Is kiddo having a hard time understanding the real reason for the season? This weekend you’ll have plenty of opportunities to instill a bit of selflessness back into your babes. Bring an unwrapped toy and get a free photo with Santa, check out a family performance all about gratitude, or let them loose on a shopping spree for others (instead of themselves). These little acts of kindness are filled with big fun.

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Arlington

Toy Drive: Free Photo with Santa
Donate a new, unwrapped toy and get a free photo with Santa! Family-friendly festivities include a keepsake photo, kids’ cookie decorating at Williams Sonoma, balloon sculptors, LIVE holiday music and sing-a-long with Phil & Beth Kominski, plus hot chocolate courtesy of Nicecream and kid crafts with loulou boutique. Sat. Event details.

Fairfax

Christmas at Quigley’s
Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents their 22nd original Broadway-style holiday musical, CHRISTMAS at Quigley’s. This song and dance musical features over 30 performers, creative choreography, elaborate sets, stunning costumes, and over 16 musical numbers. CHRISTMAS at Quigley’s delights when a visitor from the North Pole stumbles across NYC’s enchanted Quigley’s Trinkets and Toys and most spectacular things happen. FriEvent details.

Glen Echo

Winter’s Eve 2017
Celebrate the holiday season at Glen Echo Park’s annual Winter’s Eve event. Free activities including holiday crafts, sing-alongs, open studios, and a hot chocolate bar. Browse and buy fine artworks at the Holiday Art Show and artist studios. Sat. Event details.

Annapolis

The Gift of the Mad Guy
Building Better People Productions, a theater that does shows about kindness, featuring professional actors, for a kid audience, presents our annual holiday show, “The Gift of the Mad Guy”. The Gift of the Mad Guy is the story of gift-crazed child who believes that Christmas is about giving specifically to HIM until he is promised a REALLY big gift if he gives three of his gifts to others. Will Jack learn that the holidays are about more than getting? Sat. Event details.

Arlington

Toy Drive: Free Photo with Santa
Donate a new, unwrapped toy and get a free photo with Santa! Family-friendly festivities include a keepsake photo, kids’ cookie decorating at Williams Sonoma, balloon sculptors, LIVE holiday music and sing-a-long with Phil & Beth Kominski, plus hot chocolate courtesy of Nicecream and kid crafts with loulou boutique. Sat. Event details.

Mt. Vernon Pl.

MetroCooking D.C.  2017
Spend the day experiencing the many culinary highlights of MetroCooking DC. Enjoy James Beard Foundation celebrity chef cooking demos by Guy Fieri and José Andrés, shopping from 250+ specialty food vendors, unlimited samples from the hottest local restaurants, cooking classes with L’Academie de Cuisine. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Reston

Santa’s Christmas Shop
What makes this event cool is that kids do all of the shopping. Gifts for mom and dad, grandparents, siblings and even your favorite pet are available for the kids to buy. All gifts are affordable (most are under $5). Volunteers are available to help kiddo shop around. Sun. Event details.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady