Get into the holiday spirit with these festive concerts and shows



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It’s December, which means it’s time to start a fire, pull out your Christmas album collection, and watch a billion holiday movies. But there are also plenty of reasons to leave home. These plays, concerts and performances taking place across Washington are sure to get you in the mood for joy and joy.


Dr. Seuss’ How? ‘Or’ What the Grinch stole Christmas! Musical comedy is at the National Theater until December 5th. The Holiday hit Broadway features favorite songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” $ 50 to $ 95.

The Washington Ballet will grace the stage of the Warner Theater with its Washington-themed interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s play The Nutcracker until December 26. The production, set in Georgetown during the Revolutionary War, features George Washington as the Nutcracker Prince, King George III as the Rat King, and other reimagined characters as as well-known historical figures. $ 49 to $ 145.

For another take on Nutcracker, join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the “Nutcracker Virtual Family Celebration” December 4. Former Radio City Rockette DeMoya Watson Brown read the holiday classic aloud. After Story Time, Washington Ballet School Instructor Margaret williamson will host an interactive ballet masterclass. To free.

Until December 27, Ford’s Theater is showing Charles Dickens’ Michael Wilson radio adaptation A Christmas Carol, starring acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace as miser Ebenezer Scrooge. The adaptation, which was first performed on WAMU 88.5 last year, will feature traditional Christmas carols and new staging throughout the race. $ 36 to $ 109.

The Dutch chamber choir Bach performer Christmas Oratorio in a virtual concert for the Library of Congress on December 3. Free.

The Washington, DC Gay Men’s Choir returns to the Lincoln Theater stage with its popular festive program, “The Holiday Show” December 4. Tap elves and drag queens will join the chorus to perform holiday favorites like “Let It Snow!” Let it snow! Let it snow! ”And“ The 12 rock days of Christmas. ”There will also be performances on December 11 and 12. $ 25- $ 65.

NPR presents its annual holiday concert, “A jazz piano Christmas, “ at the Terrance Theater at the Kennedy Center on December 4. The show features beloved holiday classics performed by jazz pianists Gerald Clayton, Patrice Rushen and Eric Reed. $ 59 to $ 69.

Also on December 4, the jazz singer Landon paddock will present a holiday themed show at Cidrerie du Capitole. Paddock’s voice has been compared to that of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé. To free.

Put on your favorite holiday sweater and listen to it National Symphony Orchestra fill the rooms with The hymn with holiday songs on December 8th. $ 15- $ 30.

December 9 to December 19, Afrika stage! will celebrate the parties and the dance group’s 10th anniversary with their “Magical Musical Holiday Stage Show” at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts. The holiday show highlights the African American tradition of walking and will include appearances of furry friends, such as Popper the Penguin and the polar bear twins Pinky and Polo. $ 25 to $ 45.

December 9 DC comedians Elani nichelle and Elliot Bromberg present their holiday comedy show “Double EE Comedy Ugly Sweater Edition” at Red Bear Brewing Company. Put on your ugliest sweater and enjoy fun stories from a list of local comics. $ 10.

Keegan Theater a Carol Irish takes place from December 10 to 31. This production tells the Dickensian classic from the perspective of a wealthy and greedy Irish pub owner. $ 41 to $ 55.

December 10 and 11, indie-pop icon Ingrid Michaelson performs his greatest hits, as well as songs from his holiday album Ingrid Michaelson songs for the season to Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $ 29-109.

Seraph Brass, an award-winning all-female brass ensemble, will join the Cathedral Choral Society for the Christmas joy concert at the Washington National Cathedral on December 11 and 12. $ 20- $ 98.

The Singing Capital Choir will have a singing performance at the Van Ness Main Street Holiday Pop-up December 11. Browse pottery, botanicals, stained glass decorations, clothing, accessories and more while listening to fun holiday tunes. There will also be a special pop-up book on Politics and Prose. To free.

Also on December 11, watch the American University a cappella group A dime a dozen play holiday classics and current hits while hanging on to Union Market. To free.

The Folger Consort presents their annual holiday concert, “A medieval Christmas” at Saint Mark’s Church on Capitoline Hill. From December 10 to 18, the early music ensemble will perform English and Latin Christmas carols from the Middle Ages, such as “Gabriel du roi du ciel” and “Ah, mon cher fils”. $ 20 to $ 50.

From December 16 to 19, the National Symphony Orchestra will continue one of Washington’s favorite holiday traditions and play Handel’s selections Messiah and Bach Magnificat to Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $ 15 to $ 89.

The The king’s singers will bring the magic of Christmas to Washington National Cathedral December 17th. The holiday concert will feature songs from the UK vocal ensemble’s albums Find harmony, Xmas, and King’s Singers Christmas Songbook. $ 23 to $ 90.

The Washington Society for Choral Arts present “A family Christmas,a kid-friendly show at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall from December 18-24. The hour-long event, filled with Christmas carols and Christmas favorites, will also include a visit from Santa, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. $ 20 to $ 45.

Catch it Washington, DC Gay Men’s Choir sing to Union market December 18. Free.

The Washington Dance Institute carried out “The Spirit of Kwanzaa” December 18 and 19. The show tells a story about the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa through dance, music, percussion, spoken word, song and live video. $ 20 to $ 25.

The Clear Harmonies Carolers perform a mix of traditional Christmas carols and modern holiday classics at Union market December 19. The band of singers has previously performed at the Enchant Christmas vacation attraction and Gaylord Resorts. To free.

From December 19 to 22, the Washington Choir present “A Christmas by candlelight” the Grammy-winning group’s annual performance of Christmas carols and holiday favorites at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The group will also perform at Strathmore from December 16 to 23. $ 10 to $ 101.

Rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra come to Capitol One Arena On December 23, performing hits from their famous show “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”. $ 49.50 to $ 89.50.

December 26, troupe of political sketches The components will give their unfiltered take on the big names in politics in their “A good holiday hangover” show at Union Stadium. The Holiday Roast will transport you to a bipartisan dinner with President Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris, Tucker Carlson, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Candace Owens, Bernie Sanders and a guy who thinks he won the 2020 election. $ 30 .

In Maryland

Until December 26, Paul Morella resumes his solo adaptation of A Christmas Carol To Onley Theater. $ 40.

Until January 2, the Puppet Company bring Nutcracker brought to life through costumed characters and larger-than-life puppets in this super kid-friendly version of the tale. $ 15.

The Puppet Company also takes Eric Kimmel’s beloved book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins on stage until January 2. $ 15.

Mannheim Steam Roller come to Strathmore On December 4, performing hits from their 1984 vacation album, Xmas. $ 52 to $ 108.

From December 10 to 19, the Washington delights perform their annual holiday concert, “The Christmas holidays: an American celebration of the winter solstice”, at the Spanish ballroom. There will be eight performances by local artists, the Washington Revels Brass and the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. The concert is also available to stream online through January 6. $ 20 to $ 55.

December 11, Irish violinist Seán Heely and other Celtic artists will take the Strathmore on a holiday trip through Scotland and Ireland with familiar Christmas melodies and ancient Gaelic carols. $ 22 to $ 32.

The Maryland Ballet Theater will perform their interpretation of Nutcracker at Maryland Hall on December 12. $ 25- $ 47.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra present “Holiday Pops: Sultans of String” at Maryland Hall on December 17th. The show features award-winning flamenco dancer and singer Tamar Ilana and singer Rebecca Campbell. $ 59 to $ 119.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker will bring hip hop dance and Tchaikovsky’s timeless musical score back to the Strathmore stage from December 20-22. The show will feature dancers, a DJ, violinists and the founding father of hip hop MC Kurtis Kick. $ 34 to $ 68.

In virginia

Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Diane reeves the fact George Mason University Center for the Arts debuts December 4. Reeves will sing the music from his holiday album Christmas time has arrived. $ 41 to $ 65.

The GMU Arts Center also hosts the American Festival Pops Orchestra for a performance entitled “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season.” $ 41 to $ 65.

John Waters come to Birchmere to perform the music from her holiday compilation album 2014, A John Waters Christmas, December 15. The alternative holiday cabaret features songs such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus Is a Black Man”. $ 55.

On December 18 and 19, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Ballet Company will come together to play Nutcracker To GMU Arts Center. $ 54 to $ 94.

Assistant editor

Before becoming associate editor, Damare Baker started as an editor for the Washingtonian. She has previously written for Voice of America and The Hill. She graduated from Georgetown University, where she studied international relations, Korean and journalism.



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