In a city filled with 700,000 people (and that’s not even including everyone from the ‘burbs), it’s crazy to think we go days without meeting someone. This weekend, make it a point for you and your family to say “hey!” to a new person (er, pig). With all of the fun happenings—from a Peppa Pig theatrical tour and opening of The Nutcracker ballet, to a holiday bash and Polar Express ride—it won’t be hard to find a new buddy.

Photo: Peppa Pig Live

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Peppa Pig Makes Stage Debut
Get ready to have more fun than a muddy puddle! Peppa Pig, star of Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series airing daily on Nick Jr., is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. By popular demand, the live stage show will visit 23 East Coast cities this November and December, including D.C. Fri., 1 pm. Free. All agesEvent details.


Plug In: City of Alexandria’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
Like walking through a movie scene, Alexandria’s Old Town illuminates its quaint historic streets with dazzling holiday magic. It all starts at the Historic Market Square when the Mayor joins Santa in a tree lighting ceremony. Entertainment features a visit from both Santa and Mrs. Claus, performances by the Alexandria Harmonizers and the Alexandria Choral Society, plus caroling and a community sing-along that kids really get into. Fri., 10 am. $8. All agesEvent details.


All Aboard the Polar Express Ride
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers personally meet families at the North Pole in B&O’s historic Roundhouse, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Fri.-Sun. $28 and up. All agesEvent details.


25th Annual Reston Holiday Bash
Reston Town Center launches the festive season at the 25th annual Reston Holiday Parade with Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more. Following the parade are visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus Mini-Train rides until 4:30 pm, a Tree Lighting and Sing Along at 6 pm, followed by horse-drawn carriage rides until 10 pm. Fri., 8 am-10 pm. Free. All agesEvent 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.


GetJiggy with Rocknoceros
You’ll twist, shake, rattle, and roll as Rocknoceros gets the family on their feet dancing to upbeat tunes during this Saturday Morning at the National Theatre series performance. Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie have been making award-winning music for the whole family since 2005. Not only are they one of DC’s most well-loved bands, but they have also gained recognition in Austin and Chicago. Fri., 10 am. $8. All agesEvent details.

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

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady