It’s beginning to look a lot like, well, the holidays! Granted, you probably saw Santas lining store shelves before Halloween candy sold out, but now you can finally dive head first into all of the festivities (without seeming too eager beaver). Work off your post-Thanksgiving waistline by getting out and about–The Washington Ballet’s D.C.-themed Nutcracker performance is happening, and try to check out one of the local tree lighting ceremonies or the marching bands at Reston’s holiday parade.

nutcracker-washington-balletPhoto: Washington Ballet

Southern Avenue

The Nutcracker, with a D.C. Twist
This celebrated production, by the talented dancers of the Washington Ballet, is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. A festive history lesson with pirouettes; what’s not to love? Sat.-SunEvent details.


26th Annual Reston Holiday Bash
Reston Town Center launches the festive season at the 26th annual Reston Holiday Parade with Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more. Following the parade are visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus Mini-Train rides, a Tree Lighting and Sing Along, and horse-drawn carriage rides. FriEvent details.


Garden of Lights
Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Pinkies Up! Holiday Tea
Baby, it’s cold outside! So, warm up during the holidays with signature holiday tea blends in fyve Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Kiddo not a tea drinker? They also have the option to sip on sweet hot chocolate. Fri.-SunEvent details.

National Harbor

Chill Out at ICE!
Two million pounds of hand-carved ice (not even exaggerating) are used to create this popular family attraction at the National Harbor that features everything from ice sculptures to benches and slides. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Tree Lighting Ceremony
Like walking through a movie scene, Alexandria’s Old Town illuminates its quaint historic streets with dazzling holiday magic. It all starts at the Historic Market Square when the Mayor joins Santa in a tree lighting ceremony. Entertainment features a visit from both Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling and a community sing-along that kids really get into. FriEvent details.

How do you plan to work off the stuffing this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady