Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital performed by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Cellist Rose Bart, pianist Fanya Lin and violinist Minji Kwon, all Juilliard students, will perform a program of music by Schuman and Smetana. Washington Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Hanging of the Greens will be featured on the first day of Advent worship services. The service is based on the English tradition of decorating the home with wreaths, garlands, a Christmas tree and evergreens for Advent and Christmas. In a church setting, it readies the sanctuary and church members for the season. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-7330. .

Sunday, 1-3 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop on the first and third Sundays of each month. Make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, serving homeless children and their families. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour: “Angels High and Low,” for age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200. .

Sunday, 3 p.m.: The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the NOVA Community Chorus will perform Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War,” the orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and bassoonist Arnold Irchai joins in the performance. Come at 2:15 p.m. for a pre-concert discussion with Dr. Stephen Bertino. 3 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $20; age 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Advent Lessons and Carols will be led by the Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell with the cathedral choirs singing carols in the tradition of the internationally famous Kings College, Cambridge. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free-will offering. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Pianist Sang-Qing Lu-Bennaman performs works by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, 3215 Powder Mill Rd., Adelphi. Free, donations appreciated. 301-937-3666.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Advent vespers will be sung each Sunday through Christmas by the Choir of the Basilica in the Upper Church at the National Shrine. All are welcome. A mass follows at 4:30 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free parking. 202-526-8300.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Oxon Hill High School’s Instrumental Music Department, liturgical dancers from “Donna’s Dance . . . a Studio,” and pianist Roberto Velazquez will perform a variety of Christmas music with singalongs. Cookies and punch follow. Oxon Hill United Methodist Church, 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. Free-will offering. 301-839-4748.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille will light the six-foot menorah at the Festival of Lights kindling ceremony. Following the ceremony, hot potato pancakes and doughnuts, the traditional foods of Hanukkah, will be distributed to all. The program will also include family entertainment, gifts and treats, music, a raffle and more. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free. 703-370-2774.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: The congregation of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church invites everyone to its first “Lighting the Christmas Star” celebration for the beacon of hope and faith atop the church tower. Everyone will gather in the National Capital Bank parking lot behind the church to begin the Advent and Christmas seasons with caroling, hot chocolate, cider, doughnuts and the lighting. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 Fourth St. SE. Free. E-mail 202-547-8676.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: The Potomac River String Ensemble, formerly the Shenandoah Junior Strings, an ensemble of musicians age 4 to 17, will perform Christmas carols and invite the audience to join in the singing. Washington Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: Michael Britt will perform live organ music to accompany Laurel and Hardy short silent films “Big Business,” “We Faw Down,” and others. He will also lead a singalong with seasonal favorites. A reception follows. Resurrection Church, 315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. Free, donations appreciated. 301-520-8921.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Mondays through Dec. 16, 7 p.m.: Julie Collins, an experienced spiritual director and teacher, will facilitate the discussion of “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” the Rev. James Martin’s book that explores the very practical spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. The workshop seeks to introduce participants to the mystical knowledge of St. Ignatius and explore its implications for their own spiritual journey. Washington National Cathedral, Sayre House, South Road off Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, registration required. 202-537-6200. or

Most Mondays, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones will lead a course in miracles that help to “undo the past in the present, and Thursday release the future. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308. .

Tuesdays through Dec. 17, 10 a.m.: Everyone, especially senior citizens, is invited to participate in an Advent Bible study whose topic is “God’s Gift of Love.” Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-2299.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that depicts stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in the building’s glass and stone. The tours offer story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Washington Bach Consort founder, organist and music director J. Reilly Lewis performs J.S. Bach’s “Cantata: Schwingt freudig euch empor,” BWV 36 and Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

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

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Tuesday, 7 and 8 p.m.: The Bells at Mt. Vernon, a three-octave hand bell choir directed by Ann Thomas, will perform a program of Christmas music, part of the Festival of Lights. Washington Temple Visitor’s Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesday, 12:10 to 12:45 p.m.:Madrigal Singers from St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools, directed by Benjamin Hutto, will perform music of the season. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square at the corner of 16th and H streets NW. Free; wheelchair accessible. 202-347-8766 or .

Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.: Wednesday Night Together fellowship dinner and Advent Worship and Communion. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $8; for age 11 and younger, $3; $25 maximum per family. Reservations due by Monday. E-mail 703-256-8330. .

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Art and spirit coffeehouse, Bruce Crane, Tara Ramsey and others discuss “Stories for a Season of Expectation,” themes of hope and expectation that mark the Advent season. Coffee and desserts, followed by audience questions. 7 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-554-3222 or .

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor Susan Goekler leads tai chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. or 301-449-4308.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or

Wednesdays through Dec. 18, 6:15 p.m.: Advent jazz and evening prayer. The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Dinner (optional), $10; jazz, free. 301-384-4394. .

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: “All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914.” Cantus, a male choral ensemble, will perform arrangements of European carols and war songs for a capella voices recalling the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers in no man’s land on Christmas 1914 in words and songs. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.

Friday, 9:30 a.m.: St. Albans School hosts its annual Christmas house tour with visits to elegant Georgian brick homes along Woodland Drive: a former ambassadorial residence, a Mediterranean-style villa and a newly constructed home, each decorated by top floral designers. Shuttle bus service is provided between the school and the homes. Tours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. More than 50 boutiques in the school’s Marriott Hall will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Holiday luncheon in St. Albans refectory: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, St. Albans School, 3551 Garfield St. NW. Tour, $40; lunch, $20. 202-537-8982. or

Friday, Noon: The Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Tchaikovsky and Scott Pender. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Friday, 12:15 p.m.: Classical pipe organist James Hicks performs Nordic romantic masterworks by Lindberg, Aldin and Sandvold and music for the Christmas season. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, Monday, Wednesday, 1 p.m.: David Gariff will lead a tour of the paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. The tour will be repeated at the same time on December 13, 17, 18, 21 and 22. National Gallery of Art, West Building Main Floor, Rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6706.

Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to cook donated food for the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter on the first and third Fridays of each month. Volunteers may donate food items, cook desserts or some other food, or prepare, serve and clean up after the meal. Sponsored by Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Carpenter’s Shelter, 930 North Henry St., Alexandria. Megan McCullough, 703-778-4937 or e-mail

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Southwest church potluck and game night, for all ages, board and card games provided, but you may bring your own games to play. 7 p.m. Bring a potluck dish for dinner. 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222.

Friday-Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: Handel’s Baroque-period “Messiah,” Michael McCarthy directs the National Cathedral Combined Choirs and soloists Gillian Keith, Claire Wilkinson, Rufus Muller and Nathan Berg. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $29-$85. 202-537-6200 or .

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Friday, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 4 p.m.: Michael McCarthy directs the National Cathedral Combined Choirs or boys, girls and men, and soloists Gillian Keith, Claire Wilkinson, Rufus Muller and Nathan Berg in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $29-$85. 202-537-6200 or .

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Christmas concert for charity, conductor Leo Nestor leads the CUA Symphony Orchestra, CUA Chamber Choir, CUA University Singers and the CUA University Chorus in a performance of “Three Carols” by Peter Warlock and works by Hassler, Praetorius, Mendelssohn, Nestor, Christmas villancicos from Spain and the New World and a premiere of a new work by CUA graduate student Erik Abrahamson. Concert proceeds benefit a local charity. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free, donations welcome. 202-319-5414. .

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Cheryl Branham directs sopranos Natalie Barrens, Malinda Dix-Hunt and Harlie Sponaugle, mezzo-sopranos Elizabeth Beavers and Marguerite Toscano, tenors Dwayne Pinkney and Darnell Roulhac, and bass Daryl Yoder, organist Ronald Stolk, the Chalice Chamber Orchestra and anyone else who would enjoy singing along with Handel’s “Messiah.” Bring your own score or rent one at the church for $10. Donations will benefit Shalom Scholarship Fund, which assists students in El Salvador. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-347-8355. .

Next Saturday, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: An all-you-can-eat community pancake breakfast featuring chocolate chip and regular pancakes, with proceeds benefiting St. Paul’s Improvement Fund and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. The United Methodist Men group has set up its tree sale that offers Douglas, Fraser and Canaan firs. Boy Scout Troop No. 439 will be selling pine roping and wreaths from noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11:30 to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington, Md. $6.50; $2 age 11 and younger; $18 family price. 301-933-7933.

Next Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: Labyrinth walk, a medieval Christian practice that provides a guided pattern for walking prayer, will be held. All ages and all religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or .

Next Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa returns with crafts, snacks and a visit from the North Pole. All are welcome. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-532-6617. .

Next Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Church of the Good Shepherd’s annual Shop the Shepherd Christmas Showcase is back. More than 30 vendors will offer a selection of jewelry, toys, handbags and purses, home decor, kitchenware, skin-care products, Christmas decorations and more. There will also be a raffle, cafe and gourmet bake shop. Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke. Free. 703-323-5400.

Next Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: A silent auction, baked goods, wreaths, crafts, jewelry and more may be found at the annual Christmas bazaar. Lunch is available. Epiphany United Methodist Church, 1014 Country Club Dr. NE, Vienna. Free. 703-938-3494. .

Next Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Anatolian Artisans will host its annual Turkish Arts and Crafts sale. The proceeds will benefit low-income craftswomen in Turkish villages. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free. 301-231-8128. .

Next Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: A flea market, bake and food sale featuring homemade Filipino dishes will be held to help those devastated by typhoon Haiyan. All proceeds will be given to the Philippine National Red Cross and KRIS (Kids Rise Inspire Soar). Volunteers, vendors and shoppers are needed. The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie. Call Rhea, 443-858-8985 or or Maxine, 443-867-7389.

Next Saturday, Noon to 2 p.m.: Come to an elegant Christmas tea with a silent auction and door prizes. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469. .

Next Saturday, 4 p.m.: “Messiah” sing-along for everyone who loves the Handel masterwork. Limited copies of the music score available for use during the concert. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-532-6617. .

Next Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Next Sunday, 9:15 and 11 a.m.: The Chorale and Orchestra of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax will perform George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah, Part 1.” Music director Mark Vogel will conduct soloists Keith Hudspeth, Robert Damashek, Karen Wolf, Liz Anderson, Mary Gaskins, Julie Price and Sarah Jebian. This special holiday worship service will be led by the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton. Free. 703-281-4230. .

Next Saturday, 5 p.m.: The Classical Brass Quintet and the Cantus Youth Choirs will perform Christmas choral music following its candlelight processional. The program includes an audience carol singalong and conducting raffle. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. $35, in advance, $30; students age 13-22, $5; ages 12 and younger, free.703-237-2499. .

Next Saturday, 6 p.m.: The Northeast Performing Arts Group will perform an evening of praise and worship with song and dance to raise funds to augment the group’s year-round performing arts and academic-related programs for at-risk District youth, with an emphasis on wards east of the river. Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. $20; in advance, $15. 202-388-1274. .

Next Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed handbell choir, will be performing sacred and secular music including “Masters in This Hall,” several dances from “The Nutcracker,” “Silent Night,” and tunes by Leroy Anderson, Bon Jovi and others. at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $25, advance tickets only. 301-365-2850.

Next Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The Catholic University Women’s Chorus will perform Christmas favorites. Catholic University, St. Vincent’s Chapel, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

Next Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Members of the St. Albans Episcopal Church choir and tenor Richard Turner will perform Benjamin Britten’s “St. Nicolas,” legendary incidents in the life of Nicolas, patron saint of children, seamen and travelers. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $10; age 15 and younger, free. 202-363-8286. .

Next Saturday, 8 p.m.: The National Philharmonic Singers, led by Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau, will perform a concert of Christmas music of Praetorius, Lauridsen, Rutter, Gardiner, Skriven, Chesnokov and others. The program includes an audience singalong. Donations will benefit Community Ministries of Rockville. Christ Episcopal Church, 107 South Washington St., Rockville. Free, donations appreciated. 301-493-9283, Ext. 116, or 301-762-2191, Ext. 3.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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