This Christmas.” 7 p.m. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org. Free; donations accepted to benefit TheatreWashington’s Taking Care of Our Own initiative.
“ARTiculate” Suzanne Jepson’s exhibit of acrylic paintings, including still-lifes and scenes from her travels, opens Tuesday. Reception Dec. 8 from 1-4 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. www.loftgallery.org. Free.
Robert Cray Band Soul and blues musician Robert Cray released his latest album, “Nothin But Love,” in August. With boogie-woogie piano man Daryl Davis. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $49.50.
Devon Allman Band Singer, songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist Devon Allman will release his first solo CD, “Turquoise,” in February. 8:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $13 advance; $16 day of show.
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3The Virginia Opera Company performs Strauss’s operetta. Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. Friday $44-$86, Sunday $48-$98.