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• Admission by button. Buttons $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children 3-12; free for children younger than 3. Special family rate (parents and children) $25. Button sale Dec. 15-31 at selected sites in Warrenton. On Dec. 31, button sales begin at 5 p.m. at First Night admission kiosk on Main Street in Old Town. Buttons also available (cash and checks only) Dec. 31 at all performance sites after 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Pageant of Peace

The Ellipse, south of the White House between 15th and 17th streets NW. 202/208-1631,

• National Christmas Tree Program. A three-week program of the National Park Service focused on the National Christmas Tree and smaller trees representing the states, territories and the District of Columbia. Nightly musical performances by choruses and bands from the mid-Atlantic region, a model train display around the foot of the large tree and a yule log. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Through Jan. 1. Musical performances 6 and 8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Free, no tickets required.

Festival of Lights

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington Temple Visitor Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. 301/587-0144,

• The Mormon Temple’s 30th annual Festival of Lights. Dusk to 10 p.m. daily. Free indoor concerts 7 and 8 p.m. daily, featuring headline performers and community musical groups. Through Jan. 1.

Marlowe Minifestival

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s celebration of the genius and influence of Christopher Marlowe, 16th-century English poet, dramatist and reputed spy for the queen. Through January. Unless noted, all events at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202/547-1122.

• Theater: “Edward II” and “Tamburlaine” at Harman Hall through Jan. 6.

• Library display: Items about Marlowe and the worlds of the plays. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Through January. 901 G St. NW. 202/727-0321.

• Film: Derek Jarman’s 1991 “Edward II,” based on the Marlowe play. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Free. No reservations required. Seating first-come, first-served.

• Opera: The Washington National Opera in selections from “Faustus” and Shakespeare Theatre Company actors reading from Marlowe’s text. Harman Hall. Noon Jan. 9. Free. Box lunch $10 through 202/547-1122, option 3.

Norwegian Christmas at Union Station

Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202/333-6000,

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