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Monday, November 21

6:00 – 7:00 PM, Alan Schmuckler performs at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW. The Chicago-based composer and lyricist once again graces the Millennium Stage. Free, info.

12:00 PM, Making a Way Out of No Way at The National Museum Of African-American History And Culture, 12th Street and Madison Drive NW. The impact of racial oppression and the ways in which African-Americans worked to overcome. Free, info.

7:00 PM, Mark Bradford featured at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th St and Independence Ave SW. The acclaimed multimedia artist creates a site-specific work that will span the entire circumference of the museum. Free, info.

Tuesday, November 22

7:30 PM, A Christmas Carol, a Washington tradition for 35 years at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St NW. Now playing through Dec. 31. Prices vary, info.

7:30 PM, Silver Belles, Christmas-themed musical making its world premiere this winter. Featuring Christmas music both classic and new at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA. Continues through Dec 24. Prices vary, info

12:00 – 7:00 PM, Washington Harbour Ice Rink is now OPEN, 3050 K St NW. Enjoy the largest ice skating rink in DC all season. Skating specials and themes vary daily. $10/adults, $9 children/military, $6 rentals, info.

Wednesday, November 23

8:00 PM, Strip The District at the W Hotel, 515 15th St NW. Pre-Thanksgiving Burlesque show on the rooftop. Led by Master of Ceremonies Matthew Holtzclaw. Tickets and tables prices vary, info.

7:30 PM, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley showing at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Hwy Bethesda, MD. Now through Dec. 18. Prices vary, info.

11:00 AM, 4th annual Spike Classic race at the Washington Canoe Club, 3700 Water St NW. Benefits Active Minds, a voice for young adult mental health advocacy across the nation. Donations, info.  

Thursday, November 24

12:00 PM, Thanksgiving Lunch & Tour at O Street Mansion, 2020 O St NW. Dine and enjoy browsing its collection of manuscripts, books, art, memorabilia, and signature guitars. $70/person - reservations required, info.

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, The Hay-Adams Thanksgiving Buffet, 800 16th St NW. View of The White House from the top of the Hay dining room. $120/person, includes a glass of Taittinger upon arrival, info.  

Friday. November 25

5:00 – 9:00 PM, ZooLights at The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW. Lights illuminate the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Continues thru Jan. 1. Free, info.

5:00 – 8:00 PM, George Washington-inspired Christmas at our Founding Father’s Mount Vernon estate. Enjoy the candlelit museum with a character-guided tour, 18th-century dancing and fireside caroling. $24/adult; $16/youth, info.

12:00 – 8:00 PM, Holiday Market at 8th and F St NW near the Verizon Center in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Enjoy a rotating cast of crafters and vendors, hot coffee, sweets and holiday performances. Open daily until Dec 23. Free, info.

Saturday, November 26

1:00 – 5:30 PM, The Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet performing now until Dec. 24 at The Arc Theatre [through Dec 1, then switching to The Warner Theatre], 1901 Mississippi Ave SE. The Russian ballet goes local with its dancers and the beautiful Tchaikovsky score. Ticket prices vary, info.

9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Alexandria Small Business Saturday in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring nearly 50 independent boutiques kicking off the holiday shopping season with one-of-a-kind deals and free parking at all parking meters, info.  

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Random Acts of Holiday Cheer in Old Town Alexandria. Under a canopy of sparkling lights, a stroll on King Street is like being in a real-life Dickens Village. Named a Top 10 Christmas Town by HGTV, Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience. Free, info.

1:00 – 6:00 PM, 4th annual Made in DC Holiday Marketplace hosted by DC Brau Brewing Company, 3178-B Bladensburg Road NE. More than 30 DMV-based merchants, shopping, food trucks, and live music, Benefits Made in DC Program, which supports and promotes the city’s makers to spotlight locally made products. Free, info.

6:00 – 7:30 PM, 3rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Park at CityCenter, 825 10th St NW. Holiday concert, lighting ceremony, countdown and holiday activities. Free, info