FRIENDSHIP FIREHOUSE MUSEUM EXHIBIT @ Friendship Firehouse – Alexandria
visit a firehouse built in 1855 and restored in 1992. Exhibit features leather water buckets, axes, sections of old rubber hose, firefighting equipment and ceremonial objects such as parade uniforms, capes and banners. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free. 703-705-9462.

” ‘Tis the Season.” 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, 1426 N. Quincy St. $3; seniors and 12 and younger, $2. 703-228-6070.


“THE PENGUIN STORY” @ Classika Theatre
for age 3 and older, puppet show by Lilia Slavova, Julia Tasheva and Jan Forbes. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Jan. 25; other performances, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 23-25, 30 and 31, Jan. 1 and 2, Classika Theatre, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 800-494-8497.

“THE NUTCRACKER” @ Alliance Dance Institute
performance by the Alexandria Ballet. Opens 7 p.m. Saturday; other performances, 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 28, no performance Dec. 6, Alliance Dance Institute, 5801 Duke St., Suite E-200, Alexandria. $20. 703-354-6000.

Green Community @ National Building Museum
Green Community explores the origins of our precarious ecological situation and introduces communities large and small where citizens, political leaders, planning and design professionals, developers, and government agencies are working together for a more sustainable future.

The Original Christmas Classics @ Pentagon City Mall
Families can catch screenings of three popular holiday classics – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – on a high definition plasma screen.

ZooLights @ National Zoo
The zoo shines with thousands of environmentally friendly lights and animated exhibits featuring many of the zoo’s most popular animals. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities, such as making crafts and bird feeders, roasting marshmallows, watching ice sculpting demonstrations, and listening to choral groups and storytellers. Visit the website for the daily schedule of events.

Scottish Preview @ Alexandria
Put on your kilt for the annual Scottish Preview (a week before the Scottish Walk). The event, honoring Alexandria’s Scottish heritage, includes Scottish music, performances by highland and country dancers, and historical re-enactors displaying and discussing period clothing, weaponry, and armor. Local breed rescue groups, including Westhighland Terrier “Westie,” Cairn Terrier, Collie, Sheltie, and Border Terrier organizations, bring some very special four-legged friends looking for good homes.


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