- 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.
- Children will hear a story about Benjamin Franklin and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The In Series will present an interactive jazz musical about Duke Ellington for kids and their families. 1:30 p.m. $15 to $25. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763.
- 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.
Classes and workshops
- Tudor Place will present a herbal wreath workshop using foliage as well as herbs and spices like cinnamon or lavender to create a unique centerpiece. 10 a.m. to noon. $45 to $55. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- Dumbarton House will host an “English Country Dance” workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. $5. Bellevue Ballroom, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
- Tudor Place will present a “Historic Greenery” wreath workshop using a festive mix of greens freshly cut from heirloom plants such as holly, pine, cedar, magnolia and cypress. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $45 to $55. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- The Mount Pleasant Library will present a monthly “Family Yoga!” program. 2 p.m. Free. Children’s Room, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- Joshua Rich, piano virtuoso, composer, singer and entertainer, will perform songs from his new album, “Come on Over.” 1 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Divine Science Church, 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630.
- The U.S. Army Chorus 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 Washington Chorus will present “A Candlelight Christmas,” featuring brass, organ, singalongs and a candlelight processional. 2 and 5 p.m. $18 to $79. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m.
- The Steinway Series will feature The Boreal Trio — comprised of clarinetist Uriel Vanchestein, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and pianist Carlos Avila — performing works by Mozart, Robert Schumann, Max Bruch and Jean Francaix. 3 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street lobby at 2:30 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The U.S. Air Force Band’s Concert Band, Singing Sergeants and Airmen of Note will present “Spirit of the Season,” featuring classic and modern holiday music and a surprise visit from the North Pole. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. usafband.eventbrite.com.
- The Swiss-American Musical Society, conductor Christophe Sturzenegger and narrator Robert Baker will perform “The Soldier’s Tale” by Igor Stravinsky and “The Snow Queen” by Sturzenegger. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- Pianist Edmond Charles will accompany sopranos Angeli Ferrite and Pamela Simonson for American holiday classics as part of the Society of the Cincinnati’s American Music Series. 4 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-785-2040.
- The Washington National Cathedral will present a service of advent lessons and carols sung by the Cathedral Choirs. 4 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- The Chancel Choir, accompanied by harp and soloists and directed by Julie Vidrick Evans, will present Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” with a reception to follow. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202.
- The Children’s Chorus of Washington will present “Voices of Light,” featuring the group’s five ensembles. 4 p.m. $15 to $50. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-237-1005.
- “A Celtic Christmas” will return to Georgetown with Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton on lute, Celtic harp and other instruments; Joseph Cunliffe on flutes and pipes; and Steven Bloom on percussion. 4 p.m. $39 to $42. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.
- The Phillips Collection will present violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Roman Rabinovich performing works by works by Brahms and Bartók. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Warne Ballroom, Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. phillipscollection.org/music.
- The Washington Men’s Camerata will present “Christmas With the Camerata,” featuring familiar carols and popular melodies. 4 p.m. $15 to $25. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. camerata.com.
- The Thomas Circle Singers will present “The Wonder of Christmas,” featuring a choral procession with bells and an audience singalong with traditional carols. 4 to 7 p.m. $20 to $30. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. thomascirclesingers.org.
- The National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir, soloists and instrumentalists will perform Handel’s “Messiah.” 5 p.m. Free. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. nationalpres.org/concert-series.
- “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will feature music by John Rutter and David Willcocks, as well as traditional Christmas carols for all to sing. 5 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796.
- Students of Nelson Dougherty will perform a winter recital. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
- The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Voce Chamber Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
- The War and Treaty, a husband-and-wife duo, will perform a blend of roots, folk, gospel and soul. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Smithsonian Chamber Players will present a “Masterworks of Five Centuries” concert featuring works by Beethoven and Schubert on the violin, violoncello and fortepiano. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35; reservations required. Hall of Music, National Museum of American History, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
- Musician Jake Bugg will perform on a double bill with Shelby Blondell. 8 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000.
Discussions and lectures
- David M. Lubin, professor of art at Wake Forest University and visiting professor at Oxford University, will discuss “A Century Gone By: American Art and the First World War.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- Author Ingrid Anders will facilitate a monthly reading group for writers, with participants reading a celebrated short story aloud and discussing the literary devices used by the author (for ages 18 and older). 2:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Culinary historian and author Michael Twitty will discuss his book “The Cooking Gene.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- “Uptown Family Movies” will feature a screening of Frank Capra’s 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart. 10:30 a.m. $5.59. AMC Loews Uptown 1, 3426 Connecticut Ave. NW. amctheatres.com.
- “RSC Live” will present a screening of Angus Jackson’s production of “Coriolanus” featuring Sope Dirisu in the title role. 2 p.m. $20. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the 1993 film “Seven Songs for Malcolm X” and the 1988 film “The March.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- 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. The event will repeat Dec. 16 at 11 a.m.
- Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the National Portrait Gallery’s choreographer in residence, will present “I Am Vertical,” a new repertory that draws from Sylvia Plath’s writing and poetry. 2 and 4 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- “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 p.m. $12 to $60. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 731 21st St. NW. revelsdc.org. The performance will repeat Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (Family Friday), Dec. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 1 and 5 p.m.
- Dissonance Dance Theatre will present “Habibi,” about the communication of love between friends, lovers and family. 4 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.
- Poet and educator Matt Gallant will host “Jazz & Verse Open Mic,” an open mic poetry and music night. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
• The In Series will present “An Operetta Holiday,” featuring the music of operetta masters Strauss, Lehar, Friml, Herbert and Romberg in a program directed and conceived by Nick Olcott with Frank Conlon at the piano. 7 p.m. $22 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. 202-204-7763.
- “Chanukah Celebration 2017” will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and more. 10 a.m. to noon. $20 to $25 per family. Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW. edcjcc.org.
- A Russian Winter Festival will feature Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, folk music and dancing, art activities, fortune telling and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
- The 12th annual MetroCooking DC show, a two-day culinary showcase, will feature demonstrations by Carla Hall, José Andrés and other locally and nationally known chefs; book signings by cookbook authors; tastings; interactive workshops; and an expo with holiday gift options. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $10 to $21.50; free for ages 3 and younger with a paid adult. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. MetroCookingDC.com.
- 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.
- 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. 4:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. Tours will also be offered Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. and Friday at 5:15 p.m.
- “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).
- “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.