Baltimore Watercolor Society
Through Jan. 13; Artists Reception Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Kentlands Mansion
A juried exhibition from one of America’s oldest watercolor organizations.
‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre
Through Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Arts Barn
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. $20 for adults; $18 for students (ages 15-21); $12 for youth.
Kentlands Christmas Light Show Created by the Draghici Family
Nightly through Jan. 7, 6-9:30 p.m., 202 Little Quarry Road
Don’t miss this beautiful holiday music and syncopated light show created by Mikel Draghici and family. Free.
Maryland Photography Alliance Exhibition
Through Jan. 21, Bohrer Park
This juried show features work from all of the photography clubs in Maryland.
Winter Lights Festival
Through Dec. 31; 6-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 6-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; closed Dec. 25, Seneca Creek State Park
Take a 3.5-mile drive through more than 450 illuminated displays. Admission is $12-$20.
Census 2020 Jobs: $21/hour
Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. sessions, Quince Orchard Library
Learn more about available Census 2020 jobs. Call 240.777.0200 for more information or apply at 2020census.gov/jobs.
The Gaithersburg Chorus – ‘Make a Joyful Noise’
Dec. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 S. Frederick Ave.
Directed by Daniel Hopkins with accompaniment by Refiye Tappan, The Gaithersburg Chorus will perform holiday music selections. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Main Street Farmers & Artists Market
Dec. 7, 14 & 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Street Pavilion
Holiday shoppers can find unique foods and handcrafted items. Also enjoy giveaway items for children, door prizes for adults, holiday music and photo opportunities with Santa (bring your own camera). The first 50 patrons at each holiday market will receive a specially branded reusable tote.
Fulfill Your Potential: Job Hunting Workshop
Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., Quince Orchard Library
Identify viable career choices, get help in preparing your resume, learn how to network, conduct interviews and more. Free.
MBT’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (Short Length)
Dec. 7, 8, 14 & 15, 10 a.m., Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College
This shorter-length version of “The Nutcracker” is perfect for younger audience members. These performances will be less than 45 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $18-$23.
MBT’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (Full Length)
Dec. 7, 8 & 14, 1 & 5 p.m.; Dec. 15, 1 p.m., Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College
This full-length traditional staging of “The Nutcracker” features Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT) student and professional dancers. Tickets are $19-$31.
Family Workshop: Snowflakes & Icicles
Dec. 7, 1:30-3 p.m., Arts Barn
Learn easy and fun techniques for making giant paper snowflakes and icicles. For ages 8 and up; $23 per person.
Dec. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Bella Ballet, 347 Kentlands Blvd.
Enjoy a family-friendly holiday celebration that includes special performances, holiday and princess character appearances, a photo booth, ornament making, a family gingerbread bake-off, a puppy adoption opportunity and more.
Dec. 7, 6-7:45 p.m. (Rain Date Dec. 9, 7 p.m.), City Hall Concert Pavilion & Grounds
Enjoy a traditional tree lighting ceremony, holiday music and a visit from Santa, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Elmo and Cookie Monster. Free admission.
DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Quince Orchard Library
Featured poets are Sami Miranda, Linda Joy Burke, and Fran Abrams. Free.
Long & Foster’s Community Winter Wonderland
Dec. 11, 3-5 p.m., Long & Foster, 189 Kentlands Blvd.
Enjoy crafts, games, refreshments, Santa and more. Long & Foster is a drop-off location for canned goods and Toys for Tots donations.
Kentlands Christmas Concert & Bazaar Presented by Saydam Properties Group at Keller Williams
Dec. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Kentlands Mansion
Featuring Trio Illumino, a local chamber music ensemble, and refreshments, including a hot chocolate bar and a variety of desserts. Handcrafted gifts by local artisans will be available for purchase. All ticket sales and a portion of vendor sales will be donated to The Tree House. Tickets are $25 for adults; children attend for free. Search Kentlands Christmas Concert & Bazaar on Eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
A Morning with Santa
Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Casey Community Center
Visit with Santa, drink hot cocoa, enjoy cookies by the fireplace and more. Tickets are $12 for children, $6 for adults.
NIH Community Orchestra Winter Concert
Dec. 14, 2-3 p.m., Gaithersburg Library
Enjoy classical works and holiday fare for small ensembles. Free, and no registration required.
Cool Yule with Rochelle Rice
Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m., Arts Barn
Join award-winning singer and songwriter Rochelle Rice for an evening of familiar holiday classics performed through a new musical classics. Tickets are $25 for adults; $18 for youth.
Swim with Santa
Dec. 15, 1-3 p.m., Aquatic Center, 2 Teacher Way
Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to swim with Santa, make crafts with Santa’s elves and enjoy hot cocoa and candy canes. $4 in advance; $5 at the door.