Natalie MacMaster performs Friday at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. (Columbia Artists Management Inc/NATALIE MACMASTER)
THU 06

“A Trip to the Moon” It takes a cannon to get six astronauts to the moon in this play directed by Natsu Onoda Power, based on the 1902 silent film by Georges Melies. Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through Jan. 6. Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 800-494-8497. $35-$55.

Holiday Tea Partake of a traditional English tea in George C. Marshall’s dining room. 2 p.m. George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Rd, Leesburg. 703-777-1301. www.georgecmarshall.
. $30, reservations required.

Schooner Fare This folk duo has been performing maritime melodies at Wolf Trap since 1985. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. $25.

FRI 07

“Best Christmas Pageant Ever” In this production by the Providence Players, mayhem ensues when the worst kids in the history of the world take over a church’s annual Christmas pageant. Fridays and Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. 703-280-0403. $15.

“Visit to the North Pole” This family show by the Sterling Playmakers tells the tale of Dick and Jane, who visit the Claus family and help defend the North Pole from the evil ice witch and her penguins. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. 703-437-6117. 703-444-7490. $7.

“A Rockapella Holiday” Rockapella performs a cappella classic carols and holiday tunes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. 703-993-8888. $24-$48, youth through 12th grade with an adult half-price.

Natalie MacMaster This Grammy-nominated fiddler performs her “Christmas in Cape Breton” concert featuring carols, traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies and her own signature hits. 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. $34-$50.

SAT 08

“Holiday Happenings” This exhibit features watercolors, etchings, photography, digital paintings, ribbon embroidery, fused glass, copper work, turned wood, pottery, egg shell carvings, jewelry and acrylic and oil paintings. Reception on Saturday 1-5 p.m. Through Jan. 7. Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-494-0584. Free.

“How I Paid for College” The Hub Theatre presents Broadway actor Alex Brightman playing dozens of roles in this monologue with songs based on Marc Acito’s award-winning novel by the same name. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Dec. 30. The New School of Northern Virginia, John Swayze Theatre, 9431 Silver King Ct., Fairfax. 800-494-8497. $25-$30, seniors and students $15-$20.

Alexandria Candlelight Tours Tour Carlyle House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Christ Church and the Lee-Fendall House by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and refreshments. Sunday features kid-friendly tours and an activity. Saturday 6-9 p.m., Sunday 3-6 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242. $20, seniors $15, ages 6-17 $5. Reservations recommended.

Lucketts Bluegrass The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series brings bluegrass bands Springfield Exit and the Stevens Family to the stage. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks available for purchase. 7 p.m. Lucketts Elementary School, 14550 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg. 703-771-5281. $15.

The Master Singers of Virginia This mixed a cappella ensemble opens its 19th season with a “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” 7 p.m. Saturday, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St., Leesburg. It will perform Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn and Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville. 703-829-6782. $20, seniors and students $15.

The New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County This chorus performs traditional music and holiday favorites in its 17th annual holiday concert. With the Prince William County Children’s Choir. Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Rd., Woodbridge. 703-498-8906. www.newdominionchoraliers.
. $15, seniors and students $10, ages 5-13 $5, age 4 and younger free.

SUN 09

Eclipse Chamber Orchestra The orchestra, composed of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, presents works by Vivaldi and Bach. 3 p.m. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 703-635-2770. $25, seniors $20, students free.

Asaph Dance Ensemble The ensemble presents interpretations of Handel’s “Messiah” and Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. $20, seniors and students $10.

New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra This performance of Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” features solos by soprano Diane Atherton, alto Kristin Dubenion-Smith, tenor Jason Rylander and bass Bob McDonald. 4 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-442-9404. $30, seniors $25, students $5.

MON 10

“A John Waters Christmas” The filmmaker and author’s one-man show spreads Christmas cheer as he explores holiday rituals and traditions. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. $49.50.

Ensemble da Camera of Washington The resident chamber ensemble of the George Mason University School of Music consists of clarinetist Claire Eichhorn, pianist Anna Balakerskaia and violinist/violist Ricardo Cyncynates. They will perform music by Schumann and Beethoven. 8 p.m. George Mason University, Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-1380. Free.

TUE 11

Color: Bold & Vibrant This exhibit of paintings by abstract artists Andrea Cybyk, Mary Ellen Mogee and M. Jane Johnson opens Tuesday. Reception Dec. 16 from 3-5 p.m. Through Jan. 20. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. Free.

“The Holiday Guys” The nontraditional holiday show with song, dance and silliness by Marc Kudisch and Jeffry Denman opens Tuesday and continues through Dec. 16. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. $41.

WED 12

“Finishing the Hat: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim” Mason Cabaret, an educational performance company from George Mason University, will perform this tribute to Stephen Sondheim. 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-323-0880. $20.

— Compiled by Jean Mack
from staff reports

Natalie MacMaster

3This Grammy-nominated fiddler performs her “Christmas in Cape Breton” concert Friday featuring carols, traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies and her own signature hits. 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. $34-$50.