March into the holidays Nutcracker-style with a lineup of post Thanksgiving Day events that are almost as exciting as Black Friday deals (almost!). From a festive parade and stunning light displays to a Turkey day performance and zip lining excursion, there’s something to get everyone in the mood for egg nog and mistletoe.


Let your imagination run wild as an ordinary house turns into an exciting Thanksgiving adventure. Known for athleticism and comedy, VF Dance Theater presents an interactive story that encourages children to count, read, move, and problem solve. Fri. Event details.


Reston Holiday Parade
The Reston Holiday Parade presents a 1-hour procession of bands, performers, cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, giant float balloons, the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage, and much more. Fri. Event details.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill Tree Lighting
Join the Capitol Hill BID, business leaders, friends and neighbors for a hot beverage and holiday caroling with Joyous Voices, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Suzuki Strings and the Washington Youth Choir as members of the Dldden family flip the switch to Illuminate the tree that was planted to honor the late George Didden lll, for his many contributions to Capitol Hill. Sat. Event details.


From Friday 11/24 to Sunday 11/26 when you purchase any zip line, giant swing, or flyer ride, Terrapin will donate proceeds to HopeWorks, an organization providing support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by domestic violence. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Glen Echo

Frosty the Snowman 
Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Imagination Laboratory Holiday Pop-Up
Take a break from holiday shopping at this November Pop-up! To kick off the holiday season, kids get a batch of tinkering materials (legos, magnatiles, etc.) with an option to create an ornament to take home. Sat. Event details.

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Dish in the comments below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady