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Weekend Events: Holiday cheer and Christmas beer

Friday - 12/6/2013, 7:07am  ET

Lots of local Christmas tree farms are open this weekend, for those who prefer to cut down their own fresh firs. (Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - ‘Tis the season when the guest rooms are flooded with family and cooler temperatures keep everyone inside.

If you're looking to get out of the house and engage in some local entertainment, there is plenty to do this weekend, Dec. 6 to 8.

In the city, the Heurich House's Christkindlmarkt will light up Dupont Circle with its German-style Christmas market on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. The market will have several local artists, food and live music under festive lights in an outdoor courtyard.

If you're hoping to get into the spirit by getting in touch with your inner- lumberjack, this weekend is a great one to visit a Christmas tree farm and cut down your own tree.

Butler's Orchard in Germantown, Md., Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md., Hartland Farm in Markham, Va., and the Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm in Round Hill, Va., are just a few of many locations that offer cut-your- own Christmas trees.

There are gifts for all the 12 days of Christmas, so why not beer, as well? The Black Squirrel is playing to that tune this weekend, with its 12 Beers of Christmas event, Saturday and Sunday. The 18th Street Northwest restaurant will pour the 12 beers starting at noon each day.

The Del Ray Artisans Market kicks off its three-week run this weekend. The 18th annual market features handmade art, jewelry, paper crafts and other gifts from local artists. The market runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center.

Also on the market circuit is GRUMP at Artisphere in Arlington. Unlike traditional craft shows, GRUMP features more alternative handmade goods from local artists, such as comics, piggy banks, jewelry and more. The market will take place Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The weather forecast is calling for possible snow flurries this weekend, and what could be a more perfect accompaniment to a Christmas parade than a blanket of snow? Christmas in Middleburg is this weekend, and the traditional event includes a breakfast with Santa, a craft fair, hayrides, a wine crawl and a parade down Washington Street on Saturday, Dec. 7.

It's a classic that keeps on coming back to life: "A Christmas Carol" makes its way back to the stage this time of year in many different interpretations and in several locations. Performances of Dickens' tale show at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Ford's Theatre and Metro Stage, to name a few.

Ready to finally burn those holiday calories? Jingle All the Way 8K runs through the city Sunday, Dec. 8. While the race attracts serious runners, it also draws those who just want to get outside and have some active holiday fun -- in Santa hats and elf socks.

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