Ever try to imagine what the holiday season would look like without the Nutcracker, sing-alongs, or Santa? Well, you don’t have to wonder because this weekend is filled with each of these festive must-haves, plus reindeer-themed fun, shopping, hot cocoa, and more!

Photo: Maryland Youth Ballet


Frosty 5K & Reindeer Run
Join Embrey Mill at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center for the second annual Frosty 5K and Reindeer Run. Prizes will be awarded in each age group, including a cash prize for the top three male and female runners, a medal and a long-sleeve dri-fit shirt for all who pre-register for the race. Participants are invited to stay after the race for early access to the Christmas Village and Stafford Christmas ParadeSat. Event Details.


Maryland Youth Ballet’s the Nutcracker
There is something for everyone in this fun and engaging version of The Nutcracker—a huge cannon that fires at the mice, a beautiful growing Christmas tree, whirling flakes in a snowstorm, cute little Ginger Snaps peeking out of a huge Mother Ginger skirt, a lovely Sugar Plum dancing with her handsome Cavalier, and extraordinary costumed characters from the Kingdom of Sweets. Fri. Event Details.

Dupont Circle

Story Time With Santa at Kramerbooks
Make it a storybook holiday season this year. Join Kramerbooks for Story Time with Santa at Kramerbooks! Gather ‘round to hear Santa tell your favorite festive holiday tales and you’ll receive two Polaroid Instax mini photos of your child with Santa, a double-sided holiday ornament frame for each child, cider and hot chocolate for the kids (and nice parents), and spiked cider (for the naughty parents). Only 20 children’s tickets are available per Saturday, so secure your spot now! Sat. Event Details.

Ivy City

Appointed Holiday Market
Join Appointed for a one-day holiday pop-up with shopping, holiday treats, complimentary gift-wrapping, and holiday festivities for the entire family! On Saturday, December 15th, Appointed will be hosting a one-day holiday pop-up at their office + production space in Ivy City. This event will feature D.C. vendors, wreath-making workshops, cookie decorating, and a family-friendly festive atmosphere. Sat. Event Details.

Glen Echo

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles-and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Sun. Event Details.


World Children’s Choir Holiday Concert
Come lift your hearts and celebrate the holiday season! The family friendly program includes beautiful carols, Hanukkah, secular, and new year songs from around the world. The concert includes an audience sing-along. Sat. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady