The Weekend Guide

Fir real.

Christmas Tree Sale
Spruce up your place with a trip to a Mount Vernon Triangle fire station-turned-watering hole whose patio is a tree lot for the season.
Why: Profits benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. Snap up an ornament to enter the raffle for prizes such as a bottle of champagne and dinner at Graffiato.
When: Mon.-Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave. NW, b/t 4th & 5th Sts. (202-506-2455).

The Download
What: This week’s roundup of Interweb play.
Why: Portraits of pups mid bath, a makeover project that makes people smile, and the growing debate surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch.
When: You’re online.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

Fete des Lumieres
Five light installations (inspired by the world-renowned Festival of Lights in Lyon, France) dotting the streets of Georgetown.
Why: Light up someone’s stocking with scores from the Ledbury pop-up and Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar.
When: Fri.-Dec. 20, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Various locations in Georgetown.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Updated for our generation, the provocative comedy tests a supposedly progressive white couple when their daughter comes home with an African-American fiancé.
Why: Our favorite TV big brother, Theo Huxtable (a.k.a. Malcolm-Jamal Warner), plays the guest in question.
When: Thru Jan. 5. Tues. & Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Where: Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW, at Maine Ave. (202-488-3300). Tickets ($40-$90) at arenastage.org.

Ms. Lauryn Hill
Catch the elusive front woman on her intimate Homecoming tour. 
Why: The rapper, soul singer, reggae queen, badass, mother, tax evader, and social crusader earns a new handle for one night — neighbor.
When: Sun., 6 p.m.
Where: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, at 9th St. (202-265-0930). Tickets ($75) at ticketfly.com.

Russian Winter Festival
Attention, moms and aunties. Treat the kiddos to a Russian-inspired arts and crafts session hosted by Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden.
Why: Roaming fortune-tellers reveal what 2014 has in store for you.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Self-guided house tours run until 7 p.m. on Sat.
Where: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, at Tilden St. (202-686-5807). Admission is $18.

Photo: Phillip Spears / Getty Images

438 Massachusetts Ave NW
bt 4th & 5th Sts
Washington, DC 20001
4155 Linnean Ave NW
@ Tilden St
Washington, DC 20008
1101 6th St SW
@ Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
815 V St NW
@ 9th St
Washington, DC 20001