Correction: The listing included an incorrect address and Web page for Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton. The center is at 1400 Glenallen Ave., and information about it can be found online at www.montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/brookside. This version has been updated.
“The Nutcracker,” puppets are used to tell the holiday tale. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $10. 301-634-5380.
Rockville Town Square ice rink, noon to 10 p.m. weekdays (to 11 p.m. Friday); 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. 131 Gibbs St., Rockville. $8; age 12 and younger, $7. Skate rental, $3. 301-545-1999. www.rockvilletownsquare.com.
Holiday art show and sale, ceramics, glassworks, photography, paintings, jewelry and more. Sponsored by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Noon-6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 6. Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. www.glenecho
park.org or 301-634-2222.
Garden of Lights, a half-mile walk through a holiday display that includes more than 1 million lights. 5:30 p.m. daily (last entry at 8:30 p.m.). Live music, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton. $20-$25 per vehicle. 301-962-1457 or www.montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/brookside.
“Winter Lights Festival,” a 3.5-mile drive past 380 illuminated displays and 60 animated vignettes. 6 p.m. nightly (except Mondays) through Dec. 30. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. $15 per vehicle. 301-258-6350 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov/winterlights.
Parenting workshop, for parents of children age 5 and younger; a presentation on “Setting Limits With Young Children.” Sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30; registration required. 301-929-8824 or www.pepparent.org.
Gaithersburg Holiday Giving program, individuals, businesses, congregations, and other groups are needed to “adopt” local families by providing food baskets and gifts, such as gift cards. 301-258-6395, Ext. 4, www.gaithersburgmd.gov or email@example.com.
Meals on Wheels drivers needed, deliveries in the Gaithersburg area take place during late morning and early afternoon. Pickups are at Asbury Methodist Village, 333 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. Mary Casamento, 301-253-4626, or 301-216-4200.
Countryside artisans’ studios tour, self-guided tour of studios featuring fine art, furniture, pottery, knitted and woven apparel, wine, jewelry, sculptures and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8; noon-5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 9. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard and Winery, 18125 Comus Rd., Dickerson. 301-972-8089 or www.countryside
Theater: “A Little House Christmas,” a storm threatens to disrupt the holiday celebrations of a pioneer family. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday; 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Glen Echo Park Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $19. www.adventure
Montgomery Potters show and sale, annual event runs 2-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Ave. 202-295-5870 or www.montgomery
Temple “Festival of Lights,” more than 500,000 lights, 16 trees and 100 creches. 5:30-10 p.m. daily (live music at 7 and 8 p.m.). Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144 or www.dctemplelights.
Theater: “Seussical,” for ages 4 to 12, a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday; Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$25. 301-961-6060.
“The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 7; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $17-$22. 301-762-1757 or www.mbtdance.org.
Theater: “Miracle on 34th Street,” a Montgomery Playhouse production. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 15. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $16.
Theater: “The Princess and the Sprout,” the British Players performance features song-and-dance buffoonery, with audience participation encouraged. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and 14; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15; 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16. Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St. $20; age 11 and younger, $12. 301-838-0042 or www.britishplayers.org.
Bethesda blood drive, sponsored by the Bethesda Jewish Congregation. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. To schedule an appointment, call Roz Young, 301-469-8636, or visit www.redcross
Arts and crafts bazaar, works by local artists and crafters, with a silent auction, a used-books sale and a bake table. Proceeds will benefit mission projects and outreach. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-948-0122.
Model train show and miniature circus diorama, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 9. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. $5; children and seniors, $3. 301-774-0022.
Tea with Mrs. Claus, a child-friendly menu accompanied by a holiday story from Mrs. Claus. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $28; reservations required. 301-581-5100.
Theater: “Piccolo’s Trunk,” for age 5 and older, Mark Jaster offers kooky characters and foolish antics, and encourages playful participation. 11 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.
German Christmas bazaar, noon-5 p.m., German School, 8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac. Free. 301-365-4400.
Holly Trolleyfest, meet with Santa, ride the trolleys and visit the Christmas garden and toy train display. Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23. National Capital Trolley Museum, Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville. $7; seniors and ages 2 to 17, $5. 301-384-6088.
Winter tree-identification hike, a guided winter walk to learn to identify trees by their bark and branching; make an ID book from “rubbings.” 1-2 p.m., Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. $5; registration required at www.ParkPASS.org. 301-528-3492
Rockville Civic Ballet, “The Nutcracker.” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 9. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr. $16; seniors and age 12 and younger, $12. 240-314-8690 or rockvillemd.gov/arts
Gaithersburg “Jingle Jubilee,” hot chocolate, caroling, a tree-lighting ceremony, costumed characters and a performance by the Gaithersburg High School Holiday Ensemble. Proceeds from the sale of hot apple cider and kettle corn benefit Autism Speaks. 6 p.m., Gaithersburg City Hall, Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave. 301-258-6350.
Chanukah Wonderland, oil-press demonstrations, latke-making, games and arts and crafts. 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday (“Parents’ Night Out”); with a Chanukah Mitzvah project, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County. Travilah Square Shopping Center, 10066 Darnestown Rd., Rockville. For event schedule, including Dec. 7-10, visit www.ourshul.org. 301-926-3632.
Winter Wonderland concert, a capella and gospel performances by The Capitol G’s, Faux Paz, Tonic and Gin and the American University Gospel Choir. 8 p.m., Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10; age 12 and younger, $5. 301-215-6660 or www.bethesda.org.
Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland, live music and other holiday entertainment, an ice-sculpting demonstration and more. 1-4 p.m., Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660 or www.bethesda.org.
Glenview Mansion holiday concerts, the Encore Singers at 1:15 p.m.; Rockville Singers at 2:15 p.m.; Heart of Maryland Chorus, Sweet Adelines at 3:15 p.m. Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8682 or www.rockvillemd.gov/glenview.
Waltz dance, with live music, couples’ dances such as hambo, Schottische, swing, tango and polka. Lessons at 2:45 p.m., followed by dancing until 6 p.m. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $10. 202-238-0230.
Piano Society concert, a performance of Chopin, Liszt, Scarlatti and Debussy. 3 p.m., Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, 7995 Georgia Ave. 301-793-1863 or www.pianosociety.org.
Washington Conservatory of Music alumni concert, featuring the works of Mozart, Schumann and Gershwin; with Matthew Griswold on piano. 4:30 p.m., Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-2770.
Origami, for adults; create designs through the Japanese art of paper folding. 1:15 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8086.
Seasonal concert, a performance by guitarist Steve Gellman. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. 240-777-4999.
Poetry reading, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and Margo Stever read from the works of John Haines, with classical guitar accompaniment by Michael Davis and an open reading at the end of the program. Part of the Cafe Muse series sponsored by the Village of Friendship Heights and Word Works. 7 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.
Winter Storytelling Celebration, a production of the Unexpected Stage Company. 7 p.m., Ri-Ra, 4931 Elm St., Bethesda. $10, suggested donation. 301-337-8290, www.unexpectedstage.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art history lecture, a presentation by Joan Hart on “Grandma Moses: A Primitive and Folk Artist.” 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.
Capital Accord Chorus rehearsal, the women’s a capella group seeks singers for its holiday performances. 7:30 p.m., Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring. 301-392-
7664 or www.capitalaccord.org.
Eagle watching at Conowingo Dam, travel by van with a Montgomery Parks naturalist to a birding site on the Susquehanna River where it borders Cecil and Harford counties. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. $30, registration required. www.parkpass.org or 301-528-3492.
Puppet show: “Nutcracker Fantasy,” the condensed classic holiday tale is part of the Tiny Tots @ 10 series. 10 a.m., Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $5. 301-634-5380.
Ballroom dance, free lessons with Bill Goldberg and Ellen Moran, and then practice what you’ve learned. Noon, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8086.
Nature decorations workshop, for children, create ornaments and holiday decorations from natural materials. 4-5 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $6. 301-962-1480.
Friday Morning Music Club, a chamber music concert. 11 a.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Donations welcome. 301-581-5100.
Piano concert, Dale Jarrett plays and sings seasonal favorites, including holiday tunes. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $2. 240-777-4999.
2BoomerBabes Radio Hour, Barbara Kline and Katherine Bernard host a version of their radio show that deals with aging and health and wellness issues. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.
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