Family focused, alcohol-free New Year's Eve community event that integrates the evening into the city’s year-long celebration of its 300th anniversary. Most activities at the Recreation Center and along Main Street from Church Circle to Market Square. 3 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Fireworks at midnight. See annapolisalive.org/calendar.html
• Children’s activities, rock band battle, traditional and choral music on two stages and along Main Street, parade, midnight countdown, fireworks. Parking $5; free shuttle to and from downtown 4 p.m. -1 a.m.
• Most events free, with no tickets required. Rock band battle $10 at the door.
Annual First Night festivals: Alexandria
Family focused, alcohol-free New Year's Eve community event throughout Old Town and Del Ray. 5 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Fireworks at midnight. 703/838-4200, ext. 210, or www.FirstNightAlexandria.org
• The largest First Night in Northern Virginia. Fifty-five acts on 36 indoor stages — nearly 200 performances by bluegrass musicians, honky-tonk bands, puppets, clowns, choirs, jugglers, classical musicians and more — plus face painters and midnight fireworks. Free parking, free shuttle buses to all venues.
• Adult admission to all venues by badge. Badges $10 before Dec. 25; $15 Dec. 26-31. Active military free; children 12 and younger free but must be accompanied by an adult wearing a badge. Badges on sale through the Web site, at selected retail stores in Alexandria, and beginning noon Dec. 31 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1900 Diagonal Road.
Annual First Night festivals: Leesburg
Family focused, alcohol-free New Year's Eve community event throughout Old Town Leesburg. 6 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Grand Illumination at midnight. Presented by Bluemont. 540/338-4640, www.bluemont.org/Events/events_intro.html
• More than 100 performances at 20 indoor locations in downtown Leesburg. Jazz, classical music, puppet shows, bluegrass, folk music, magicians and more. Traditional Grand Illumination gathering on the courthouse green at midnight. Free parking, free shuttle buses to all venues.
• Admission by button. Buttons $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children 3-12; free for children younger than 3. Button sale Dec. 15-31 at selected sites in Leesburg and Purcellville. On Dec. 31, button sales begin at 5 p.m. at First Night admission booths on King and Market streets and also may be purchased (cash and checks only) at most performance sites after 6 p.m.
Annual First Night festivals: Warrenton
Throughout historic Old Town Warrenton. 7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Grand Illumination at midnight. Presented by Bluemont. 540/341-0988, 540/338-4640, www.bluemont.org/Events/events_intro.html
• Fifty live performances in a dozen indoor venues within walking distance of one another. Jazz, classical music, puppet shows, bluegrass, folk music, storytelling, rock ‘n’ roll and more. Grand Illumination at the Old Courthouse at midnight with candles and song. Free parking.
• 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, www.nps.gov/whho
• 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, www.lds.org/dccalendar
• 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.
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, www.norway.org/xmas
• Norwegian Christmas Tree: Norway’s annual gift to the people of Washington, a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, on display in the Main Hall through Dec. 27.
• Toys for Tots drop-off. The 2007 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign receives donations at the Old Town Trolley desk, Main Hall. Daily.
• Model train. A giant handmade Norwegian model train winds through a model Norwegian landscape. East Hall. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Jan. 6. Free. No tickets.
• Photo exhibit: “Norwegian Landscapes” by Asle Svarverud. A tribute to the landscapes of northern Norway, particularly the Lofoten archipelago. Main Hall. Through Jan. 6. Free. No tickets.