The Nutcracker, Harmony Express, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and More in Montgomery County this Weekend

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.

Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend.  Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up.

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Waverly Street Gallery Holiday Exhibition of 24 Gallery Artists

  • Where:  Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy, Bethesda 
  • When:  Friday, Dec. 21 – Dec. 27. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Description:   Twenty-four gallery artists present artwork, gifts, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, prints, sculptures and more.
  • Cost: Free


Harmony Express Men's Chorus

  • Where:  11701 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Description:  2010 Southern Division AA Champions and 2011 Southern Division 2nd Place Chorus and Most Improved Chorus performs.
  • Cost: Free


The Nutcracker

  • Where: Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St, Rockville
  • When: Friday, December 21, 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Description:  The Maryland Youth Ballet presents their 23rd season of The Nutcracker.
  • Cost: $23


Nutcracker Olney Ballet Theater


Mystery Dinner Theater

  • Where: 7711 Eastern Ave, Silver Spring
  • When:  Friday, Dec. 21, Saturday, Dec. 22, 6 p.m.
  • Description:  A murder mystery is performed at The Historic Blair Mansion Inn. The cast takes modern themes to create a backdrop for the murderer to commit their crime. Then, that's when the crowd steps in to guess who committed the devious act. 
  • Cost: $49.99


Holly Trollyfest

  • Where:  National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Rd, Colesville
  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 22, 12 p.m.
  • Description:  Santa rides the trolleys at the National Capital Trolley Museum every December weekend before Christmas.  Museum tours will be given to show off holiday décor and Christmas Train Garden.
  • Cost: $5


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

  • Where:  Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney
  • When:  Friday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Description:  The Olney Theatre Center presents Paul Morella’s solo version of a Christmas Carol.
  • Cost: $26


Festival of Lights

  • Where:  9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington
  • When:  Saturday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Description:  More than 600,000 lights. International crèche exhibit, 18 indoor decorated trees, outdoor life-sized nativity, and live performances nightly.
  • Cost:  Free


Garden of Lights - Winter Walk-through Holiday Light Display

  • Where:Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring
  • When: Sunday through Thursday 5:30-9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30-10:00pm and on New Year’s Eve until 9:00pm.
  • Description:  16th annual holiday light display. Nightly musical performances by local musicians as well as refreshments and shopping.
  • Cost: $25.00



17th Annual, Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival

  • Where:  Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Dec. 30, Sun, Tues-Thurs 6-9 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Description:  3.5 mile drive through 350 light displays, 60 of them animated.
  • Cost:  Monday – Thursday: $12.00, Friday – Sunday: $15.00, cash only at the gate.


The 79th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature

  • Where:  Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike
  • When:  Friday, Dec. 21-29, Weekdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Description:  674 miniature works of art done by 264 artists.  No work is larger than 25 square inches.  Many works require a magnifying glass to be able to see and appreciate the fine detail.  Magnifying glasses are available for close examination.  The exhibition runs through December 29.
  • Cost: Free


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