Weekend Round Up December 14, 2017

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This Saturday, Dec. 16, is Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy Arlington National Cemetery Tours.

Among the musical holiday celebrations this weekend: Signature Theatre’s “Holiday Follies,” Washington National Opera’s “The Little Prince,” Washington Revels’ “The Christmas Revels” and the Cathedral Choral Society’s “Joy of Christmas.” There are at least two Santa-ops in Georgetown on Saturday, also Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery. And on Thursday, you can “Glow All Night” …

‘Holiday Follies’ Cabaret

Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. in Arlington, Virginia, presents its “Holiday Follies,” Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15, at 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 and 8:30 p.m. Attendees can grab a hot toddy from Ali’s Bar and slip in for a fun evening of favorite seasonal tunes, blended with humor and a generous helping of holiday cheer. Tickets are $35. For details, visit sigtheatre.org or call 703-820-9771.

An Evening with the Piano Guys

YouTube superstars the Piano Guys bring their one-of-a-kind arrangements and comedic charm to the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, for a limited holiday residency. These four Utah dads became an online sensation through their self-made music videos, including versions of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Let it Go” from “Frozen.” Performances are Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $60.75 to $90.75. For details, visit thenationaldc.org or call 800-447-7400.

‘The Little Prince’

All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center on Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera — about a young boy’s quest across the cosmos to find new companionship — also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children’s Chorus. Tickets are $45 to $65. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

‘The Christmas Revels’

Washington Revels presents “The Christmas Revels” at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 and 5 p.m. Attendees will journey to Trois-Rivières to celebrate winter holidays in a small Québec village with a cast of more than 100, aged 8 to 85. This energetic winter celebration will feature carols, wild dancing, foot-stomping instrumentals and a flying canoe. Tickets are $12 to $60. For details, visit revelsdc.org or call 301-587-3835.

Embassy of Bulgaria Dinner Reception

Events BKE and the International Club of DC present an evening at the Embassy of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd St. NW, on Friday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will include a buffet feast of dishes such as ljutenica — a uniquely Bulgarian delicacy of roasted peppers, tomatoes, carrot, onions, condiments and eggplant — and the pork and vegetable stew known as monastery gyuvech; Bulgarian wine served at the open bar; a performance by the folk-dance ensemble Zharava; and an overview of Bulgarian culture, geography and tourism. Tickets are $65. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Wreaths Across America Day

Arlington National Cemetery Tours will assist the Wreaths Across America organization in placing ribboned wreaths at the foot of every headstone in Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, that celebrates our nation’s military veterans dating back more than 150 years. The event will begin at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial near the main gates at 8:15 a.m., followed by wreath distribution at 9:15 a.m. (those who wish to volunteer will be given instructions). For details, visit arlingtontours.com.

Free Community Craftermorning

On Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m., the Secret Life of Daydreams presents a free (with RSVP) morning of crafting at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. All supplies will be provided. For details, visit secretdaydreams.com or call 202-727-0232.

Book Hill’s Winter Wonderland

Also on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Book Hill will welcome kids of all ages to the TD Bank parking lot, 1611 Wisconsin Ave. NW, for photos with Santa and seasonal music, food and hot chocolate. There will also be a letters-to-Santa station, other kids’ activities and an ugly sweater competition. For details, visit georgetowndc.com.

Friends of Rose Park Holiday Event

Area residents are invited to drop by the Rose Park play area, 26th and O Streets NW, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. to listen to the Georgetown Chimes, meet Santa Claus and have their (and their pet’s) photo taken with the Big Guy. The event also includes games, crafts, hot chocolate and train rides. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift for the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots drive. For details, visit roseparkdc.org.

Four Decades of Rioja  

On Saturday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., Maria Stevens, brand ambassador of Grupo Faustino, will take participants on a journey through four classic vintages of Gran Reserva Rioja at Pearson’s Liquor & Wine Annex, 2436 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Meats, cheeses, and tapas will be paired with Faustino’s 2016 white Rioja and followed by four vintages of red Gran Reserva Rioja from 1970, 1986, 1995 and 2005 for pre-sale only. Tickets are $30 per person (21+). For details, visit pearsonswine.com or call 202-333-6666.

Cathedral Choral Society: ‘Joy of Christmas

These concerts, a well-loved Washington holiday tradition, include Christmas favorites, a festive carol sing-along and a newly commissioned carol by British composer Paul Mealor. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $80. For details, visit cathedralchoralsociety.org or call 202-537-2228. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

The Nutcracker Tea

On Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes St. in Arlington, Virginia, will host a high tea followed by a mini-performance of “The Nutcracker” by BalletNova. Tickets are $44 to $75. For details, visit balletnova.org or call 703-778-3008.

‘Gingerbreadpalooza!’

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, invites families to follow the gumdrops to Tudor Place for a festive, family-friendly session of gingerbread-house crafting on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. After a brief tour and story, participants will design their own house, cottage or mansion. Tickets are $15 for children and $5 for accompanying adults. For details, visit tudorplace.org or call 202-965-0400.

‘The Holly and the Ivy’

The City Choir of Washington’s holiday concert, on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m., will feature music by Vaughan Williams, Duruflé and Whitacre, plus a world-premiere setting of “Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sang” by artistic director Robert Shafer. The showcased high school choir will be A Capella! from James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, under the direction of Sandra Zinkievich. Tickets for the concert, at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW, are $15 to $50. For details, visit thecitychoirofwashington.org or call 571-206-8525.

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