As the year comes to an end, it’s a great time to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and that includes our family. From attending a classic Christmas ballet to building a decorative gingerbread house, there are plenty of opportunities for families to spend quality time together this holiday season in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The Nutcracker
Warner Theatre
513 13th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-4000

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.

Holiday In The Park
Six Flags America
13710 Central Ave.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20721
(301) 249-1500

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.

Christmas On The Potomac
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-4000

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.

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National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888

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.

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-7993

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.

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