Weekend Happenings: December 25-27
Posted on December 22, 2015

The holidays have finally arrived! While some like to take it slow and relax; there are still plenty of great activities for those looking to spend the holiday weekend out and about!

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Washington, DC Events:

Season’s Greetings: Pollination Station
United States Botanic Garden
National Mall, Maryland Ave. SW, DC
Time: Thru January 3rd, 10am- 5pm
Cost: FREE

Visit the US Botanic Garden and see one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington DC! The showcase also includes poinsettias, a train display and all of the sights & sounds of a botanical winter wonderland!

Zoo Lights
Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC
Time: Thru January 2nd, 5-9pm
Cost: FREE

Make Zoo Lights part of your annual tradition! Thousands of visitors will see the more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights that transform the Zoo into a dazzling winter wonderland. There will also be music performances, tasty treats and opportunities for holiday shopping.

Maryland Events:

Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E Pratt St., Baltimore
Time: Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm
Cost: $5

Join in on this festive celebration! Experience the energy of live dance and music performance. The event also includes storytelling, craft activities, and more!

Holiday Open House
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
700 Otter Point Rd., Abingdon
Time: Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm
Cost: FREE

Come out and be a part of a relaxing afternoon! You’ll have the opportunity to visit with the naturalist, take a holiday photo with the critters and enjoy light refreshments.

Virginia Events:

Madeline and the Gypsies
Creative Cauldron
410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church
Time: Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm & 4:30pm
Cost: $20

Come see a classic Madeline adventure and she gets swept away by gypsies and becomes a part of their carnival!  Visit the website to learn about how you can get discounted tickets.

Bull Run Festival of Lights
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville
Time: Friday–Sunday, thru January 3rd, 5:30-10pm (also open Monday – Thursday, 5:30-9:30pm)
Cost: $20 per car, Friday thru Sunday

For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights draws hundreds of visitors from around the DMV to view over 40,000 lights set to holiday music!

Concerts, Theatre, & Sporting Events at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Harlem Globetrotters, Royal Farms Arena, Saturday
  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Birchmere, Saturday
  • Matilda the Musical, The Kennedy Center, Saturday & Sunday
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Lyric Opera House,  Saturday & Sunday
  • 19th Annual Hank Williams Tribute, Birchmere, Sunday
  • Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadians, Verizon Center, Saturday
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

hateful eightThe Hateful Eight
Duration: 168 Minutes
Genre: Western

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.  Will they survive?

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson

Duration: 124 Minutes
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History

The story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez

daddys homeDaddy’s Home
Duration: 96 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

A mild—mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children.  Complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the kid’s affection.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Alessandra Ambrosio