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

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.

Carolina Snowbelles

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sat. Dec 15
This holiday performance features precision style tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary dance, vocal performance, and audience interaction.

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!

Children of the Gospel Choir

Community Praise Church
Sat. Dec 15
The Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir (COTG) performs a holiday concert!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spotlights

Choral Arts: A Family Christmas in Alexandria

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
Sat. Dec 22

Holiday Ornament Workshop

Brentwood Arts Exchange
Sat. Dec 15

Christmas with Voce: Respighi's Laud to the Nativity

Church of The Holy Comforter
Dec. 15 – 16

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Strathmore
Dec. 18 – 19

Joy of Christmas

Washington National Cathedral
Dec. 15 – 16

Kwanzaa Celebration

Dance Place
Dec. 15 – 16

The Nutcracker

The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Thru Dec. 30

Capitol Hill Chorale: A Time of Transcendence

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
Mar. 16 – 17, 2019

Blackrock’n New Year’s Eve 2019

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Mon. Dec 31

Canadian Brass

George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Sat. Dec 15

Annual Holiday Group Show

Montpelier Arts Center
Thru Dec. 31

Waverly Street Gallery Annual Holiday Gift Show

Waverly Street Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2019

Kwanzaa themed Story Time

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Mon. Dec 31

Yule Log Cakes Tasting with Maison Kayser

Alliance Française of Washington, D.C.

The Art League Gallery's Petite December Exhibit

The Art League
Thru Jan. 6, 2019

A Christmas Carol

Ford's Theatre
Thru Dec. 30

Ballet West: The Nutcracker

The Kennedy Center
Sun. Dec 8, 2019

Indoor Recess: Arts & Crafts Hour for Adults

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sun. Dec 16

Virginia Rep on Tour: A Christmas Carol

National Theatre
Sat. Dec 15

Wreath Workshop: Historic Greenery

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. Dec 16

Bandana Splits

Strathmore
Sun. Dec 16

Mid-Winter Music of Early America

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Sat. Dec 29

An Irish Carol

Keegan Theatre
Thru Dec. 31

Concert: Westminster Presbyterian Choir and Ringers

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Dec 15

National Philharmonic Singers Holiday Concert

Christ Episcopal Church
Sat. Dec 15

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Thru Dec. 30

Pop Up Holiday Spider Press Card Workshop

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Sat. Dec 15

DC Strings presents Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Hymns

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Thu. Dec 20

The Play That Goes Wrong

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

A Christmas Messe

Folger Theatre
Dec. 15 – 23

The Windsock Arms: Holiday Trains & Planes

College Park Aviation Museum
Wed. Dec 19

Elf: The Musical

Olney Theatre Center
Thru Jan. 6, 2019

Choral Arts: Songs of the Season

The Kennedy Center
Dec. 16 – 24

Candlelight Tours

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Dec 20

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

Olney Theatre Center
Thru Dec. 30

A Candlelight Christmas

Strathmore
Dec. 20 – 21

Handel and Hamilton for the Holidays

Montpelier Arts Center
Sun. Dec 16

Wreath Workshop: Herbal

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. Dec 16

Gingerbreadpalooza!

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat. Dec 22

Christmas themed Story Time

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Mon. Dec 17

Holiday Trains & Planes

College Park Aviation Museum
Dec. 15 – 22

A Candlelight Christmas

The Kennedy Center
Dec. 16 – 22

National Chamber Ensemble - Holiday Time Warp

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Sat. Dec 15
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