Whether you’ve been full-on-festive since October or you’re still trying to shake off a light layer of Grinch, your kids have likely hit their holiday sweet spot. Get the whole family on the same page this weekend with these memory making events, including a North Pole/high seas-inspired performance, breakfast with Santa, and a Chanukah pajama party (plus sing-a-long).

Photo: Encore Stage


Jingle ARRGH the Way
A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find “you know who,” this production is based on a story by Melinda Long, author of How I Became a Pirate. Fri. Event Details.


Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations and a delicious breakfast buffet by Main Event Caterers, while children visit with Santa. There will also be festive holiday music provided by Pritchard Music Academy. Don’t forget your cameras for photos. Sat. Event Details.


Chanukah Havdalah in Pajamas
Celebrate Chanukah and Havdalah in your pajamas with a festive singalong Havdalah service led by Rabbi Uri Topolosky, followed by stories, activities, crafts and snacks. Bring a new pair of warm socks or gloves to be donated to people experiencing homelessness. Sat. Event Details.


Deck the Halls
Enjoy an interactive open house, send cheer to a servicemember, join carolers in song, make a festive stocking ornament, and sample sweets from 100 years ago. In the spirit of the Peters’ postwar service, Tudor Place will be collecting Toys for Tots, and new, warm men’s crew socks that So Others Can Keep Striding will distribute to the homeless community. Celebrate holiday traditions at Tudor Place, and discover ways the Peter family contributed to relief efforts. Sat. Event Details.

Rock Creek Park

Make Room for Latkes
Chanukah is coming and with it, eight nights of family fun! Stop by for hands-on Chanukah activities including crafts, cooking, singing, candle lighting, latkes, a mitzvah (good deed) project and take-home goodies. It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children. Sun. Event Details.

National Mall

Workshop: Do You See What I See?
Young children learn using their senses and this class focuses on their sense of sight. By focusing on the colors that we see, we will connect the classic book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with works of art in the National Gallery of Art. Sat. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady