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Nov. 28-Dec. 5

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November

Bingo. Fridays, 7:15 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3638 for cost.

Dance Club. Rene's Club offers dancing events Wednesday-Sunday, 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. See www.renesclub.com or call 703-385-0077.

Walking Tour. Tour Old Town Fairfax with a guide Saturdays at 7 p.m. starting at the Sweet Life Café, 3950 Old Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-8414 for cost.

Snow Globes. Fair Oaks Mall is home to interactive snow globes featuring scenes from the movie "Fred Claus" at the mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax. Free. For more visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-359-8302.

Thursday/Nov. 29

Concert. The Automatics and Fall Away perform 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynold's, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 703-591-9292.

Friday/Nov. 30

Nutcracker. Reunion Orchestra presents "The Nutcracker Suite" 8 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale,. $15/adults, $10/seniors and students, under 12 free. 703-569-0973.

Concert. Bob, Afreudian Slip and Stuck in Kaos perform 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynold's, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 703-591-9292.

SMASH. Ice Promotions and XCESS Entertainment present a mixed martial arts event 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $30-$125. Tickets available through Ticketmaster outlets, Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT.

Opera Performance. Virginia Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance" 8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $86, $72, $44. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

Concert. Destro performs 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday’s N’Awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Irish Music. Neal Foley performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

December

Photographic Exhibition. Photos from the JCCNV photography competition until Dec. 11 at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703-323-0880.

Saturday/Dec. 1

Holiday Parade and Homes Tour. The Town of Clifton hosts its annual holiday celebration 2:30-8 p.m. in the historic town. Event begins with a "Caroling on Horseback" parade, continues with a candlelit homes tour with live music and carolers, and ends with marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate and tree lighting. $15. Call Lynne at 703-322-1811, Jennifer at 703-830-2129 or e-mail lghassoc@erols.com.

Pottery Studio Show. Susan Fox Hirschmann sells pottery and gives demos at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. at 4810 Tabard Place, Annandale. Call 703-978-1480 or e-mail artpottery616@aol.com.

Festival of Lights and Carols. The City of Fairfax kicks off the season with holiday activities 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Fairfax Museum, Ratcliffe-Allison House and Kitty Pozer Garden in downtown Fairfax. Lanier Middle School students perform 2:30 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. For schedule see www.fairfaxva.gov.

Lunch with Santa. 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Ages 12 and younger. Free, tickets required. For tickets, visit the Parks and Recreation Department, 10455 Armstrong St., Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn St., or the Fairfax Museum, 10209 Main St. See www.fairfaxva.gov.

Holiday Train Show. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum’s biggest event of the year is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. N-Track, H-O, O, S and G-gauge trains on display; Loco Doctor on hand for repairs; Santa Claus and gift shop. $4/adults, $2/ages 10 and under. 703-425-9225.

Nutcracker Performance. The Classical Ballet Theater dances "The Nutcracker" 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets: 703-471-0750.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. 703-321-7081.

Concert. Un's Unbelievable Birthday Show features many local bands 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292, see www.ttreynolds.com.

Studio Show. Susan Fox Hirschmann presents her 18th annual pottery show from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the studio, 4810 Tabard Place, Annandale. Demos 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. 703-978-1480, artpottery616@aol.com.

Irish Music. Neal Foley performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Sunday/Dec. 2

Opera Performance. Virginia Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance" 2 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $86, $72, $44. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

Festival of Lights and Carols. The City of Fairfax offers holiday activities 12-5 p.m. at the Fairfax Museum, Ratcliffe-Allison House and Kitty Pozer Garden in downtown Fairfax. For schedule see www.fairfaxva.gov.

Magical Chanukah. It's a Magical Chanukah Kick-Off at the "J" is 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Jay Mattioli performs, Chanukah giveaways included. Members free, $5/nonmembers. For more e-mail LaurieA@jccnv.org.

Santa Paws. Find out what the pet wants this Christmas 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax. Keep pets on leashes. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.

Holiday Train Show. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum’s biggest event of the year is 12-4 p.m. at the 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. N-Track, H-O, O, S and G-gauge trains on display; Loco Doctor on hand for repairs; Santa Claus and gift shop. $4/adults, $2/ages 10 and under. 703-425-9225.

Nutcracker Performance. The Classical Ballet Theater dances "The Nutcracker" 2 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets: 703-471-0750.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. 703-321-7081.

Studio Show. Susan Fox Hirschmann presents her 18th annual pottery show from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the studio, 4810 Tabard Place, Annandale. Demos 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. 703-978-1480, artpottery616@aol.com.

Acoustic Music. Roger Henderson performs 9 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Tuesday/Dec. 4

Chanukah Begins at Sundown

Thursday/Dec. 6

Dance Performance. The GMU Dance Company presents their December Concert 8 p.m. at the Dance Performance Studio, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $10, $7. Tickets: 703-993-8888.

Taste of Braddock. Supervisor Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock) celebrates the holiday 5-7 p.m. at the Braddock District Meeting Hall, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-425-9300.

Concert. Holiday Roast of Jeremy 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Friday/Dec. 7

Holiday Concert. The King’s Singers perform their traditional Yule concert, "Joy to the World," 8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $46, $38, $23. Tickets: call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

Dance Performance. The GMU Dance Company presents their December Concert 8 p.m. at the Dance Performance Studio, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $10, $7. Tickets: 703-993-8888.

Holiday Tree Lighting. The Annandale Chamber of Commerce hosts a tree lighting ceremony and mixer 5-8 p.m. at Toll House Park, Annandale Road and Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call Pat Sawhney at 703-658-4729.

Concert. Crucial Elements, Future and Justin Trawick perform 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Irish Music. Stringer Folk perform traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. ThatGuy performs 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Dec. 8

A Rockapella Holiday. The famous a capella singers perform 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $40, $32, $20. Tickets: see www.tickets.com or call 703-993-8888.

Dance Performance. The GMU Dance Company presents their December Concert 8 p.m. at the Dance Performance Studio, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $10, $7. Tickets: 703-993-8888.

Concert. Jackie Gino performs 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Irish Music. Stringer Folk perform traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Sunday/Dec. 9

Holiday Concert. The George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs perform 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $20, $15. Tickets: 703-993-8888.

Santa Paws. Find out what the pet wants this Christmas 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax. Keep pets on leashes. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.

Santa Claus. Meet Burke Centre’s Santa Claus 2-5 p.m. at the Ponds Community Center, 9837 Burke Pond Lane, Burke. 703-978-2928.

Winter Wonderland. The Annandale Brass performs with the Chris Johnston Trio 4 p.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center Forum, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $10-$7. Hallelujah Chorus, Christmas Crackers, holiday favorites. Call 703-323-3114.

Second Sunday. History program on "Christmas in Camp," 12-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. Living history with the 17th Virginia Infantry, Company D, "Fairfax Rifles" and the 1st MD Volunteer Infantry, U.S. 703-385-8414.

Acoustic Music. Dreamscapes Project performs 9 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Wednesday/Dec. 12

Chanukah Ends

Thursday/Dec. 13

Sesame Street Live. "When Elmo Grows Up" 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Most seats $14. Tickets on sale Nov. 5, available at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or at 703-573-SEAT.

Friday/Dec. 14

Bonita Lestina. Carolyn Gregg and Con Brio perform "A Merry Little Christmas" 8 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-352-ARTS.

Sesame Street Live. "When Elmo Grows Up" 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $15-18. Tickets on sale Nov. 5, available at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or at 703-573-SEAT.

Concert. Rock 4 Kids concert 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Canadian Brass Christmas. Canadian Brass perform 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $50, $42, $25. Ages 12 and under half price. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com.

Irish Music. Cara performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. Rise and Fall performs 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Dec. 15

Santa’s Hayride. Visit Santa Claus, drink hot chocolate and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride 4-9 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Drive, Springfield. $8. Register in advance at 703-569-0285.

Pet Pictures with Santa. Visit "Santa Claws" 2-3 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. $5/pet. Reserve a spot: 703-569-0285.

Sesame Street Live. "When Elmo Grows Up" 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $15-18. Tickets on sale Nov. 5, available at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or at 703-573-SEAT.

Concert. Honeychuck performs 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Stan Kenton Christmas. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Capitol Bones Big Band perform swingin' holiday music 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $40, $32, $20. Ages 12 and under half price. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com.

Irish Music. Cara performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Sunday/Dec. 16

Holiday Pops. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs 3-5:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Features Reston Chorale and W.T. Woodson High School Select Vocal Ensemble. $25-55. Tickets: www.tickets.com, 703-563-1990.

Sesame Street Live. "When Elmo Grows Up" 1 and 4:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $15-18. Tickets on sale Nov. 5, available at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or at 703-573-SEAT.

Acoustic Music. Phil Kominski performs 9 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Friday/Dec. 21

Celtic Christmas. Sior-Og performs 7:30 p.m. at Old Town Hall. 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-591-4058 for cost.

Concert. Cobbler performs 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Irish Music. Danny Schneible performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. Junkfood performs 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Dec. 22

Christmas Pops. The City of Fairfax Band’s Christmas celebration guest stars vocalists Holly Bingham and Steven Cramer and host John Lyon 7 p.m. at the Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. Santa holds court in lobby pre-concert. Free; tickets: www.fairfaxband.org, 703-757-0220 or info@fairfaxband.org.

Irish Music. Mad for the Road performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Sunday/Dec. 23

Acoustic Music. David Davol performs 9 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Monday/Dec. 24

Christmas Eve

Tuesday/Dec. 25

Christmas Day

Concert. Bob performs with DJ Crispy 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Wednesday/Dec. 26

Kwanzaa Begins

Thursday/Dec. 27

Nutcracker Ballet. The Virginia Ballet Company and School presents "The Nutcracker," 2 and 7 p.m. at the Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $15-$25. Tickets: 703-249-8227.

Concert. George's Birthday Bash 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Friday/Dec. 28

Nutcracker Ballet. The Virginia Ballet Company and School presents "The Nutcracker," 2 and 7 p.m. at the Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $15-$25. Tickets: 703-249-8227.

Gather the Family. Celebrate the kind of holiday George Washington's family would have 5:30 p.m. at historic Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. $15/adults, $5/ages 12 and under. Reservations required: call 703-780-4000 ext. 27.

Concert. Echoboomers perform 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Irish Music. Celtic Marc performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. High Maintenance performs 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Dec. 29

Nutcracker Ballet. The Virginia Ballet Company and School presents "The Nutcracker," 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $15-$25. Tickets: 703-249-8227.

Concert. Fistful of Fifties 9:30 p.m. at TT Reynolds', 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Irish Music. Celtic Marc performs traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Sunday/Dec. 30

Acoustic Music. Manny Bernardo performs 9 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.