The must-see holiday attraction is back! ICE! featuring the 1957 Dr. Seuss classic, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Watch how the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the Whos of Who-ville through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience favorite scenes from this Christmas special such as the Grinch lurking through the chimneys of the Who-ville homes, the Grinch’s heart growing three sizes after realizing Christmas means a little bit more and sitting down at the Whos’ feast where the Grinch carves the roast beast. Everything is hand-carved from 2 million pounds of ice! Learn more about the making of ICE!, confirm daily event times or catch a sneak peak of the event by visiting www.ChristmasAtGaylordNational.com.
Get into the holiday spirit at Glen Echo Park’s annual Winter’s Eve celebration! It’s FREE, open to the public, and visitors of all ages will enjoy Holiday Crafts, a Hot Chocolate Bar, Open Artist Studios, and more! The Park’s Holiday Art Show & Sale will be open with special extended hours from to 7pm, giving visitors with a unique opportunity to shop for holiday gifts. Glen Echo Glassworks will be open for DIY Blown Glass Ornament Making ($35 per ornament) and Photoworks offers Holiday Portrait Sessions with a $25 donation to Photoworks.
Join Silver Spring Craft Market on Sunday, December 15 between 1:00-6:00 PM, for the last craft market of the 2019 holiday season! We’ll be bringing a variety of vendors to give you a choice of gifts for friends and family. Follow Silver Spring Craft Market here on Facebook and over on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all our markets and local vendors.
Looking for a little adventure? Follow the clues as you hike around Cabin John Park to solve a new nature-themed puzzle each month.
This month we’re hosting a holiday-themed scavenger hunt: I spy with my little eye, swirls of snow and stars in the sky, woodland critters in warm mittens and coats, and little silver bells playing musical notes.
Check-in at the front desk any time between 2 pm and 5 pm for the clues. Then work together with your family to find hidden objects in the park along the trails.
$2 per person. Please register both adults and children over the age of 2. Natural surface trails are not stroller accessible. Severe weather cancels the program.
Register by Friday, December 13 to receive a prize for completing the hunt.
Register Now: https://bit.ly/33bMlKZ
Come to Locust Grove for December’s theme week: Solstice Days. The Nature Center will feature special exhibits, complimentary hot chocolate in the lobby, and a self-guided reflection hike. Free and open to all participants. No registration required.
**SPECIAL ACTIVITIES & EXHIBITS**
Wednesday through Sunday from 1pm to 6pm
– Free hot chocolate for visitors.
– Self-guided reflection hike.
– Shadow puppet theater.
– Animal enclosures decorated for the holidays.
– Solstice-themed crafts.
**LIGHT UP THE NIGHT**
Each night after dark, from about 4pm to 6pm, we’ll also feature:
– Campfire with marshmallows.
– Luminary-lit reflection hike in the woods.
– Glow in the dark features in the NEA.
Want to meet the SugarPlum Fairy from The Nutcracker? You are cordially invited to join us at our SugarPlum Tea Party in December! Please call or click for tickets. These will sell out quickly!
-Meet the SugarPlum Fairy and other characters from The Nutcracker!
-Enjoy a ballet class and a craft
-Enjoy a snack and a sweet treat
Each child needs a ticket; parents are admitted free of charge. This event is age-appropriate for children ages 3-7.
Sat: Pre-concert lecture, 6:45-7:15pm; Sun: 1:45-2:15pm
Esther Heideman, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Smith, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor
No Christmas celebration is complete without a performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah, a work that has delighted and inspired audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1741. The perennial favorite features such timeless highlights as “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
“The chorus was phenomenal, totally responsive to [National Philharmonic Chorale Artistic Director Stan] Engebretson’s directions.” — The Washington Post
Purchase tickets early to these popular performances!
Holiday Toy Drive, Dec. 22: Participate in Chords of Kindness, a toy drive hosted by Community Ministries of Rockville and the National Philharmonic.