Burn off all of that pre-Santa energy (he flies into town in about a week!), or ward off any onset of cabin fever with this weekend’s line-up of action-packed activities. Holiday shop for the cool cats on your list, meet a real life Christmas camel, listen to some awesome outdoor holiday tunes, and more!

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Silver Spring

Meow! Capital Kitty Christmas Corner
You don’t have to be a cat lady to appreciate this holiday shopping event (though it won’t hurt). Here you’ll find merchandise for cats, merchandise with cat imagery, and items sold to support cats in need. There will also be face-painting, and kids of all ages will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Santa Kitty! Sat., 9 am-3 pm. $5; free/kids under 12. All ages. Event details.

Mount Vernon

Holiday Fun at Mount Vernon
Enjoy an evening of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs at George Washington’s old home sweet home. Before the fireworks show begins, watch colonial artisans make chocolate, meet re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, enjoy cider by a bonfire, and learn 18th century dance moves from costumed guides. P.S. Don’t leave without paying the estate’s Christmas camel a quick visit. Fri.-Sat., 5:30 pm-9 pm. $17; $9/kids; free/kids under 5. All ages. Event details.


National Cathedral Children’s Pageant
Here’s your little angel’s chance to show her stuff! In celebration of the Nativity, kids of all ages arrive at the Cathedral dressed as shepherds, animals, and angels to help tell the story of the Messiah’s birth. On the day of the event, families arrive in costume in the nave [[for a 1:30 pm brief rehearsal prior to the pageant. Bring family, friends, and cameras for this lively telling of the story of Christmas. Sat., 2 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

National Mall

Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the museum. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Sat., 2 pm-4 pm. $17.50-$19.50. 10 and up. Event details.

City Center

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington at CityCenterDC
Join CityCenterDC as they top off their Holiday Event Series with a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington on December 19 at 5:30pm. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list at the many luxury retailers at CityCenterDC, while you take in the harmonious voices of one of the world’s best male choruses as they delight the crowd with holiday music. Sat., 5:30 pm-7 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


The Washington Ballet: Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker
This celebrated production has become D.C.’s perennial favorite! Set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures, this is The Washington Ballet’s holiday valentine. Snag a seat with family and friends and start a new holiday tradition. Sat.-Sun., 7 pm-9 pm. $33 and up. All agesEvent details.

Do you have something awesome planned for this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady