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Can’t-miss Alexan­dria sites for “Mercy Street” fans. Also: a travel expo, Vi­en­nese waltzes and funny man Jim Gaf­fi­gan

1 CHRIST­MAS AT MOUNT VER­NON > THROUGH JAN. 6 Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s es­tate keeps it festive with dec­o­ra­tions, choco­late-making demos and a Christ­mas camel. Free with ad­mis­sion ($20). Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 3200 Mount Ver­non Me­mo­rial Hwy., Mount Ver­non, Va., mountver­

2 ”SALUTE TO VI­ENNA” > JAN. 2 En­joy Old World el­e­gance in this spec­ta­cle of song, dance and mu­sic fea­tur­ing Strauss waltzes played by a full or­ches­tra. From $49. 3 p.m. Strath­more, 5301 Tuck­er­man Lane, N. Bethesda, Md., strath­more. org

3 READY, SET, GO! > JAN. 1415 At the Travel & Ad­ven­ture Show, globe-trot­ters find tips on (and tastes of) des­ti­na­tions near

and far, plus talks by pros like Pauline From­mer. From $11. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.4 p.m. Wash­ing­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 801 Mount Ver­non Place NW, trav­

4 MLK RE­MEM­BRANCE > JAN. 16 To mark the birth­day of Martin Luther King Jr., Na­tional Park Ser­vice rangers host a wreath­lay­ing cer­e­mony at his me­mo­rial. Free. 8-9 a.m. 1964 In­de­pen­dence Ave. SW,

5 “VODKA NA­TION” > JAN. 25 A lec­ture on Amer­ica’s love af­fair with the spirit pre­cedes a tast­ing from D.C.’s One Eight Dis­till­ing. $45. 6:45 p.m. Ripley Cen­ter, 1100 Jef­fer­son Dr. SW, smith­so­ni­anas­so­ci­

6 AUTO SHOW > JAN. 27FEB. 5 Find more than 600 new mod­els, plus “art” cars and his­toric ve­hi­cles. $12. Hours vary by day. Wash­ing­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 801 Mount Ver­non Place NW, wash­ing­to­nau­

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