Saturday to Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.: “And Heaven and Nature Sing,” an annual exhibit of nativity scenes. Washington National Cathedral, Crypt Level outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Christmas house tour of five decorated homes in the Phillips Park neighborhood, with shuttle bus between sites. Lunch served in the school refectory. St. Albans School, 3551 Garfield St. NW. Tour, $35; lunch, $15. 202-537-8982, or

Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m.: A performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by the cathedral’s combined boy, girl and men’s choirs, accompanied by a Baroque period orchestra and guest soloists. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25-$80. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Children’s Christmas pageant. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330.

Sunday 9:30 and 11 a.m.: “Great Joy,” a performance of Michael McElroy, Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red’s contemporary arrangements of Christmas songs and carols. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. Free. 202-332-4010 or

Sunday 10 a.m.: “Who Stole the American Dream?” A talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor Hedrick Smith. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

Sunday 10 a.m.-noon: Hanukkah carnival for age 9 and younger, with a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and more. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $20 per family, discounts for online preregistration. 202-777-3267 or

Sunday 10:10 a.m.: “Advent Light and Shadow: Many Ways to Pray.” Led by Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage coordinator Tiffany Montavon. Advent prayers and poetry. Washington National Cathedral, Crypt Level Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday 1:30 p.m. and Thursday 3 p.m.: “Angels High and Low.” Tour for age 10 and older. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; reservations encouraged. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday 3-5 p.m.: Hanukkah celebration for families, featuring Becky Gordon, a singalong, the Yofi Tofi Puppets, crafts, music and food. Co-sponsored by the Daniel Rothman Religious School. Congregation Kol Shalom, 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane, Annapolis. $5; 11 and younger, $3; 3 and younger, free; reservations requested. 410-266-6006 or e-mail

Sunday 4 p.m.: Christmas candlelight concert with the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale, the Runnymede Singers and First Baptist Choir, led by Webster Alexander Rogers Jr. First Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-1075.

Sunday 4 p.m.: A sing-along of Part 1 and Hallelujah Chorus of G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” with Fairlington’s Chancel, Seraphim and Youth choirs, the Chandos Orchestra, and conductor Louise Wilson, with soloists Courtney Kalbacker, Elizabeth Merrill, Peter Scott Drackley and Jeffrey Grayson Gates. Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. $8. 703-671-4057 or

Sunday 4 p.m.: A Christmas candlelight concert, with Webster Alexander Rogers Jr. leading the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale, the Runnymede Singers and First Baptist Choir. First Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-1075.

Sunday 5 p.m.: Swedish Santa Lucia celebration with traditional candlelight procession by the Lucia Queen and her court, Scandinavian folk tunes in Swedish and English, an appearance by mischievous Tomtenissar, and a recounting of the Lucia legend and reception, with Scandinavian treats. Augustana Lutheran Church, 2100 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-234-5315 or e-mail

Sunday 5 p.m.: A service of Advent “Lessons and Carols” with choral anthems, congregational hymns and readings of prophecies of the coming Messiah. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6509 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Free child care. 703-455-2500 or

Sunday 5 p.m.: Holiday cantata performed by the Choirs of Immanuel Presbyterian Church with Brian E. Wilhour, featuring “The Handmaid of the Lord,” the Christmas story from the perspective of Mary, the mother of God. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, Mclean. Free. 703-356-3042.

Sunday 5 p.m.: Contemplative Taize prayer service in silence and led by Rev. Brian Kirby and Rev. Lisa Cola Smith. Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-998-6260.

Sunday 5:30 p.m.: “The Many Moods of Christmas,” with 75 singers and a 48-piece orchestra performing traditional Christmas songs. Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10620 River Rd., Potomac. Suggested donation, $25. 301-765-3400, Ext. 0 or e-mail

Sunday 6-8 p.m.: Celebration of Hannukah on ice with menorah lighting, honoring of Arlington Co. fire chief James Schwartz, ice skating, hot latkes, kosher hot dogs and more. Pentagon Row, 1201 South Joyce St., Arlington. $12; in advance, $10; includes skate rental. 703-370-2774 or

Tuesday-Wednesday 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, “Angels High and Low,” and its history, architecture and artworks, plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, or

Tuesday 7 p.m.: Hanukkah Lights reading. Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read specially commissioned stories by well-known writers including Anne Roiphe, Myra Goldberg and Simone Zelitch. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or

Wednesday 12:05 p.m.: Noonday Noel worship, a half-hour of seasonal music performed by organist Samuel Carabetta, with a soup-and-sandwich lunch following. Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 South Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free worship, free; $5 lunch. 703-549-6670.

Wednesday 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Labyrinth walk from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; a Taize prayer service at 7:30 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington, Va. Free. 703-525-8286 or e-mail

Wednesday 7:45 p.m.: Bible seminar on the apostles’ speeches. Christadelphian Chapel, 9240 Riggs Rd., Adelphi. Free. 301-943-0568.

Wednesdays through Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.: “When God Comes Down.” Candlelight Advent worship services. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8606 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Free-will offering. 301-262-2299.

Thursday and most other weekdays 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Tour for age 11 and older to see the gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb lots of stairs to view the city from on high. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200.

Thursday 4 p.m.: Visiting scholar Wesley Granberg-Michaelson on the major demographic changes in the Christian world and the impact of the explosion of Christianity in the Global South. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, First Floor, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.

Thursday 6 p.m.: A Merry Tuba Christmas with traditional Christmas music performed on the tuba, sousaphone and euphonium. Take your own instrument for a 3 p.m. rehearsal. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Friday 9:15-10:30 a.m.: Tour of the accredited preschool facilities for ages 2 to 5 and discussion of its admissions process with current preschool parents and staff. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center , 1529 16th St. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-777-3278 or or e-mail Bini Silver at or Sarah at

Next Saturday Noon and 4 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.: “The Joy of Christmas.” The Cathedral Choral Society, the 18th Street Singers, organist Todd Fickley, carillonist Edward Nassor, the Langley High School Madrigal Singers and the Washington Symphonic Brass perform a world premiere of a carol by British composer Ben Parry as well as old and new Christmas carols. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Noon Saturday, $25; other programs, $30-$80; free underground garage parking. 202-537-2228 or

Next Saturday noon and 6 p.m. and Sunday 6:30 p.m.: Stephen Hurd directs “The Uncut Coming of Christ,” Joshua Jenkins’s play about the modern-day birth of Christ. First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center, 600 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free, tickets required for the Saturday shows. 301-773-3600 or

Next Saturday 4 p.m.: “The Joy of Christmas,” a performance by the Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus and Young Men’s Ensemble. Suitable for age 6 and older. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $50 reserved section; $25 adults; $10 age 12 and younger. 202-237-1005 or

Next Saturday 5 p.m.: Christmas carol sing-along for all ages, ending with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Lutheran Church of Georgetown, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-337-9070.

Next Saturday 7 p.m.: “Messiah” sing-along, led by Michael Mentzel, Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus, sung with chamber orchestra, organ and soloist accompaniment. Non-singers welcome. Truro Anglican Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Free-will offering benefits a local nonprofit. Rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 703-273-1300 or

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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