It’s official; the holidays are here! Need proof? The weekend is filled with festive family performances, craft making and shopping. But the holy grail of evidence—the National Harbor will mark the lighting of their 65-foot tree with performances, movies, and hot chocolate. Let the festivities begin!

CRDT-kidsholiday-3, outdoor, christmasPhoto: U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud via flickr

National Harbor

Countdown to the Most Magical Time of the Year
Ring in the holiday season at the National Harbor with a tree lighting ceremony (ever wonder what 200,000 lights look like strung on a 65-foot tree?) and fireworks. But the spectacular fun doesn’t end there. Check out A Muppet Christmas Carol, craft holiday cards for troops, and linger post-lighting for marketplace shopping. Sat., 12 pm. Free. All agesEvent details.


The National Theatre Presents: Barynya
The rich traditions and culture of Russia come alive with this troupe of three classically trained musicians and dancers who present energizing music, vibrant dance, comedy and audience participation. Using a crew of instruments, brilliant costumes and a repertoire of dances, these artists bring to life the one-of-a-kind tales of their heritage. Sat., 9:30 am-12 pm. Free. Ages 4-10Event details.

Lafayette Square

Renwick Festival
Experience the Renwick Gallery as never before, with craft making, artist demonstrations, musical performances, games, and more. Come see the new contemporary art installations of the WONDER exhibition and enjoy a fun-filled day with activities for all ages. Sat., 10 am-5 pm. Free. All agesEvent details.

National Mall

Family Workshop: Sculpting to the Beat
Bring your dancing shoes and discover how rhythm and sound are conveyed in the Freer’s collection of South Asian and Himalayan art. Start with an educator-led tour, and then create sculptures using clay and mixed media. Sat.-Sun., 2 pm-4 pm. Free. Ages 6-12Event details.


Get Crafty!
Bust up that cabin fever and get the creative juices flowing at Reston Art Gallery and Studio’s free weekly crafts program. Just show up and you’ll be ushered into the world of marshmallow sculptures, paper plate decor, and more! There’s a new creation each week. Sat., 10 am-12 pm. Free. Ages 3-11Event details.

North Bethesda

Make a List: Museum Shop Around at Strathmore
After lugging kids, strollers, diaper bags, cameras, etc. through a tourist-heavy museum, the last thing you want to do is check out the museum shop. But at this fun shopping event, the museum shop is the focus…the only focus. Nearly 20 museums and non-profits, including kid favorites like the National Building Museum and the Audobon Sanctuary, are bringing their gift shops to the Mansion at Strathmore. Score unique gifts—toys, paper goods, books—or just browse with the babes. Fri.-Sun., 10 am. $9. All agesEvent details.

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

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady