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10 Holiday-Themed Performances & Shows in Washington, DC

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC

The seasonal vibes flow through these can’t-miss shows

As the calendar turns to December, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights populate houses and storefronts and, most importantly, you need ways to let your seasonal spirit flourish. The nation’s capital has plenty of options, so get that ugly sweater ready for a month’s worth of revelry at DC theaters and venues.

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 Christmas at Pemberley' - Holiday-Themed Performances in Washington, DC

‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ – Nov. 23 – Dec. 18
There’s something about Mary in Laura Gunderson’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, showing at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre through Dec. 18. The comedy of manners considers the lonely heart of Pride and Prejudice’s most challenging character (the play is set two years after that story), who has an extremely bright future that may or may not include romance (wink, wink).
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Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

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A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre - Washington, DC

‘A Christmas Carol’ – Nov. 16 – Dec. 31
A Washington tradition for 35 years, acclaimed actor Craig Wallace assumes the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a lavish Victorian-style musical production of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic. Scrooge’s riveting journey alongside the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future is a joy even if you’ve experienced it a hundred times before – especially in one of the world’s most historic theaters.
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Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC

'The Nutcracker' – Dec. 1-24
The Washington Ballet pulls out all the stops for this classic Christmas tale that features a special DC twist. The Russian ballet goes local thanks to a Nutcracker Prince in the likeness of George Washington and cherry blossom set designs. Set in historical Georgetown, you will be dazzled by an impressive roster of dancers and the beautiful Tchaikovsky score. The production is staged at THEARC Theater for its first two nights, then shifts to the Warner Theatre from Dec. 1-24.
1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. | Warner Theatre Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center - Washington, DC

NSO Pops: ‘A Holiday Pops!’ featuring Megan Hilty – Dec. 8-9
NSO Pops and the Washington Chorus (and perhaps Ol’ Saint Nick himself) present a program of holiday carols and seasonal sing-alongs at the Kennedy Center that the entire family can enjoy. Hear the musical stylings of Tony Award nominee Megan Hilty (Noises Off, 9 to 5 and Wicked). No carolers can come close to this one-of-a-kind performance. 
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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The Second City's Twist Your Dickens at the Kennedy Center - Washington, DC

The Second City’s ‘Twist Your Dickens’ – Dec. 5-31
The Second City brings its legendary comedy group to the Kennedy Center for an off-the-wall adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Improv and sketchy comedy mastery will be on full display during this performance, which will feature characters from Charles Dickens’ classic tale in an all-new (and hilarious) light. There will be plenty of audience participation, too! Recommended for ages 16 and up.
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Kennedy Center at night over Potomac River

The Washington Chorus presents ‘A Candlelight Christmas’ – Dec. 10-22
The Washington Chorus consists of 200 voices, which work in tandem with brass, organ and percussion to create wonderful renditions of Christmas classics. The chorus will also be accompanied by high school ensembles and the audience will be asked to join in joyous sing-alongs. The traditional candlelight processional will also take place at this annual event.
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s ‘Messiah’ – Dec. 14-17
This holiday epic, which explores the story of Jesus Christ as the Messiah, is performed at the Kennedy Center each year, but each rendition has its own special flair. 2017 is no different, as the National Symphony Orchestra takes the stage along with guest artists: Sophie Daneman, Ann McMahon Quintero, Karim Sulayman and Christian Immler, as well as the University of Maryland Concert Choir.
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show – Dec. 15-30
DC’s Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, puts on a holiday extravaganza at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in the H Street neighborhood this December. The family-friendly show will combine clapping, stomping and stepping for a dazzling array of percussive dance. Furry friends from the animal kingdom and a dance party hosted by DJ Frosty the Snowman are also on the docket.
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Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Kwanzaa Celebration at Dance Place - Washington, DC

Kwanzaa Celebration at Dance Place – Dec. 16-17
Dance Place annually holds this celebratory event in honor of Kwanzaa. Each of the seven principles of the holiday are honored, as director Sylvia Soumah guides some of the area’s finest dancers, including Coyaba Dance Theater and Coyaba Academy. Expect pounding rhythms, incredible moves and an undeniably communal atmosphere across both performances.
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Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

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The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - Holiday-Themed Performances Near Washington, DC

‘Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker’ – Dec. 22-23
The Music Center at Strathmore hosts the Moscow Ballet for what will be three nights of unforgettable performances of the classic Russian tale. The show will feature larger-than-life props, a 60-foot Christmas tree and authentic Russian costumes and sets. And of course, the Moscow Ballet is one of the most acclaimed in the world, meaning you’ll be able to witness masters of the craft just outside of DC city lines.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

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