22 Fun Things to Do in December
Celebrate the season with The Snow Queen, light displays, sing-alongs, holiday markets and a whole lot more.
When: Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Where: The Alden, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean
A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when it brings a snowman to life. But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join the two as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills, chills and the true magic of Christmas. Performed by Barter Players Encore Company. Tickets $10-$15.
When: Dec. 14, 7:30 P.M.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington
Get your fill of holiday classics and bear witness to the talents of the Outstanding Young Artist piano competition victors at this performance by the National Chamber Ensemble. Note: You may want to do some vocal exercises beforehand—there’s a sing-along at the end, led by tenor Patrick D. McCoy, who also returns to sing “Comfort Ye” and the aria “Every Valley” from Handel’s Messiah.
When: Through Jan. 5, 5:30 – 10 p.m. (last tickets sold at 9:15 p.m.)
Where: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna
Every year, Meadowlark’s botanical landscape is transformed into a magical half-mile spectacle of lights. Bring the family and stroll through perennial favorites, including an animated lakeside display, fountain of lights and holiday nature walk, ending with a marshmallow roast and hot beverages by the fire. The light spectacular is open every evening through Jan. 5—including Christmas and New Year’s. Timed tickets $8-$17.
When: Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m.
Where: The Falls Church Episcopal, 166 E. Broad St., Falls Church
Get another classical take on seasonal favorites from the Washington Sinfonietta orchestra, including a rendition of “Sleigh Ride.” (And yes, expect a sing-along here as well.)