Weekend Happenings: November 26-30

Bring your holiday cheer this weekend as you celebrate the season in the DMV with tons of festive events, shows, shopping, and more!


Washington, DC Events:

cap hill tree light9th Annual Capitol Hill Community Tree Lighting
Eastern Market
NE Quadrant of Eastern Market Metro Plaza, DC
Time: Saturday, 5:30-6pm
Cost: FREE

Come join the 9th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting! Enjoy coffee, donuts, and your favorite holiday Christmas Carols as you watch the Capitol Hill tree shine brightly!
zoo lightsZoo Lights Opening Night

Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC
Time: Friday thru January 2nd, 5-9pm
Cost: FREE

Join the Smithsonian National Zoo in celebration of the opening night of Zoo Lights!  Thousands of visitors will see the more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights that transform the Zoo into a dazzling winter wonderland.

Washington Ballet Presents: “The Nutcracker”
washington ballet nutcrakerTHEARC Theatre
1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, DC
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 1pm and 5:30pm
Cost: varies

Come see this celebrated holiday must-see full of magic and marvels! Septime Webre’s critically acclaimed The Nutcracker transports us back in time to historic Washington, DC and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker.

Maryland Events:

baltimore christmas villageChristmas Village in Baltimore
Inner Harbor (West Shore Park)
501 Light St., Baltimore
Time: Thursday – Sunday, thru December 27th, Thursday & Sunday, 11am-7pm; Friday & Saturday, 11am-8pm (also open Monday – Wednesday, 11am-7pm)
Cost: FREE weekday admission, $1-5 weekends

Come check out this indoor and outdoor holiday market in West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor! There will be traditional European food, sweets and drinks, as well as international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, and crafts.

festival of treesFestival of Trees
Maryland State Fairgrounds – The Cow Palace
2200 York Rd., Timonium
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
Cost: $15 *discounted advance tickets thru Thanksgiving Day

Come support Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. Fairyland forests, gingerbread towns, and toy train gardens await you at this holiday extravaganza. There will also be gifts and goodies available for purchase!

Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot
MAC Harbor East
655 President St., Baltimore
Time: Thursday, 8am
Cost: Registration closed.

Join in for a 5k turkey trot in downtown Baltimore on Thanksgiving morning! The race will follow with a post-race party and awards ceremony. Dangerously Delicious Pies will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in addition to randomly selected participants.

Virginia Events:

reston holiday parade25th Annual Reston Holiday Parade
Reston Town Center
11900 Market St., Reston
Time: Friday, 11am
Cost: FREE

Come join in the Holiday Fun and see balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, and more welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Other activities include horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, and the lights of the Christmas tree.

thanksgiving craft show 33rd Annual Thanksgiving Craft Show
Spring Hill RECenter
1239 Spring Hill Rd., McLean
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm
Cost: $5

Join the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild which will feature original, handmade craft and artwork of 80 local artists and artisans.  Items include jewelry, woodworking, photography, paintings, pottery and much more!

City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony
Market Square
301 King St., Alexandria
Time: Friday, 6-8pm
Cost: FREE

Open the holiday season with festive sing-a-longs, caroling, and live performances. Be sure to watch as the mayor and Santa Claus light the Christmas tree!

Concerts & Theatre at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Friday
  • Peppa Pig Live!, Warner Theatre, Friday
  • Shear Madness, The Kennedy Center, Friday thru Sunday
  • Judy Collins with Ari Hest, BSO & Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Sunday

Sports at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, FedEx Field, Sunday
  • Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Verizon Center, Friday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

good dinosaurThe Good Dinosaur
Duration: 100 Minutes
Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy/Family/Fantasy

An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where and Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple


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