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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Nov. 20-27

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<b>Thursday/Nov. 22

</b> Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Turkey Trot. 10 a.m. at Cora Kelly Elementary School. Run or walk a five-mile road race. $15/adult with two cans of food, while children 12 and under are $10 with two cans of food. Food will be donated to ALIVE! Register online before Monday, Nov. 19 and save $5. Visit www.turkeytrot.pwba.org.

<b>Friday/Nov.23

</b> Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Tree Lighting. 7-9 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St., City of Alexandria will kick off the holiday season with music and Santa Claus. Free. 703-838-4844.

Dance party. 9 p.m.-midnight at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Come to a traditional Argentine Tango Party. $10/person. Visit www.tangoduos.com or 301-806-1510.

<b>Saturday/Nov. 24

</b> Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Author Talk. George Dodge will sign his book "Images of America-Arlington National Cemetery" from 1-3 p.m. at Walden Books in Landmark Shopping Center on Duke. Free.

Scottish Preview. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Celebrate with activities, performances and demonstrations. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or 703-838-4994.

<b>Sunday/Nov. 25

</b> Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Holiday Concert. 2 p.m., the Alexandria Harmonizers Chorus will perform at Market Square, 301 King St. Free. 703-883-4686.

<b>Monday/Nov. 26

</b> Student Knitters. Learn to knit and share your skills with others. Bring your own needles. Ages 10-18. 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Mystery Group. Discuss "No Good Deeds" by Laura Lippman. Adults. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Small Wonders. Stories and fingerplays for the very young. Ages 12-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. For children ages 1-2 years with an adult. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages welcome. Free. 703-519-5900.

<b>Tuesday/Nov. 27

</b> Evening Book Discussion Group. "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. No registration required. 703-339-4610.

Fabulous Fetes. 6-9 p.m. at Fabulous Fetes, 109 Clermont Ave. Sample hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and more. See the latest trends and more from local vendors. Free. Reservations required, 202-337-2000 or Katherine@avaloncaterers.com.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Children ages 24-36 months with adult can participate. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

StoryTime. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 can listen to stories with an adult. Sign up half hour before. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 can participate in a variety of activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

<b>Wednesday/Nov. 28

</b> Kingstowne Library Writer’s Peer Review Group. For those seriously pursuing the path to publication with short fiction, novels, or writing scripts. Adults. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. No registration required. 703-339-4610.

Stories and Songs in Spanish. 10:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. All ages welcome. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6 with adult can listen to stories and participate in activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Holiday Shopping Bazaar. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church Preschool, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. Meet the author of the "Plaid" books, browse clothes, purses, books, and more. 703-765-7867.

<b>Thursday/Nov. 29

</b> Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Science & Stories. Stories, activities and an age appropriate science experiment. Age 4-6 with adult. 4 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Wooly Bears. Seasonal stories about bears, wild and Teddy. Age 3-6 with adult. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. To register call 703-339-4610.

Tales about Tails. Stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft. Ages 2-5 with adult.10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

StoryTime. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-519-5900.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-5 can listen to stories. Free. 703-838-4566.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 1-2 years with adult can enjoy a variety of Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4566.

Short Story Discussion. 7-8:30 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Discuss stories from "Art of the Story" by David Halpern. Free. Call Mark at 703-519-3498.

StoryTime. 4 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Scottish Christmas Walk Marketplace. Noon-5 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Shop for a variety of holiday items, visit a café and buy heather and greens. Visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com or 703-549-0111.

Holiday Open House. 6-9 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. There will be live music, art raffle, prizes, wine and more. Free. Encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for holiday drive. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Theatre Performance. T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., presents "Romeo and Juliet" at 7:30 p.m. $7/adult; $5/student, senior. 703-824-6800.

Holiday Pottery Show and Sale. Noon-6 p.m. at The Art League in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Purchase a variety of items by residents ranging from $5-$100. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-5358.

Celtic Concert. 8-9:30 p.m. at the Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Listen to fiddlers, pipers, Scottish dancers and more. $30/person. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Children’s Concert. 10-11 a.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. $5/person. Enjoy music by Al "Mr. Al" Rasso. Visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Children's Tea Party. 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Features children's author and Alexandria resident Leslie Young, accompanied by the main character in her books, Plaid the Scottie dog. Leslie will read from "Plaid: A Tale of Compassion" and "Plaid: A Tale of Joy," and children can have their picture taken with Plaid. $30/adult and child and $10/each additional ticketVisit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

<b>Friday/Nov. 30

</b> Artists Holiday Reception. The Del Ray Artisans' Fine Art & Crafts Holiday Market will have a free reception from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Lunch Bunch. Bring your lunch and join us for stories. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. To register call 703-971-0010.

Holiday Dinner Theater. Alexandria Harmonizers Chorus presents "A Very Merry Musical" at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. $15/adult; children ages 6-12 are $7; age 5 and under free. Enjoy favorite songs and a family meal with Santa. Reserved table seating. Visit www.harmonizers.org or 240-206-9626 for tickets.

Holiday Market. 7-9:30 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Browse a variety of arts and crafts by 18 artists. Free. Visit www.delrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Children ages 24-36 months with adult can participate. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Scottish Christmas Walk Marketplace. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Shop for a variety of holiday items, visit a café and buy heather and greens. Visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com or 703-549-0111.

Santa Train. Departs Union Station at 1:20 p.m. and travels to Manassas, returning at 3:30 p.m. with Santa and his elves on board. Souvenirs, activities and more. $15/person available only at Whistle Stop Hobbies, 130 S. Royal St. 703-549-4912.

Theatre Performance. T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., presents "Romeo and Juliet" at 7:30 p.m. $7/adult; $5/student, senior. 703-824-6800.

Tree Sale. The Alexandria Police department Christmas tree sale begins at the Alexandria Union Station parking lot (110 Callahan Drive). The official lot hours are: Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This year's tree selection includes Scotch Pines, Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs, and Concolor Firs. They will range in size from 4 1/2 feet to 10 feet tall. Proceeds benefit the Alexandria Police Youth Camp.

Holiday Pottery Show and Sale. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at The Art League in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Purchase a variety of items by residents ranging from $5-$100. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-5358.

Children’s Concert. 10-11 a.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. $5/person. Enjoy music by Al "Mr. Al" Rasso. Visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 1

</b>Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Holiday Dinner Theater. Alexandria Harmonizers Chorus presents "A Very Merry Musical" at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. $15/adult; children ages 6-12 are $7; age 5 and under free. Enjoy favorite songs and a family meal with Santa. Reserved table seating. Visit www.harmonizers.org or 240-206-9626 for tickets.

Craft Sale. Heritage Presbyterian Church is holding a craft sale "Made by the Bell" from 9 a.m.-noon at the church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to support Heritage Presbyterian Women’s outreach programs for children and women. Call Jenny Kennedy at 703-360-9546 or visit www.heritagechurchva.org for more information.

Art & Crafts Holiday Market. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Search through gifts created by more than 20 artist members and enjoy baked goods. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1608 Russell road. Free. There will be a silent auction, vendors, variety of items, children’s activities and more. 703-683-0798.

Holiday Pottery Show and Sale. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at The Art League in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Purchase a variety of items by residents ranging from $5-$100. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-5358.

Scottish Parade. 10:30 a.m. throughout Old Town. Free. See dogs, history units and more. Visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com or 703-549-0111.

Home Tour. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout Old Town. Tour six homes decorated for the holidays. $25/advance; $30/at door. Visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com or 703-549-0111.

Scottish Christmas Walk Marketplace. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Shop for a variety of holiday items, visit a café and buy heather and greens. Visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com or 703-549-0111.

Ornament Decorating Workshop. 1-4 p.m. at Alexandria Archeology Museum in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Decorate artifact shaped ornaments. Free. Visit www.alexandriaarcheology.org or 703-838-4399.

Kwanzaa Craft Workshop. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Learn about the holiday and how to make Kwanzaa gifts. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-838-4356.

A Soldier’s Christmas. Noon-4 p.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. The First Virginia Regiment will highlight the life of a soldier during the American Revolutionary War. Includes demonstrations, music, gaming and more. The Regimental surgeon will discuss medicine and show 18th century surgical instruments. Admission is a suggested $5 donation per person. Visit www.carlylehouse.org or 703-548-2997.

Holiday Open House. Noon-4 p.m. at Whole Foods Market on Duke Street. Sample a variety of holiday foods and more. Find copies of "Your Holiday Best" and more. Free. Visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com for more.

Theatre Performance. T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., presents "Romeo and Juliet" at 7:30 p.m. $7/adult; $5/student, senior. 703-824-6800.

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Begins at 3 p.m. with a holiday review featuring local school groups performing. Santa will arrive via boat dockside at the gazebo. Pets are welcome for photos as well. Boat parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. Visit www.funside.com for more.

Lights of Love. The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary will present the 25th annual Lights of Love program at 5 p.m. in the hospital's main lobby. Entertainment includes the "Festival of Music" by the West Potomac High School Soundsations and songs by Dr. Cleve Francis, Inova MVH cardiologist and renowned vocalist. A reception in the hospital cafeteria will follow the program. The hospital is located at 2501 Parker's Lane. For any questions contact the Volunteer Services Office at 703-664-7260.

Tree Lighting and Luminaria Display. 5:30 p.m. on Mount Vernon Avenue, followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. near the Mount Vernon Rec Center, located at Commonwealth and Mount Vernon avenues. Free. Visit www.pwba.org, www,funside.com or 703-683-2570.

High School Christmas Concert. Bishop Ireton Christmas Concert featuring students playing in the Concert Band, Choir, and Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in the Garwood Whaley Auditorium, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria. $5/adult; $3/student/senior. 703-212-5183.

Children’s Concert. 3-4 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. $5/person. Enjoy music by Al "Mr. Al" Rasso. Visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Massed Band Concert. 1-1:30 p.m. at King and Royal streets, in front of City Hall at Market Square, 301 King St. Free. Hear a variety of songs after the parade route.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 2

</b> Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Holiday Market. Noon-4 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Browse a variety of arts and crafts by 18 artists. Free. Visit www.delrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.

Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Performance by the Brass of Peace. Free. 703-549-1421.

Holiday Shopping Spectacular. The Alexandria Commission for Women is holding a art and shopping spectacular from 3-6 p.m. at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St. Purchase arts and crafts, jewelry, handbags and more from emerging women artists. Free. 703-838-5030.

Drama Christmas Show. 2 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. See "A Broadway Christmas" and have a visit from Santa. Free. 703-212-5183.

Holiday Performance. 5 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (WMP) will presents "Gloria" with Tiffany Bostic. General admission tickets are $15. Students 18 and under are free. All concert tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.wmpa.us.

Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Performance by the Brass of Peace. Free. 703-549-1421.

Holiday Tea at Woodlawn. Enjoy a special blend of tea and period confections while learning about tea customs of the early 19th century and then take a tour of the house. Noon and 2 p.m. $25/tea or $30/including tour. Reservations required. Private teas available for groups. Visit www.woodlawn1805.org or call 703-780-4000 ext. 27.

<b>Monday/Dec. 3

</b> Holiday Concert. The New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County will be presenting their Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 5614 Old Mill Road. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall, and a goodwill offering will be collected. Free. 703-590-3995 or visit www.newdominionchoraliers.org.

Art & Crafts Holiday Market. Noon-4 p.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Search through gifts created by more than 20 artist members and enjoy baked goods. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 4

</b> Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 5

</b> Watch and Discuss. 6:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Watch David Halberstam’s "The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War." Free. Visit www.outofthebookfilms.com or 703-684-0077.

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Art Presentation. 7 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Tesshin Sasaki and Kazue Sasaki will demonstrate Sumi-e and calligraphy. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 6

</b> Benefit Shopping. Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., will donate 20 percent of the sales to United Students for Fair Trade, Mid-Atlantic chapter from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.villagesofalexandria.com or 703-684-1435.

Celebration of Giving and Sharing. 5-7:30 p.m. at Mount Eagle Elementary, 6116 North Kings Highway. Children will receive backpacks full of books and toys and then hear about the importance of sharing and giving back. Free. Visit www.volunteerfaifax.org or 703-246-3826.

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Holiday Tree Lighting. 5-7 p.m. at Hoffman Town Center. Free. The Alexandria Harmonizers will provide entertainment. Free. Gift card donations will be requested to help the wounded and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There will be raffles, free food and more.

<b>Friday/Dec. 7

</b> Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Celebration of Giving and Sharing. 7:30-10 a.m. at Mount Eagle Elementary, 6116 North Kings Highway. Children will receive backpacks full of books and toys and then hear about the importance of sharing and giving back. Free. Visit www.volunteerfaifax.org or 703-246-3826.

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Holiday Shopping Boutique. 6-9 p.m. there will be a Holiday shopping boutique at Kirkpatrick Farms Clubhouse, 25520 Sumerall Drive. The event is a one-stop holiday shopping with a variety of local vendors, refreshments and door prizes. Free. For information contact elaine@stripling.com or www.shopdulles.info.

Holiday Concert. 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Free. Hear music by the Alexandria Band. Donations requested. Visit www.nvcc.edu for more.

Plantation Christmas. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road. Take candlelight mansion tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, music and food samples. $14/adult; $7/children. 703-550-9220. Visit www.GunstonHall.org.

Holiday Dinner. Seatings available at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road. Holiday dinner includes the traditional fare. $39.95/adult and children ages 11 and up. $19.95/children ages 6-10. Price includes admission to "Plantation Christmas." Reservations required, 703-550-9220. Visit www.GunstonHall.org.