Twinkling lights

CONNECTICUT Lake Compounce theme park in Bristol is covered in lights, and every half-hour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 brings a light show. Find all "12 Days of Christmas" displays. Some rides are open. www.lakecompounce.com

Celebrating 100 years

DELAWARE The Centennial Tea at Hotel DuPont in Wilmington features a blend infused with pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality, to commemorate the hotel's centennial. Through Dec. 31. www.hoteldupont.com

'The Victorian Nutcracker'

MAINE Portland Ballet presents a magical journey through Victorian Portland to the enchanted Kingdom of the Sweets. Dec. 18-21. www.portlandballet.org

The gift of art

MARYLAND Winterfest, the utilitarian ceramics holiday invitational, features the works of established and emerging ceramic artists at Baltimore Clayworks through Jan. 5. www.baltimoreclayworks.org

Haunted Plymouth

MASSACHUSETTS Twilight Lantern Ghost tour in Plymouth includes two haunted historic houses and a walk through Burial Hill Cemetery. www.deadofnightghosttours.com

A Spanish 'Nutcracker'

NEW JERSEY See Alborada, New Jersey's Spanish Dance Theatre, perform "El Sueno" on Dec. 15 at The Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor. Alborada combines Gypsy, flamenco, and dances from a variety of Latin cultures with live music. www.kelseyatmccc.org

Choo-choo!

NEW YORK The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show features model trains traveling through more than 100 scaled replicas of NYC landmarks, made from natural materials. Through Jan. 12 nybg.org.

Visit the Amish

PENNSYLVANIA The Amish Holiday Tradition Tour at the Amish Village in Ronks, Lancaster County, features an 1840 Amish farmhouse decorated for the holidays. Sample seasonal Amish foods and shop for holiday items. theamishvillage.net

Polar Express

RHODE ISLAND Take the Blackstone Valley Polar Express through Dec. 22 in Woonsocket. On the 90-minute train ride, children will be read "The Polar Express," get a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy a holiday sing-along. www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

About black males

WASHINGTON, DC The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design hosts "Question Bridge: Black Males," a collaborative, transmedia project that complicates traditional views of identity by exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be black and male in America. Through Feb. 16. www.corcoran.org/exhibitions/question-bridge-black-males