Events calendar: Friday, Dec. 22


Children’s programs

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Sound Advice Quartet. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
  • Encore Chorale, the dynamic ensemble formed for first-time or returning musicians over the age of 55, will present an evening of crowd-pleasing holiday music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Washington Chorus will present “A Candlelight Christmas,” featuring brass, organ, singalongs and a candlelight processional. 7 p.m. $18 to $79. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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. 23 at 4 and 8 p.m.


  • National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will discuss “The Christmas Story in Art.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • 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. 27 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.

Special events

  • The 27th annual “BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show” will feature holiday items, home accessories, clothes, jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-550-7060. The sale will continue Dec. 23.
  • 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. 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 West End Library will host its twice-weekly program “Between the Lines: Coloring Club for Adults.” 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Heurich House Museum’s “Mini Markt: Set the Table” will feature food and serving ware. 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. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
  • “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).
  • “Go Tell It on the Mountain” will share the Christmas story through Scripture and song, led by the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choir and the Washington National Cathedral Band. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.


  • “Gardener’s Focus: Bones of the Winter Garden” will feature a tour led by Brian Barr, director of horticulture at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. 12:45 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. The tour will repeat Dec. 26, 28 and 29 at 12:45 p.m.