Get Out: Weekend Picks for Dec. 30-Jan. 1

Check out our calendar for more weekend events.

1. Great Falls Hike

Where/When: Sunday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m.; C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac.

Why Go: The Adventuring Outdoors Group is hosting a Great Falls Hike. The starting point of the hike is the historic Great Falls Tavern, continue through the Gold Mine Loop and return to the tavern. Lunch will be at the Falls Overlook. Please see web site for more information.

Pricing: Free

Where/When: Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m.; Glen Echo Park, 7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo.

Why Go: Swing in the New Year at Glen Echo Park. Enjoy a night of swing dancing to the music of the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. Purchase tickets online or at the Spanish Ballroom.

Pricing: $25

Where/When: Sunday, Jan. 1, at 10 a.m.; St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 15575 Germantown Rd, Darnestown.

Why Go: A traditional lessons and carols service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, including communion. All are welcome at St. Nick's: "A Place to Belong! A Place to Become!"

Pricing: Free

Where/When: Olney Theatre Center at 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD. Thursday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 3 p.m.

Why Go: Paul Morella returns to Olney Theatre Center to bring his unique and memorable solo performance of "A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas." Theatre enthusiasts will love this rendition of an integral part of Christmas tradition and folklore. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Pricing: Tickets start at $26.

5. New Year's Eve Celebration at Redwood

Where/When: Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7121 Bethesda Lane in Bethesda

Why Go: Redwood is hosting a can't-miss James Bond-themed New Year's Eve party that will feature cocktails and a five-course meal themed after the famed British spy. Dancing and a champagne toast at midnight will follow.

Pricing: $95. Reservations required. Call 301-656-5515.  

Where/When: Saturday, Dec. 31 from 6-9p.m. at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane in Bethesda

Why Go: Enjoy a contemplative New Year's Eve with a walk through Cedar Lane's beautiful indoor labyrinth. The candlelit event will feature live piano and harp music by Meg Baker.

Pricing: Free, donations accepted.


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