Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker at Warner Theatre: Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2017
DC’s perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. NEW! Super Value Performances: Wednesday December 6th at 7PM, Tuesday December 12th at 7PM, and Wednesday December 13th at 7PM. No seat higher than $53 (excluding suite seats)! (plus applicable service fee).
Offerings from The Washington National Cathedral
Messiah- G. F. Handel: Dec. 2 & 3, 2017
A beloved Christmas favorite featuring the Cathedral Choir.
Cathedral Choral Society: Joy of Christmas: Dec. 16 & 17, 2017
Celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting. A well-loved Washington, D.C. holiday tradition, this concert includes Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along. The program will feature a newly commissioned carol by popular British composer Paul Mealor.
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Offerings from The Kennedy Center
National Symphony Orchestra: A Holiday Pops! featuring Megan Hilty Dec. 7, 2017 at 7:00pm and Dec. 8, 2017 at 8:00pm
The National Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, is proud to present a free concert in honor of all service members and their families to celebrate the holiday season.
Merry TubaChristmas!: Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:00pm
This year marks the 44th anniversary of MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!, founded by Harvey Phillips, in which hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around Washington, D.C., play traditional Christmas music. FREE performance through Millennium Stage
Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera:Dec. 14-17, 2017
All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children’s Chorus.
National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 14-17, 2017
Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: A Family Christmas: Dec. 16, 2017 at 1:00pm
The young and the young at heart will revel in the joy of the season as holiday favorites ring throughout the Concert Hall.
Christmas with Choral Arts: Dec. 17-24, 2017
Choral Arts celebrates the joys of the season in a delightful program of popular holiday standards and seasonal Christmas classics.
Messiah Sing-Along: Dec. 23, 2017 at 6:00pm
The Kennedy Center’s free Messiah Sing-Along, a family and community tradition since 1971, returns to the Concert Hall on Saturday evening, December 23, at 6 p.m. Ticket distribution begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Nations.
Offerings from Strathmore
Strathmore Children’s Chorus: Peace, Paz, Shalom: Dec. 10, 2017 at 4:00pm
Strathmore Children’s Chorus explores the idea that hearing and honoring diverse voices will help make peace in our world. This concert features music and texts from a wide range of perspectives, and shines a light on how song and story are powerful tools for creating peace and compassion.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Dec. 12-13, 2017
This holiday mash-up for the whole family is back by popular demand! The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City.
A Candlelight Christmas: Dec. 15, 2017 at 8:00pm
It’s not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional, A Candlelight Christmas includes audience favorites such as The Dream Isaiah Saw, Hallelujah Chorus, and more.
Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 16 & 17, 2017
No holiday celebration is complete without a performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah, a work that has delighted and inspired audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1741. The perennial favorite features such timeless highlights as “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Messiah will once again infuse audiences with its beauty in a performance by the acclaimed National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale and world-class soloists, led by conductor Stan Engebretson.
More shows in and around Washington, DC at various locations:
Frosty the Snowman at Adventure Theatre: Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 2017
Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics.
A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre: Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 2017
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge. This annual production has been a Washington tradition for more than 35 years. Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Seasons of Light at Discovery Theatre: Dec. 1-21, 2017
Join in the annual celebration of seasonal holidays from around the world. The history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice make for an amazing interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Back for its 19th season, this signature Discovery Theater show sells out early, so get your tickets now!
Snow Day presented by Arts on the Horizon:Dec. 1-16, 2017
One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. A playful (if not a little mischievous) winter elf takes her on an adventure – showing her just how magical snow can be! Join Skip as she experiences all the excitement, joy, and wonder of her very first snow day. This nonverbal production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season. Best for ages 2-6.
Hansel & Gretel at Synetic Theatre: Dec. 1-23, 2017
During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. As Hansel embarks on his own wonder-filled exploration of his everyday surroundings, he and his sister fall into a magical realm that takes them far away from home. In this wordless production, the well-beloved Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens.
Madeline’s Christmas presented by Creative Cauldron: Dec. 1-23, 2017
She’s Back!! After a sold out run at the Cauldron in 2014, we welcome back everyone’s favorite precocious little Parisian. “In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” And with that familiar phrase, author, illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline! In this musical adaptation, Madeline’s schoolmates and tutor are all sick in bed on Christmas Eve, unable to go home to be with their families. So, it’s Madeline to the rescue! And with the help of a magical rug merchant she takes her friends on a Christmas journey they will never forget.
Holiday Sing-A-Long at Wolf Trap: Dec. 2, 2017 at 4:00pm
Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s 2017 Holiday Sing-A-Long! This musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with local choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. Wolf Trap will be participating in Toys for Tots by collecting new, unwrapped toys at the entrance to the Filene Center before the Sing-A-Long. Donations are voluntary and not required. Admission is free and no tickets are necessary. Parking is free but limited so please plan on arriving early. Bring a candle and join the tradition of exiting the Filene Center with a candlelight processional during the last verse of “Silent Night.” There will also be a ‘Jing-A-Long’ during the singing of Jingle Bells so remember to bring a bell and your holiday cheer!
Maryland Youth Ballet presents Mini-Nutcracker: Dec. 9 & 10, 2017
12th Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long at Atlas Performing Arts Center: Dec. 10, 2017 at 4:30pm & 7:00pm
Capital City Symphony, Congressional Chorus, and American Youth Chorus perform a variety of holiday favorites in this perennially loved performance that is fun for the entire family. Audience members are encouraged to join in the singing of classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Twelve Days of Christmas. Continue the celebration after the concert with complimentary cookies and good cheer in our Kogod Lobby.
Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at Atlas Performing Arts Center: Dec. 15-30, 2017
This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman. Over the last six years, this internationally-renowned percussive dance company has created a contemporary holiday tradition at the Atlas, featuring friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops, and even a dance party. Why celebrate the holidays sitting still when you can step with Step Afrika! Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is suited to adults and kids age four and up. Join us in the lobby 30 minutes before show time to decorate your own musical instrument so you can make music with Step Afrika! during the performance.