It’s beginning to look a lot like… December. The line for a picture with Santa is growing, Christmas tree lots are selling out fast (so get yours pronto!) and holiday train ride tickets are scarce (score them while you can!). There are plenty of other ways to get in on holiday fun, like learning a new way to wrap a present, singing holiday tunes with a crowd or watching an abbreviated, toddler-friendly version of The Nutcracker.

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The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Recommended for ages 6 & up. Fri. Event details. 

Annual Holiday Card Workshop
Kick off the holiday season at the National Postal Museum’s Annual Holiday Card Workshop! The museum offers pretty papers, vintage stamps from around the world and lots of other supplies to inspire your creativity as you create one-of-a-kind holiday greetings. Mail them to your friends and family right from the museum with a special Postal Museum postmark. Free; all ages welcome. Sat. Event details

Willard InterContinental Caroling
The Arlington Children’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus and Washington Saengerbund are a few of the expected performers. While you’re there, check out the 2019 8.5-by-5-foot gingerbread display of the Jefferson Memorial. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

National Mall

Wrap It Up: Learn to Make Furoshiki
While you make a furoshiki wrapping cloth, learn how this Japanese tradition can help save money and the environment. Also, enjoy a scavenger hunt to explore the new exhibition Hokusai: Mad about Painting. In the studio, make your own holiday decorations using cloth and woodblock materials. All ages are welcome with adult supervision. Sat. Event details. 


The Districts Holiday Boat Parade
Decorate ornaments, make and eat s’mores, and warm up by the Camp Wharf fire pit while watching decked out boats sail by. An ice skating rink and the Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden will also be open, plus jolly old St. Nick will be on standby near the lighted Christmas tree, Instagram-ready. Boats start the parade at 7 p.m., fireworks go off at 8 and live music plays at the District Pier Stage from 8:15-9 p.m. Sat. Event details. 


Screen Printing for Social Change
Don’t miss this opportunity to join local artists and community organizers from The Sanctuaries–a DC based collaborative who use art making as a vehicle to heal social division and ignite social change. Participants will learn the process of screen printing to convey individual messages of empowerment. Through this process, you’ll also learn how art is empowering Washingtonians to shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways! Sat. Event details. 


Silver Spring

The Mini Nut
The perfect production for your wiggly toddler’s first ballet performance, The Mini Nut’s 30 minute run time is a sweet dream come true. Also featuring photo ops with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the full-length version December 20 -26 by this internationally respected school is also a winner. Sat. Event details. 


Chanukah Havdalah in Pajamas
Celebrate Chanukah and Havdalah in your pajamas with a festive singalong Havdalah service led by Rabbi Uri Topolosky, along with crafts, a story, and a snack. Please bring a new pair of warm socks or gloves to be donated to the homeless (adult or child sized). Sat. Event details. 


Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-Along
Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long! This musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with local choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. Sat. Event details. 


Middleburg Christmas Parade 
The parade is one part of a day full of holiday events. The parade meanders down Washington St. and features floats and other typical parade stuff, but the festivities kick off at 7:45 a.m. with Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction at Middleburg Community Charter School. Other events include a silent auction, craft fair, a parade of mounted foxhunt riders and hounds and hot chocolate. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers