Holiday Events DC 2018: Concerts, Dance, Theatre & More

Start Planning your Holidays With The Arts. Find 100+ Holiday Events here including concerts, dance and theatre plus holiday teas, candlelight tours, family activities and culinary events including tastings!  
 

Hot Hits

Beltway Brass

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Mon. Dec 24
The Beltway Brass plays a variety of holiday favorites in their own jazzy, not-too-classical way. Expect some extremely fashionable Christmas sweaters as well.

All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Tue. Dec 25
Join in the 20th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition.

A Gospel Christmas

Washington National Cathedral
Fri. Dec 21
Celebrate the joyful Christmas story through Scripture and song, led by the Cathedral Band. Jazz, blues and gospel set the mood for this service as we tell it from the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington presents: Holiday Sing

Terrace Theatre
Sat. Dec 22
A multi-genre celebration of holiday traditions around the world, featuring holiday classics and original compositions accompanied by a 15-piece chamber orchestra and a mass choir.

Messiah Sing-Along

The Kennedy Center
Sun. Dec 23
Back by popular demand, the evening concert features conductor Nancia D’Alimonte as she leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece.

Holiday 9

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Thu. Dec 20
A night of holiday songs and sing-alongs from nine of D.C.’s best performing artists.

Sweet Heaven Kings

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Fri. Dec 21
Anacostia’s acclaimed 16-member gospel brass and percussion band Sweet Heaven Kings present their annual holiday program.

Celtic Christmas

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sun. Dec 30
In this Celtic holiday celebration, renowned D.C.-based Irish musician Zan McLeod is joined by Sean Heely on fiddle, Tracy Jenkins on bagpipes, and Kevin Elam on banjo, whistle, and vocals.

Children of the Gospel Choir

Palisades Community Church
Sat. Dec 22
The Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir (COTG) performs a holiday concert!

Wesley Bright & The Honeytones

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Mon. Dec 31
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m. with a performance by Wesley Bright and the Honeytones, a soul band from the funky rubber city of Akron, Ohio.

Encore Chorale

The Kennedy Center
Wed. Dec 26
Encore Chorale, the dynamic ensemble created specifically for first-time or returning musicians over the age of 55, comes back to Millennium Stage for an evening of crowd-pleasing holiday music.

Spotlights

The Windsock Arms: Holiday Trains & Planes

College Park Aviation Museum
Wed. Dec 19

Gingerbreadpalooza!

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat. Dec 22

A Candlelight Christmas

Strathmore
Dec. 20 – 21

The Art League Gallery's Petite December Exhibit

The Art League
Thru Jan. 6, 2019

An Irish Carol

Keegan Theatre
Dec. 16 – 31

Candlelight Tours

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Dec 20

Mid-Winter Music of Early America

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Sat. Dec 29

Capitol Hill Chorale: A Time of Transcendence

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
Mar. 16 – 17, 2019

DC Strings presents Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Hymns

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Thu. Dec 20

Joy of Christmas

Washington National Cathedral
Sun. Dec 16

Annual Holiday Group Show

Montpelier Arts Center
Thru Dec. 31

A Christmas Carol

Ford's Theatre
Dec. 16 – 30

Waverly Street Gallery Annual Holiday Gift Show

Waverly Street Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2019

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Strathmore
Dec. 18 – 19

Kwanzaa Celebration

Dance Place
Sun. Dec 16

Choral Arts: Songs of the Season

The Kennedy Center
Dec. 16 – 24

Ballet West: The Nutcracker

The Kennedy Center
Sun. Dec 8, 2019

Blackrock’n New Year’s Eve 2019

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Mon. Dec 31

Elf: The Musical

Olney Theatre Center
Dec. 16, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

Indoor Recess: Arts & Crafts Hour for Adults

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sun. Dec 16

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Dec. 16 – 30

Handel and Hamilton for the Holidays

Montpelier Arts Center
Sun. Dec 16

Christmas themed Story Time

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Mon. Dec 17

Wreath Workshop: Historic Greenery

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. Dec 16

A Christmas Messe

Folger Theatre
Dec. 16 – 23

Bandana Splits

Strathmore
Sun. Dec 16

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

Olney Theatre Center
Dec. 16 – 30

Christmas with Voce: Respighi's Laud to the Nativity

Church of The Holy Comforter
Sun. Dec 16

Kwanzaa themed Story Time

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Mon. Dec 31

A Candlelight Christmas

The Kennedy Center
Dec. 16 – 22

Holiday Trains & Planes

College Park Aviation Museum
Thru Dec. 22

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Kennedy Center
Dec. 18, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

The Nutcracker

The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Dec. 16 – 30

Wreath Workshop: Herbal

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. Dec 16

Choral Arts: A Family Christmas in Alexandria

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
Sat. Dec 22
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