“Field of Carnage” and “Personal Sorrows” The writings and personal effects of a soldier who fought at the Battle of Antietam are displayed, along with a map highlighting Laurel’s role in the Civil War. Through Dec. 21. Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. 301-725-7975. www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org. Free.
Fireworks at the Harbor Musical performances, shopping and food specials, crafts and a fireworks show over the Potomac River at 8. Fridays at 5-9 p.m., through Dec. 21. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbor.com. Free.
Colonial Madrigal Dinner The 41st annual celebration features feasting, frolicking and caroling. Friday-Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. 240-895-4991. www.stmaryscity.org. $85.
“A (Comic) Christmas Carol” Chris Davis produces this comedic version of the Charles Dickens classic. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. through Dec. 23. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14.
“Hallelujah Girls” The Prince George’s Little Theater presents this Southern comedy about a girl and her four best friends who decide to shake up their lives and fulfill their dreams. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. through Dec. 23. Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 301-832-4819. www.pglt.org. $20, seniors and students $15.
Nolan Williams Jr. & Voices of Inspiration: Christmas Gift Inspired by “Christmas Gift: An Anthology of Christmas Poems, Songs and Stories,” the show blends music with the writings of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmith
center.umd.edu. $35, seniors $30, faculty and staff $28, students and youth $10.
Riseband & Show The nine-member R&B/funk/jazz/Motown ensemble performs. Must be age 21 or older. 8 p.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. www.risebandandshow.com. $10.
“African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives From the David C. Driskell Center” An exhibition of renowned African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam and more. Organized by the Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Closes Dec. 14. University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Festival of Lights The event features live holiday music, pictures with Santa, trolley rides, shopping and food vendors. Bring canned food items to donate to local families in need at the Holiday Market. Noon.-8 p.m. Riverdale Park Town Center, 4650 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-927-6381. www.rpholidaymarket.com. Free.
Civil War Santa Meet Santa and learn how the image of Santa became the one we know today. Tour the decorated house. Noon.-4 p.m. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. 301-868-1121. www.surratt.org. $3, seniors $2, ages 5 to 18 $1.
“Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker” Momentum Dance Theatre puts on a Duke Ellington-style jazz hip-hop musical version of the holiday classic. Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 202-785-0035. 301-277-1710. www.momentumdancetheatre.com. $18-$22, seniors and students $15, children 9 and younger $10-$12.
Dixieland jazz concert Performances by Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Band. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
Port Tobacco Pickers The traditional bluegrass band performs. Must be age 21 or older. 8 p.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
The Jewels The 1960s female R&B group performs. 8 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $30, seniors and students $25.
“Va Va Voom!” An adult-only circus featuring burlesque, comedy and alternative performance artists. Admission includes two drink tickets and finger foods. 10 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $30 at door, $20 in advance.
La Plata waterways exhibit Explore photographer Michael Kolster’s latest gallery exhibit, “Down by the River: Exploring American Waterways 40 Years After the Clean Water Act. Through Dec. 15. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.
“A Christmas Carol” The Twin Beach Players’ Youth Troupe presents an all-children’s musical production of the classic holiday tale. Friday and Saturday 7 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. North Beach Boys and Girls Club, 9021 Dayton Ave., North Beach. 410-286-1890. www.twinbeach
players.com. $12, seniors and students $10.
Greenbelt anniversary celebration closing ceremony The city ends its 75th anniversary celebration with holiday music by the Greenbelt Concert Band. 3 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.greenbeltmd.gov/75. Free.
“A Christmas Story” The Newtowne Players present a comedic stage adaptation of the classic story about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s quest to find a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Three Notch Theatre, 21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-737-5447. www.newtowneplayers.org. $15.
Arachne Aerial Arts Students and other regional aerial artists showcase high-flying swirls and spins on silks, hoops, ropes, bungee, trapeze and more. 4 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $12; seniors, students and artists $10, age 12 and younger $7.
“Glitz: Art That Sparkles” An exhibit featuring works of art that shine, sparkle, twinkle, shimmer, flicker, flash and glitter. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 13. Closed Dec. 24-25. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmarie
garden.org. $3 seniors and ages 5-11, $2; age 4 and under, free.
Student holiday art show Artwork by students from Our Lady Star of the Sea School will be on display in the museum lobby. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, closed Christmas Day. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $7, seniors and military $6, ages 5-12 $2, ages 4 and younger free.
Pre-Kwanzaa Melvin Deal’s African Heritage Dancers and Drummers and the Honorable BaBa C present a program of cultural heritage, music, dance and griot storytelling. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $5.
Nritya “Rhythms of India” Lakshmi Swaminathan and Lavanya Thamire perform traditional dances from southern India with storytelling. 10:30 a.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $5.
Afternoon tea and music D.C.-based flutist Mike Gillispie and guitarist Taimoor Saeedi perform smooth jazz. Visitors can enjoy a variety of teas and accompaniments. 2 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $15.
“Jazzy Holiday Celebration” Jazz vocalist Janine Gilbert Carter performs classic holiday tunes from Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and more. 7 p.m. Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.theashleighgroup.com. $10, reservations suggested.
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3Artwork by students from Our Lady Star of the Sea School is on display in the museum lobby. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, closed Christmas Day. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $7, seniors and military $6, ages 5-12 $2, ages 4 and younger free.