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Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of festive events right in your own backyard!
Holidays in Historic Downtown Frederick
Naturally the holidays are an historic time, so it makes sense to celebrate them in an historic place. Visit Downtown Frederick for your new local holiday traditions.
Start the weekend off at the Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction with a chance to vote on your favorite floral arrangements and gingerbread creations, all locally made. Place bids on themed wreaths, trees, and stockings submitted by Frederick-based artists, businesses, and community groups. If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to sample sweets from local bakeries with a cup of hot chocolate or cider in hand.
Need even more holiday cheer in your weekend? Downtown Frederick has also organized a Festival of Lights at the City Hall Courtyard and a Candlelight House Tour of private homes in the historic district.
Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction: Thursday, 5:30pm
Festival of Lights: Friday, 7pm
Candlelight House Tour: Saturday, 5-9pm; Sunday, 12pm-4pm
Cultural Arts Center
15 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland
Cost: Free for Scents & Sweets; and Festival of Lights;
$20 in advance/$25 weekend of Candlelight House Tour
Merry Christmas in another language!
Get a taste of Spanish holiday music with ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!, a medley of carols from various Hispanic cultures performed by Voce Chamber Singers. Listen to songs from Argentina, the Caribbean, Spain, Meso-America, and the Southwestern United States. For that extra feel-good factor, local elementary school children will be accompanying the carols on various percussion instruments.
St. John Neumann Church
11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, Virginia
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
432 Van Buren Street, Herndon, Virginia
Cost: Adult $23, Senior (65+) $18, Youth (24 + Under) $8
Select films opening Friday:
Killing Them Softly (R)
Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”).
The Collection (R)
From the writing-directing team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (SAW IV, V and VI) comes THE COLLECTION. This suspense horror film stars Josh Stewart (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE COLLECTOR), Emma Fitzpatrick (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and Christopher McDonald (“Boardwalk Empire,” REQUIEM FOR A DREAM). The film centers on a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who has become the latest obsession of a crazed killer who “collects” humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors.
The Waiting Room (NR)
This documentary was filmed in 24 hours at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA, where uninsured patients needing medical attention come to the ER of the nearly-overwhelmed hospital and wait to be seen. 241 patients in 24 hours. The film shows, with unusually candid access, the inner workings of an ER close to the breaking point. Winner of both the Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Directed by Peter Nicks.
From The National Geographic Image Collection: Photographs of Social Life in Washington DC, 1900-1960 at Carroll Square Gallery closes Friday at 6pm.