- The Georgetown Library will host “Song and Dance,” a weekly 20-minute program of music and movement (for ages 5 and younger). 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW. 202-727-0232.
- Discovery Theater will present a screening of the animated film “The Snowy Day,” with a singalong of holiday songs (for ages 3 through 7). 10:30 a.m. and noon. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The film will also be shown Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Tots and Toys Playdate,” during which children can play with toys, browse books, visit with friends and toddle (for ages 3 and younger, with parent or caregiver). 11 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The Mount Pleasant Library’s weekly “Friday Films” program will feature a family movie. 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- Artist Will Fleishell will present a drop-in figure drawing class. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- The Friday Noon Concert series will feature pianist Audrey Andrist. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will present a composer concert featuring works by Steven Schwarz, Emmanuel Dubois, Mark Simon, Jonathan Newmark and Leslie Bennett. A holiday reception will follow. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- Neil Weston, director of music at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, will present an organ recital featuring “Christmas Dance of the Little Animals,” “Christmas in Sicily” and other holiday selections. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
- The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Georgetown Visitation Madrigals. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
- Diana Gameros — a nationally recognized Mexican singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer based in the San Francisco Bay area — will perform songs from her new album, “Arrullo,” a love letter to her homeland made up of 13 renditions of classic Mexican songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Jazz Nights” series will feature D.C. jazz trio Epsilon, with Mike Okusami on bass, Paul Jung on drums and Matt Henderson on keyboard. 6 to 7:45 p.m. Free. Mezzanine, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- The Italian Cultural Institute will present “Alfabeto Falso,” a concert by Simone Vallerotonda and I Bassifondi mirroring a typical instrumental session in 17th-century Italy. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
- The National Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring conductor Jeannette Sorrell, the University of Maryland Concert Choir and soloists Sophie Daneman, Ann McMahon Quintero, Karim Sulayman and Christian Immler. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Folger Consort will hold a concert named after the Christmas carol “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming,” featuring German Advent and holiday music performed by the vocal ensemble Cathedra, viol consort Arcadia Viols, organist Adam Pearl and artistic co-director Robert Eisenstein. 8 p.m. $50. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Dec. 16 at 4 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 2 and 5 p.m.; Dec. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.; and Dec. 23 at 4 and 8 p.m.
Discussions and lectures
- The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host “CreativeMornings,” a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Great Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. creativemornings.com.
- Villanova University professor Victor Brooks will discuss his book “1967: The Year of Fire and Ice,” which features the dramatic events that occurred that year, ranging from the first Super Bowl to the start of the 1968 presidential campaign to the “Summer of Love.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
- The Potter’s House will screen “Homelessly in Love,” a feature-length documentary about the romantic lives of five men and women experiencing housing instability in the District. A Q&A will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- Ovations Studios will present Tchaikovsky’s ballet classic “The Nutcracker.” 6 p.m. $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- The Dance Institute of Washington will present “The Spirit of Kwanzaa,” featuring dance, music and spoken word with Farafina Kan, Taratibu Youth Association & Drummers, Melvin Deal, Dayo N Dance and more. 7 p.m. $12 to $25; free for ages 3 and younger. Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- “The Christmas Revels: A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice” will feature holiday carols, acting, folk dancing and music in line with the theme of a winter solstice celebration in a Quebec village. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $60. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 731 21st St. NW. revelsdc.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.
- Step Afrika! will present “Magical Musical Holiday Step Show 2017,” a family-friendly performance by the internationally renowned percussive dance company. 7:30 p.m. $18 to $40. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Dec. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m; Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.; Dec. 21, 22 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m.; and Dec. 27 and 29 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Washington National Opera will present “The Little Prince,” a holiday family opera based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic illustrated storybook. 7:30 p.m. $45 to $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- ThePianoGuys — who became YouTube stars by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos — will perform their new live show “Christmas Together.” 8 p.m. $60.75 to $103.75. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. thenationaldc.org/events. The performance will repeat Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The United Methodist Church will present “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour,” with a bedecked tour truck offering hot cocoa and collecting canned goods and coats for local people in need. 2 to 6 p.m. Free. 7th and H streets NW. UnwrapChristmas.org.
- As part of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Family Week, a backstage tour will follow the daily path of actors from dressing rooms to the stage. 5:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- In conjunction with the “ZooLights” festival, the National Zoo will host the GRUMP Holiday Market with arts and crafts made by local artisans. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Near the main entrance to the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will continue Saturday and Sunday with different vendors.
- The Heurich House Museum’s “Mini Markt: Wrap the Children’s Gifts” will feature children’s toys and clothing from D For Dolls and Outta Our Minds. The event will include a self-guided tour of the mansion decorated for the holidays. 5 to 8 p.m. $10; $2 for ages 2 through 12. Castle Garden, Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichchristmas.org/mini-markts.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
- Alliance Française de Washington will host a tasting of the macaron, the most coveted and beloved cookie of France. 7 p.m. $25 to $30; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- “The Underground After Hours” will feature music by DJ Amen Ra, illuminated art by local artist Brian Dailey and craft cocktails by Firefly bartender Brendan Ambrose. 7 to 10 p.m. $18 to $20. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Los Angeles Clippers. 7 p.m. $12 to $177. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- “Gardener’s Focus: Holiday Decor” will feature a tour led by Hillwood floral and event decor designer Ami Wilber highlighting Christmas trees inspired by Marjorie Post’s spectacular gems and jewelry. 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. $15 to $18; tickets distributed at the Visitor Center upon opening each day. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.