$15 for the Harbor Holiday Festival for a Family, Including Shopping Bag and Novelty Hats ($29.99 Value)

Gaylord Hotel Convention Center

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The holidays are the only time of the year when it's appropriate to point at a dead plant and expect a kiss. Get in the holiday spirit with this Groupon.

$15 for a Family Weekend Pass ($29.99 Value)

The family weekend pass grants one family (up to two adults and up to two children) admission to the three-day event. The event will run Friday, December 6, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort. Santa will be sitting for pictures every day.

Harbor Holiday Festival

Wandering through a holiday village (but shielded from the cold), guests of the Harbor Holiday Festival can get a serious head-start on their gift-giving lists. More than 150 speciality boutiques beckon with handmade artwork, gourmet treats, pottery, furniture, and seasonal decor–but that's not the only reason to pay the festival a visit. Guests meander from booth to booth, digging in to the wares of the tasting theater, stopping by bars and tasting stations for snacks, beer, wine, and bourbon, and settling in front of a big screen to catch some football or a climactic game of 'name that commercial.' Kids can try their tiny, tiny hands at an arts and crafts station, or can tote mom and dad along for a visit to Santa. Attendees can also add a spot of generosity to their holiday cheer: a portion of the proceeds benefit the Spirit of Hope Childrens Foundation, which works to support and promote education for people of all ages living with physical or mental disabilities.

Tysons Fall Harvest

It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.

Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.

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    Gaylord Hotel Convention Center

    201 Waterfront St.

    Fort Washington, Maryland 20745

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In a Nutshell

Weekend pass includes admission for a family of up to four, a souvenir shopping bag, crafts, and kids' novelty hats

The Fine Print

Expires Dec 8th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid for resale. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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