Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the holiday magic has to fizzle out. Let that warm and fuzzy feeling linger a little longer with help from this weekend’s best fam-friendly events, including a ridiculous holiday train showcase (LEGOS are involved!) to a musical inspired by the Will Ferrel flick Elf. Happy post-holidays!



Get Your Train Fix at Holiday Festival of Trains
Your train obsessed little one will love this quickie day trip to Ellicott City Station, where a celebration of toy trains is ongoing. There’s a mini Thomas the Tank Engine G-scale layout and other cool cars. One of the exhibit’s highlights includes a custom built 360 degree LEGO model train with push buttons along the sides that activate lights, motors and sounds. Fri.-Sun., 11 am-4 pm. Ellicott City. All. Event details.

Bright Idea: Festival of Lights
Still not over holiday lights? At this spectacle you’ll see more than 600,000 lights coating shrubs and trees and formed into cool figurines and statues. Scope out the 18 indoor decorated trees, an outdoor life-sized nativity, and live performances each night. Fri.-Sun., dusk-10 pm. Kensington. Free. All. Event details.


Lions and Tigers and Bears (in Photos)
Your tyke swears lions are cuddly and cute. And now, National Geographic photographers Michael Nichols, Steve Winter, and Paul Nicklen prove your kid right with this exhibition of photos that shows that wild things in a not-so-scary light. Fri.-Sun. Farragut North. Free. All. Event details.

DIY Zawadi Gifts: Kwanzaa Arts Workshop
Swing by this workshop for artsy-types to create Zawadi gifts and Kwanzaa greeting cards from scratch. Artists Tamara Thomas and Deidra Bell will be on hand to guide you through all of the colored paper, glitter, rubber stamps and recycled materials you can use to show off your creative streak. Sat, 10:30 am. Anacostia. Free. All. Event details.

Santaaaaa! Laugh it Up at Elf: The Musical
If your family has seen the Will Ferrel holiday hit Elf, then you sort of know what to expect from the stage performance—a man raised as an elf discovers he is actually a human, so he sets out to find his family (spreading cheer along the way). Add music to the mix and you’ve got this family-friendly awesomeness. Fri.-Sun. Foggy Bottom. $35. 8 and up. Event details.

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Drum Up the Holidays
The “Drumcussionist” Devin Walker will rat-a-tat-tat to some of your kids’ favorite holiday tunes in this special interactive percussion performance. Natural drums and percussions are twinned with electronic drums (plus, cowbells, triangles, and shakers) to beat a love of musical theory into young minds. Bonus: Jammin Java, where the concert is presented, is stocked with some pretty strong coffee, in case your grown-up brain isn’t ready for bahrumpabumbum-ing before noon. Sat, 10:30 am. Vienna. $8. 5 and up. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady