You’ve made your list and checked it twice. But did you include awesome activities for the last weekend before the big man in the red suit appears in your living room? From a D.C.-centric Nutcracker performance and a kiddie tea party, to a French-infused holiday party and wildlife ornament making, here are the happenings that will calm all of the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season.

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Metro Center

The Nutcracker, D.C. Style
Everything is beautiful at the ballet. Including The Nutcracker. Share Clara’s magical story with them by booking seats at the Washington Ballet’s version of the classic stage performance, which gets a D.C.-centric spin with clouds of cherry blossoms and George Washington as the Nutcracker. Fri.-Sun. Metro Center. $32-$110. Ages 5 and up. Event Details.


Pinkies Up: It’s Tea Time!
The popular Mrs. B (aka Rebecca Czarniecki, etiquette extraordinaire) hosts a proper story time tea for kids at the Morrison House. At the holiday-themed tea party and good manners refresher little gents and ladies play dress up, listen to a story and do a craft. Bonus: Afterwards, their p’s and q’s will be the best they’ve ever been. Ever. Sat., 2 pm-4 pm. Alexandria. $38/adults; $28/kids. All ages. Event Details.


Whip Up Edible Ornaments for Wildlife
Gift the cute critters outside your front door with a fun ornament studded with seeds, nuts and other tasty bits. You’ll make the ornament yourselves and then take it home to hang it on an outdoor tree for your wild neighbors—birds, squirrels, etc.—to nibble on. Fri., 10:30 am-11:30 am. Rockville. $5. Ages 3-5. Event Details.

Dupont Circle

Kids’ Fête de Noël
Join AFDC for their holiday fun day. Kids will listen to a holiday story (in French, of course) and try their hand at decorating sweet winter houses with candy and cookies. YUM. Sat., 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Dupont Circle. $8-$10. All ages. Event Details.


Holiday Tot Rock with Rocknoceros
Sure, this popular concert series is geared towards the under-5 set, but you’re bound to find yourself grooving to the sounds of fam-friendly band Rocknoceros. Add to that a holiday slant and there’s no stopping you and your little rockers. Sat., 11 am and 2 pm. Vienna. $10. All ages. Event Details.


Chanukah Festival in Alexandria
Whether you live nearby or not, this Chanukah fest is one to not skip. There’s the lighting of a giant menorah, chocolate gelt and dreidels, light sticks (because this is the Festival of Lights), and piles of fresh latkes. Best part? All of this fun is free. Sun., 5 pm. Alexandria. Free. All ages. Event Details.

What’s on your weekend to-do list? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady