513 13th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Dates: Dec. 1 to 24, 2016
The Washington Ballet’s annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” returns once again to the Warner Theatre. The performance has been a tradition in the nation’s capital for more than 50 years. There will be a special Family Day on Sunday, Dec. 4, immediately preceding the matinee performance. The planned activities include a scavenger hunt, craft stations, and the opportunity to watch a rehearsal and learn how the dancers prepare for the show. Participation in Family Day is included in regular ticket price.
Six Flags America
13710 Central Ave.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20721
Date: Through Jan. 2, 2017
Millions of holiday lights, live entertainment, tasty sweet and savory seasonal treats, and a Santa’s Village will magically transform the popular Six Flags American theme park into a winter wonderland for its first-ever Holiday in the Park celebration. Weather permitting, the park will operate many of its most popular rides, such as the Flying Carousel, Voo Doo Drop, the Cyclone, Mind Eraser, Carousel and Tea Cups. Holiday in the Park will be held every weekend and select weekdays now through Jan. 2, 2017.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Date: Through Jan. 1, 2017
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center has a jammed packed schedule of events and activities planned for its Christmas on the Potomac celebration. The main attraction will be ICE!, an indoor wonderland hand-carved from two million pounds of ice. In addition, there will be scheduled live entertainment, gingerbread decorating and build-a-bear workshops, an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, breakfast with Charlie Brown and his friends, cookies and stories with Mrs. Claus, and photos with Santa Claus.
3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Date: Through Jan. 1, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free to attend, ZooLights has become a must-see holiday event for many local and visiting families. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights are used to create a spectacular light show throughout the grounds of the National Zoo. There is also live entertainment, tasty winter treats, and shopping opportunities. In addition, guests can board the National Zoo Choo-Choo, go snow-less tubing, or take a ride on the Conservation Carousel.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Date: Dec. 11, 2016; 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Celebrating its 11th year, the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s annual Holiday Concert & Sing Along sells out each year. Attendees enjoy classic and contemporary holiday music performed by the Capital City Symphony and sung by the Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus. There is also an audience sing-along portion of show.