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Nothing says “holiday season” quite like the Nutcracker. (Photo courtesy of National Ballet Company)

Kick off December by learning how Christmas was celebrated in colonial times, enjoying a festive holiday fair in Bethesda with the kids, creating a killer holiday wreath and enjoying a ballet classic. Here are some events to help you get this cheerful time of year started:

Historic Roots

A Soldier’s Christmas: Carlyle House During the Revolutionary War
Sat., December 1, 12-4pm
Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA
703-549-2997
Free ($5 suggested donation)

Get a taste of a festive revolutionary-era holiday by joining reenactors in celebrating Christmastime through games, military drills, live music and 18th century food and beverages.

Family Friendly

Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland
Sun., December 2, 1-4pm
Veterans Park, Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD
301-215-6660
Free.

Enjoy a celebratory fair featuring Santa Clause, various entertaining performances, and even ice sculpting to get you and your family in the holiday mood.

Crafty

Holiday Wreath Workshop
Tuesday, December 4, 2-3:30pm and 6:30-8pm
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD
301-962-1400
$59

Wire-frame wreaths made with fresh greens, decorations and other materials you’ll need are all provided for you to “spruce” up that old store-bought wreath. , American Institute of Floral Designers member, will be leading the workshop.

Performing Arts

The National Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Wed-Fri, Dec 5-7 at 10:30am
Sat, Dec 8 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 9 at 2:30pm
Hallam Theatre, Prince George’s Community College
301 Largo Road, Largo, MD
301-218-9822
Tickets $25-30.

Nothing says holiday season quite like this fanciful classic. Take in this performance by the National Ballet Company to jump start the season.

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