The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.
In honor of AIDS Awareness Month, Jack Rose will host an event with $4 Red Draft/Metal beers and other cocktail specials. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Whitman-Walker Health Clinic. A woodfire grill menu also will be available until 10 p.m. and includes wings and barbecue skewers.
5 p.m. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. www.jackrosediningsaloon.com. Free admission.
16th Norwegian Christmas
The countdown to Christmas is already underway. To celebrate the holidays, the Norwegian Embassy presents its annual Christmas tree lighting at Union Station. This year's tree is decorated to commemorate the 150th birthday of artist Edward Munch, best known for "The Scream." Guests also can listen to live Christmas carols starting at 5:45 p.m., snack on glogg and cookies, and visit with Santa Claus. Marines will be collecting donations for this year's Toys for Tots campaign.
6 p.m. Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. www.norway.org.
Author John DeFerrari
Attend a lecture, book signing and Q&A with John DeFerrari, author of "Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats," a book exploring the history of D.C. restaurants. It covers such topics as "From Taverns to Restaurants," "The Exclusive Dining Rooms of the Great Hotels" and "Legendary D.C. Lunchrooms and Diners."
6:30 p.m. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. www.dumbartonhouse.org.
Holiday open house and tree lighting
Head to Rockville Town Square for a tree lighting, as well as appearances by Santa Claus, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob, ice-skating performances, horse and carriage rides, a performance by Dawn Crafton Dance Connection and more.
6:30-9 p.m. Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. www.rockvilletownsquare.com.
As part of Merry Mosaic Films in the Park, the Mosaic District in Fairfax holds a screening of this seasonal 1989 comedy. Get your laugh on as the Griswolds encounter one disastrous holiday experience after the other. Other screenings include "The Santa Clause" on Dec. 13, "A Christmas Story" on Dec. 20 and "Sleepless in Seattle" on Dec. 27. Be sure to bundle up; the screenings are outdoors.
7 p.m. Mosaic, Strawberry Park, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax. 703-992-7765. www.mosaicdistrict.com.
Basket makers Clyde Jenkins and Ruth Matthews demonstrate basket-making at one of the Renwick Gallery's last programs before it closes for renovations for two years on Dec. 9. Baskets by Jenkins and Matthews are now on display in the exhibit "A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets." Hear about their methods and perhaps learn to make a basket of your own.
1-4 p.m. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu.
Getting into the holiday spirit, the folks at Glenview Mansion have decorated for the season and are inviting the public to a reception for the Rockville Art League's month-long exhibit featuring watercolors, mixed media work, ceramics and more. Holiday concerts include performances by the Richard Montgomery High School choir; the a cappella group Harmony Express; and the Encore Singers, a 15-member chamber group from Montgomery County.
1-4 p.m. Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8660. www.rockvillemd.gov/arts.