- The Chevy Chase DC Friends of the Library group’s used bookstore FOLio will offer “Super Sale Saturdays” in December with hardcover books for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Second floor, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- The group Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library will hold its weekly used-book sale. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature “Holiday Songs: Music Around the World” by Bright Star Theatre. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. thenationaldc.org/winter-2017.
- The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552.
- “Parents’ Day Out” will offer a chance to leave children ages 3 and older to do seasonal crafts, play games, make cookies and have fun. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Suggested donation of $15 per child; reservations required. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. email@example.com.
- “Children’s Christmas Party” will feature a craft activity, a holiday-themed snack and Christmas stories. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $8 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- “Tea With Santa” will offer families a chance to visit with Santa, hear a special holiday story and enjoy a holiday tea with hot apple cider, sandwiches, desserts and special tea blends. Afterward, children will have a chance to decorate gingerbread cookies to take home. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15 to $30. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
- Keegan Theatre will present “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” a children’s musical based on an Irish folk tale (for ages 3 and older). 11 a.m. $15. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767. The performance will repeat Dec. 17, 23, 26, 30 and 31 at 11 a.m.
- A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
- “From Our Happy Home” will explore ways people of the past and today create feelings of comfort and warmth in the cold winter months through a variety of art activities focused on author Louisa May Alcott. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. swedenabroad.com/washington.
- A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
Classes and workshops
- The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Cory Miller. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center. kennedy-center.org.
- The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present “A Family Christmas,” featuring songs about Santa, Rudolph and Frosty (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. $20 to $45. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Centennial High School Madrigals will perform holiday carols. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- The Cathedral Choral Society’s 41st annual “Joy of Christmas” concert will feature a newly commissioned carol by popular British composer Paul Mealor as well as Christmas favorites and a festive carol singalong. Led by guest conductor Betsy Burleigh, the concert will include performances by the Lyric Brass Quintet and the Washington Latin Public Charter School Honors Choir. 2 and 7 p.m. $15 to $25. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
- Encore Rocks Choruses from D.C., Virginia and Maryland will perform holiday favorites. 3 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 301-261-5747.
- The Washington Chorus will present “A Candlelight Christmas,” featuring brass, organ, singalongs and a candlelight processional. 4 p.m. $18 to $79. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday and Friday at 7 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. 4 and 8 p.m. $50. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat 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.
- The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Capital Harmonia. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
- The Washington Symphonic Brass Quintet will present “Sounds of the Season,” featuring songs such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” 4 to 8 p.m. $39 to $42. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.
- Sweet Heaven Kings, an acclaimed 16-member gospel brass and percussion band based in Anacostia, will present its annual holiday program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The KC Jazz Club will present a concert by the trio Harriet Tubman featuring a blend of jazz, electronic, rock and funk music. 7 and 9 p.m. $26 to $39. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Music With the Angels Concert Series will present award-winning performers and composers Zulfugar Baghirov on saxophone and Ramin Amir Arjomand on piano. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734.
- Professional choir The Thirteen will present “Northern Lights,” exploring visions of the Christmas story from the far north and featuring music from over four centuries. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $30. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. TheThirteenChoir.org.
- 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 Sunday at 1 p.m.
Discussions and lectures
- Rock Creek Conservancy’s Scott Einberger will discuss “Eccentric Poet Joaquin Miller as Environmentalist and Civil Rights Activist,” about the man who in the 1880s lived in a log cabin that stands today in Rock Creek Park. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. rockcreekconservancy.org.
- A representative from the nonprofit Carecen will discuss how to navigate the immigration process and the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen (in English and Spanish). 2:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels will present their 2016 film “Zuzana: Music Is Life,” about Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, the only musician to have recorded the complete keyboard works of Bach. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- The National Geographic Museum will screen “Jerusalem 3-D,” which features aerial footage of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $7. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The film will also be shown Dec. 17, 30 and 31.
- The National Gallery of Art will present a “Ciné-Concert” screening of Ernst Lubitsch and John M. Stahl’s 1927 film “The Student Prince.” The screening will feature organist Dennis James in performance. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
Performances and readings
- As part of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Family Week, “A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream” will offer a look at the world of Puck’s magical forest. Group activities and a discussion with the cast will follow the performance. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- Ovations Studios will present Tchaikovsky’s ballet classic “The Nutcracker.” 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. The performance will repeat Sunday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Sweet Spot Aerial Productions will present “A Circus Carol,” about a high school where chaos reigns supreme as teachers, administrators and students try to put together their annual holiday pageant. 1 and 6 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 6 p.m.
- Washington National Opera will present “The Little Prince,” a holiday family opera based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic illustrated storybook. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $45 to $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat 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. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $12 to $60. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 731 21st St. NW. revelsdc.org. The performance will repeat 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. 2 and 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. 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.
- The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC will present “The Holiday Show,” featuring new songs and traditional favorites. 3 and 8 p.m. $25 to $65. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 877-435-9849. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 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.” 4 and 8 p.m. $60.75 to $103.75. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. thenationaldc.org/events.
- 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. 6 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 Sunday at 2 p.m.
- A benefit reading of playwright Justin Tanner’s “Happytime Xmas” — about a dysfunctional family whose problems may be finally be solved when the matriarch is scheduled to appear on an episode of “Wheel of Fortune” to be shown on Christmas Day — will feature Amanda Haddock, Jean Miller, Emily Morrison, James Radack and Yasmin Tuazon. 8 p.m. $20. Third Floor, 4200 9th St. NW. theklunch.com.
- Dance Place’s annual “Kwanzaa Celebration” will feature Coyaba Dance Theater performing dances depicting celebration, harvest and community. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s annual simulcast Christmas service with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem will feature choirs, readings and carols in D.C. and Palestine via live satellite telecast. 9:30 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.
- The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate” event, from 10 a.m. to noon; and a “Rock n Skate” event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666.
- Aid to Artisans will hold its 2017 Holiday Craft Sale, featuring handmade artisan crafts from Egypt, Guatemala, Colombia, India and other countries. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Creative Learning, Suite 104, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW. aidtoartisans.org. The sale will continue daily through Monday.
- 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 Petworth Business Association’s 12th annual Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair will feature 40-plus vendors selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods, as well as live music and craft workshops. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 800 block of Upshur Street NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. 22 and 23.
- “Book Hill’s Winter Wonderland” will feature a meet and greet with Santa, music and children’s activities in conjunction with holiday specials and festive bites at 20-plus shops and cafes along Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road NW. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Parking lot, TD Bank, 1611 Wisconsin Ave. NW. georgetowndc.com.
- The Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest will feature clinics with players and coaches as well as opportunities to make a snow fort, take batting practice, participate in a “steal home challenge” and listen to winter- and baseball-themed stories read by players. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 to $35. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. nationals.com/winterfest. The event will continue Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 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.
- Friends of Rose Park will host a 2017 Holiday Party featuring music from the Georgetown Chimes, pictures with Santa, craft activities and hot chocolate. 3 to 5 p.m. Free admission; attendees are asked to bring new, unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots. Rose Park, 26th and O streets 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).
- 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 Sunday with different vendors.
- “Festival of Mics: A Chanukah Celebration” will feature a karaoke holiday celebration with the live band HariKaraoke. The event will include festive drinks, a craft-your-own latke bar and a chance to put your dreidel skills to the test. 8 p.m. $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Anaheim Ducks. 8 p.m. $35 to $272. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- Joseph LMS Green will host “Youth Open Mic” as part of a monthly series that features poets, singers, musicians and actors from area middle and high schools. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
Tours and walks
- “As the Wheel Turns” will feature tours of Peirce Mill about the power of water and its connection to food. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. The tours will also be offered Sunday.
- A park ranger will lead a walking tour of the area once known as Herring Hill, a historically African-American area of Georgetown. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Meet in front of the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070.
- A park ranger will lead a 1.5-mile walking tour of Georgetown, with a focus on the port city’s rough beginnings and its rise as a posh Washington neighborhood. 2 p.m. Free. Meet in front of the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070.