Holiday festivities are already on our event radar.
By Mary Eileen Barber
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:
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
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.
Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland
Sun., December 2, 1-4pm
Veterans Park, Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Enjoy a celebratory fair featuring Santa Clause, various entertaining performances, and even ice sculpting to get you and your family in the holiday mood.
Holiday Wreath Workshop
Tuesday, December 4, 2-3:30pm and 6:30-8pm
1800 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD
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. Karen Nelson Kent, American Institute of Floral Designers member, will be leading the workshop.
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
Nothing says holiday season quite like this fanciful classic. Take in this performance by the National Ballet Company to jump start the season.