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18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights (R. Kennedy for Visit Alexandria)

Weekend Report: 14 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, November 30

Village at Shirlington Tree Lighting: This Thursday, The Village at Shirlington will host its annual tree lighting! The event kicks off with a Signature Theatre holiday production featuring the cast of The Holiday Follies, followed by the tree lighting at 6:30pm, hosted by NBC4's David Culver. The event also features festive horse and carriage rides, strolling entertainment and live music along with retail specials at retailers including Cheesetique, Busboys & Poets, Le Village Marche and more.

Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Theater Company: Stranded on the coast of Illyria, the quick-witted Viola assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines matching wits with a host of captivating characters—from the love-struck Olivia to the puritanical Malvolio. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: On November 30, 2017 the National Park Service and National Park Foundation will present the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Popular entertainers and a United States military band add to the celebratory evening.

BrewLights at ZooLights: Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights, a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event, will take place during ZooLights, powered by Pepco. Guests can enjoy beer tastings from a dozen breweries and sample complimentary snacks, all under the bright lights of Washington, D.C.'s favorite holiday tradition. All proceeds support the critical work of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute—including species preservation and animal care.

National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center: Witness the triumphant return of Yuja Wang as she effortlessly conquers Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5—a masterpiece of her instrument's repertoire. She joins new music director Gianandrea Noseda in a thematic program that explores the connections between three composers and their lives abroad. Tickets start at $15.

Friday, December 1

Del Ray Artisans’ 22nd Annual Holiday Market: Del Ray Artisans’ Annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, including pottery/ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, paper crafts and glass. Artists donate a percentage of their sales back to Del Ray Artisans to help support future exhibits and programs. (Dec 1 -3)

Winterfest at Wunder Garten Begins: Wunder Garten is excited to announce the premiere of Winterfest. Beginning December 1 and continuing through December 17, Wunder Garten, in collaboration with the NoMa BID, will transform into a winter wonderland, festooned with decorations and decked in holiday lights. Winterfest will include a makers market featuring Made In DC vendors, art installations, and a Christmas tree lot with local food vendors, live music, warm cocktails, and more.

District Distilling Co. Opens New Tasting Room: To celebrate the opening of the Tasting Room at District Distilling Co., the distillery will host a ‘spirited’ open house. From 4:00- 7:00pm, guests can preview and enjoy the new space while sampling complimentary seasonal cocktails and complimentary bites Executive Chef Justin Bittner designed to pair with District Distilling Co.’s spirits.

Saturday, December 2

47th Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk & Parade: The Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade takes place on Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., when dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, as well as terriers and hounds.

Cook For A Cause Event at Declaration: Declaration restaurant in North End Shaw invites guests on Saturday, December 2, from 12pm-2pm to join Food Network Chopped Champion and Corporate Executive Chef Demetrio Zavala and “Cook for a Cause.” Learn how to make your own crudo and homemade pizza, with a gluten-free option also available. Tickets are $35 and include the ingredients, demonstration, and one beverage (cocktail, beer, or wine). All proceeds will be donated to Martha’s Table. Guests are also encouraged to bring gently used clothing and household goods to be donated to Martha’s Outfitters.

18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights: Experience one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions with the 18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Alexandria's harbor shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. Boats will be decked to impress a panel of judges who will award prizes in eleven categories, including Best in Show, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box, and Hardiest Souls. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and D.C. media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as the parade announcer.

Smithsonian Holiday Festival: Join the National Museum of American History on December 2-3 and celebrate the holiday season in Smithsonian style! Over the course of two days visitors can enjoy free live music, food history demonstrations, book signings, a gift wrapping station, holiday treats on sale, and more.

Sunday, December 3

Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival: Chocolate Lovers come together to enjoy a day to celebrate the art of Chocolate. There is something for everyone including lots of Chocolate vendors, shopping from local artists, drinks, food, and live music and did we mention Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate.

Old Town TubaChristmas: Be a part of the 1st Annual Old Town TubaChristmas! A tradition since 1974, the 44th holiday celebration of our Noble Instrument comes to Alexandria, bringing 'deeper' meaning to the glorious songs of Christmas. Registration is at 12:00 pm, rehearsal at 1:00 pm, and the concert is at 3:00 pm. The concert is open to the public, and a good time is guaranteed for all!

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