Thursday, December 12
“Fiddler on the Roof” Directed by Tony-winner Bartlett Sher, this heart-warming tale focuses on family, faith and timeless traditions. Ideal for ages 8 and up. National Theatre, Washington, DC at 7:30 p.m. $54-114
Friday, December 13
Vienna Boys Choir Experience the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir in a holiday-focused performance that includes classical masterpieces, contemporary pop favorites, carols and more.
Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA at 8 p.m. $33-$55
Saturday, December 14
Christmas in Purcellville Soak in the magic of the holiday season at this annual Christmas event, featuring face painting, live music, pictures with Santa, an ornament workshop and more. Historic Downtown Purcellville, Purcellville, VA at 10 a.m. FREE
Winter Family Festival Family-friendly activities at this holiday-themed celebration include DIY air plant ornaments, card decorating, letter-writing to Santa and a photo booth with a festive backdrop and props. Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC at 10 a.m. FREE
“Charlie Brown Christmas” Charlie Brown tries to bring back the true meaning of Christmas to his community by directing his school’s Christmas pageant. Presented by the Prince William Little Theatre. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $13-20
A Book Hill Holiday The Georgetown section of upper Wisconsin Avenue is celebrating the holidays with live entertainment, in-store promotions, a festive trolley, an ugly sweater competition and more. Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC at 4 p.m. FREE
Sunday, December 15
Brunch with Santa Dress the kids in their Christmas finery for a professional photo with Santa Claus at this festive family brunch. Reservations are required. Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg, MD at 11:30 a.m. $15-$22, FREE for 6 and under
Artful Afternoons: Movement Join the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center for a creative afternoon that focuses on movement. Students in grades K-3 can participate in different activity stations around the museum’s art studio and learn about artists like Jackson Pollack. National Museum of American History, Washington, DC at 2 p.m. $32 per family.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” The Herdman kids might just be the most awful kids in history. Can a local couple figure out how to get them to cooperate in the local church Christmas pageant? Full of craziness and fun, this play is a laugh-out-loud good time for ages 8 and up. Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD at 2 p.m. $12-20
Looking for more ideas? Check out our month-long guide to holiday happenings in the DC area!