- As part of the D.C. Public Library’s winter reading program, the National Building Museum will present a family “Winter Read-In,” featuring story times, arts and crafts, a pop-up multimedia center and learning hub, other fun activities and prizes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. dclibrary.org.
- The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- A weekly class on “Basic Knitting: Casting On, Garter Stitch, Purl Stitch” will offer instruction for beginners who want to learn the essential foundations of knitting. 5 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
- The Capital Accord Chorus will perform barbershop-style a cappella music as part of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “Holiday Music in the Garden” series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- “Thursdays at Noon” will feature National Portrait Gallery curator Dorothy Moss discussing Sylvia Plath’s painting “Triple Face Self-Portrait.” Noon. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The Anacostia Community Museum’s 50th anniversary Kwanzaa celebration will feature arts and crafts activities, including making paper dolls, Kwanzaa scrolls and Kwanzaa-inspired necklaces and bracelets. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE. 202-633-4844.
- The West End Library’s Thursday Morning FIlm Series will feature the 2005 murder mystery “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan and Val Kilmer. 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
- The National Gallery of Art will present Jean-Pierre Cottet and Guillaume Cottet’s 2017 documentary “Vermeer, Beyond Time,” which focuses on the artist’s family life, his artistic contemporaries, his conversion to Catholicism, and the wider world of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Dec. 29 and 30 at noon and Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.
- Gary Vider, one of the few comedians who have made it to the final 10 on “America’s Got Talent,” will perform as part of “Comedy at the Kennedy Center.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- 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. 29 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.
- The Washington National Cathedral will present a ceremonial wreath-laying on President Woodrow Wilson’s tomb with representatives of the U.S. military services on the anniversary of Wilson’s birth. 10:30 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.
- “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 Dec. 29, Dec. 30 and Jan. 1.
- Chef Jennifer Mcllvaine will present “Dinner at the Chef’s Table: Medieval Menu,” featuring a four-course meal paired with wines from Terre Margaritelli. 7 to 10 p.m. $75; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. viaumbria.com/events. The dinner will also be offered Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Boston Bruins. 7:30 p.m. $45 to $780. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.