Weekend entertainment guide: Top picks around town

Don\'t miss a spectacular show at the National Zoo\'s Zoolights extravaganza this weekend. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

WASHINGTON – For some, the holidays can be a stressful time. For others, the season is all about having an excuse to eat and drink too much. If you fall into the latter category, then feast your eyes on this weekend’s entertainment guide.

Those looking for a little liquid merriment can check out the Black Squirrel’s “12 Beers of Christmas” festival in Adams Morgan. It stretches over two days, and features frothy holiday favorites like Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Bell’s Christmas Ale and Blue Mountain Barrel House Blitzen. Find the bar open and holiday cookies for snacking starting at noon both Friday and Saturday.

Take a day trip to Annapolis Saturday for a nautical take on a holiday lights show. The Eastport Yacht Club’s lights parade decks the harbor dock with cheer. Grab a hot chocolate and sit back while a procession of yachts, sailboats and vessels of a smaller size float by adorned with lights, baubles and cheer. The parade starts at 6 p.m.

The popular D.C. Santa Crawl is returning Saturday as thousands of spirited souls join together in Dupont Circle for a night of boozing. Some of the bars are Public Bar, Irish Whiskey, Black Rooster Pub, The Bottom Line, Blackfinn and the Mighty Pint. Each bar is offering specials until 9 p.m. Donate a toy to Toys for Tots and earn one free beer at the crawl. It’s $15 if you sign up online, $20 the day of the event.

For a mellow affair, head to the 17th annual Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market at the Colasanto Center in Alexandria Friday through Sunday for unique, handmade crafts from local artists. Check out pottery and ceramics, photography, jewelry, cloth, paper crafts and fused glass. Entry is free an open to the public. Daily hours vary, so check the website for complete details.

Don’t miss a spectacular show at the National Zoo’s Zoolights extravaganza. Swing by the panda house and wind your way through the elephant sanctuary. Admission is free, and parking is $9 for Friends of the Zoo and $16 for non-members. Saturday, veterans and active duty servicemembers receive a reduced parking rate and 10 percent off gift shop items, in addition to free hot chocolate, cookies and a special photo op with Panda Claws. Check the website for more details.

Families will enjoy a Candlelight Tour of Historic Havre de Grace Sunday. The walk starts at the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace and includes visits to homes, bed and breakfasts and museums in the area. Tours start at 4 p.m. and go until 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 410-939-5780.

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