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Georgetown Glow

Now-Jan 7, DC: Enjoy this 4th annual stunning outdoor light exhibition throughout Georgetown and re-imagine the season of light. A whole new way to experience the light of this season.

Hillwood Holidays
Now-Jan 7, DC: Christmas trees evoking the glamour and elegance of the special exhibition Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection are the centerpiece of an enchanting holiday season at Hillwood. The shimmering gems and sumptuous stones permeate the holiday decor that adorns the entire estate.

Russian Winter Festival
Dec 9-10, DC: Celebrate Sviatki, the festive winter season in traditional Russian style. Meet Gradfather Frost, create and wear your own kokshnik, join in a mummers parade, enjoy lively music and festive dances all in the beautiful Hillwood Estate.

Dec 16, DC: Try something new this holiday season and head to Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration, and learn how to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Joy of Christmas
Dec 16/17, DC: The Washington National Cathedral presents an area favorite, where you will feel the warm spirit of the season in a majectic setting. A well-loved Washington DC 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.

The Piano Guys

Dec 13-16, DC: The National Theatre presents YouTube superstars ThePianoGuys, who bring their one-of-a-kind arrangements and comedic charm to the National Theatre for a limited holiday residency this December. Find out for yourself why The Piano Guys are a viral sensation around the world!

Twist Your Dickens

Now-Dec 31, DC: The Kennedy Center presents Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol like never before—with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

A Candlelight Christmas

Dec 10-22, selected dates, DC: The Kennedy Center is brimming with Christmas options this year. The Washington Chorus is a perennial crowd-pleaser, featuring brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the magnificent Candlelight Processional. It includes your favorite songs such as The Dream Isaiah SawHallelujah Chorus and more Christmas favorites to fall in love with.

Handel's Messiah

Dec 14-17, DC: Join the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center to hear 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.

Step Afrika's Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Dec 15-30, DC: This is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town! This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats. Over the last six years, this internationally-renowned percussive dance company has created a contemporary holiday tradition, featuring friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops, and even a dance party.

A Holiday Pops! Featuring Megan Hilty

Dec 8-9, DC: Dash through the snow to our merrily adorned Concert Hall and warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along carols in this annual NSO tradition, joined this year by Tony®-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty.

Metro Cooking DC

Dec 9-10, DC: The ultimate food lover’s weekend returns to the Washington Convention Center for it's 12th year! Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or expert entertainer, the two-day culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts, including cooking demos, book signings with top celebrity chefs, samples, tips and techniques, plus loads of foodie shopping choices!

National Menorah Lighting

Dec 12, National Mall: Perhaps the most prominent public Chanukah program in the world is the annual lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah on the Ellipse, just across from the White House in Washington, DC. There will be donuts, latkes, music and more for all attendees!

Christmas Illuminations at Mt. Vernon

Dec 15-16, Mt. Vernon: Enjoy an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music, with fireworks beginning around 9PM. Take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, and learn 18th-century dance moves from costumed guides in the Greenhouse. George and Martha Washington will also be on site to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests. Working artisans will be about, spreading cheer, hot chocolate and more. 

Tomb of Christ, a National Geographic Experience

Now-Aug 15, DC: Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. You will be able to virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries. Built in the fourth century, the tomb of Christ, or the Holy Edicule, has just undergone a historic restoration—a project that captured the attention of the world and will be featured this fall in National Geographic magazine and on the National Geographic channel.

An American In Paris

Dec 12-Jan 7, DC: Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, this musical has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."

Little Prince, A Holiday Family Opera

Dec 14-17, DC: All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. 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.

Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball

Dec 11, DC: The Capital One Area presents a hot lineup of stars to ring in the holiday season, and benefit a great cause at the same time.

Harlem Globetrotters

Dec 9, Baltimore: The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. 

Ladew Christmas Open House

Dec 8-10, Monkton, MD: The circa 1747 Manor House is festively decorated by volunteers and garden clubs in celebration of the holiday season. Holiday arrangements, greens and gifts are available for sale. The Ladew Café will be open for lunch.

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker

Now-Dec 24, DC: A perennial favorite, presented by the fabulous Washington Ballet in the beautiful Warner Theatre. This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Join again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition!



Mozart's Requiem

Nov 30/Dec 3, Baltimore & Bethesda: The power and mystery of Mozart’s final masterpiece has inspired audiences for centuries. Come hear the BSO and the University of Maryland Concert Choir perform this classic work.

Festival of Lights

Nov 30-Dec 31, Kensington: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area's great community traditions, and features free performances nightly in the comfortable, along with over 650,000 lights, international Christmas trees, creches from around the world, and a different artist or musical group featured every night.

Garden of Lights

Now-Jan 1, Wheaton: Brookside Gardens celebrates it's 19th season, as you step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers and other displays. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying sparkling fountains and whimsical winter scenes. Enjoy a complete G scale model train display inside the Conservatory after strolling through the gardens.

Lights on the Bay

Now-Jan 1, Annapolis: Head to Sandy Point Park for this 24th annual event. Taking place at Sandy Point State Park, the event features a two-mile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay with approximately 70 animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway.

Miracle on 34th Street

Now-early Jan, Baltimore: Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the Miracle on 34th Street each. Check it out!

Watkins Regional Park Festival of Lights

Now-Jan 1, Upper Marlboro: This spectacular holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays, and one of the tallest tree displays in the state! Don't forget to make a difference this season! Please bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks.

A Christmas Carol

Now-Dec 31, Olney: Head to Olney Theatre to experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended, in his own words, and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance.  Adapted from Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Paul Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale.

An Appalachian Holiday

Dec 1 & 2, Frederick: Join the Choral Arts Society for music of the season set to the tones of an Appalachian accompaniment featuring Mark Edwards and guest musicians from the Common Ground Festival. Come ready to celebrate the holidays—tap your toes to the sounds of the bass, fiddle and choir, and to share the beauty of this cultural heritage. Family friendly!

It's a Wonderful Life

Now-Dec 10, Annapolis: The Colonial Players present this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec 1, Baltimore: Join in this annual tradition and enjoy Christmas carols by Baltimore Choral Arts Society, a visit from Santa Claus with treats for the kids, and hot apple cider, hot chocolate, Italian cookies and roasted chestnuts for all!

Midnight Madness

Dec 1, Ellicott CityBring the family into town for the 39th annual Midnight Madness Celebration!  Visit with Santa 4-8pm at the log cabin, watch our tree lighting and sip hot treats while strolling our picturesque historic district.   All of our shops will be open late – find that unique gift for your special someone plus our restaurants will be serving festive selections late into the evening! Strolling carolers, a winter holiday market and more make this an evening not to miss!


Dec 1, College Park: The critically-acclaimed UMD Symphony Orchestra is a progressive ensemble that presents innovative classical music experiences rooted in the traditions of orchestral repertoire and performance. The final concert of the fall semester features several well-known works including Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Op. 35.

Scottish Christmas Walk Parade

Dec 2, Alexandria: For the 47th consecutive year, The Campagna Center presents the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. Enjoy marching units filled with the magnificent tartans of Scottish Clans, the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, Scottie dogs, dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and much more.

Downtown Holiday Market

Now-Dec 23, DC: Consistently ranked among America’s best Holiday Markets, and anyone who’s visited will testify as to why. Located outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, it features a rotating selection of exhibitors and artisans offering fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and specialty food items.


Dec 1-3, DC: Each December, the Heurich House Museum welcomes the public to celebrate the winter season during its annual Christkindlmarkt. The museum honors the Heurich family’s German heritage by recreating a traditional German public Christmas market in its garden. This holiday shopping event, Dupont Circle’s only holiday market, will feature goods from over 40 local artisans, including jewelers, ceramicists, chocolatiers, makers of housewares, and more. Guests are invited to visit the market and tour the seasonally decorated historic house.

A Child's Christmas in Wales

Now-Dec 17, DC: Holiday memories are treasures, but not always reliably reported. An evening of works adapted from Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, AA Milne, Louisa May Alcott and others, will receive its world premiere in a warm and nostalgic production, presented by the Washington Stage Guild.

Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush

Now-Dec 24, Alexandria: Enjoy Off-Broadway at MetroStage, and go back in time to an English Pub in 1912 full of the excitement of the Christmas spirit!

The Lion King

Now-Dec 10, Baltimore: Head to the Hippodrome and see the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.” Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors, and thrill to the unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”

Magical Holiday Express

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. There is something to see and do every day at this annual holiday event! NEW this year - walk through a 30 foot Christmas tree in the center of the B&O's historic roundhouse and enjoy all new holiday decorations!

Lookingglass Alice

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: This contemporary retelling puts a fresh, modern twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Alice falls through the looking glass and finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. She encounters the familiar and fantastical in this world of curiosity and wonder, coming face to face with wild characters, and obstacles and oddities in the wonderful Center Stage production.

Symphony of LIghts

Now-Jan 1, Columbia: A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high, in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. A fabulous way to support the Howard County General Hospital!

Season's Greenings

Now-Dec 1, DC: This year, take a trip across America as the US Botanic Gardens present their annual holiday show, Roadside  Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas' Cadillac Ranch, Colorado's hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota's Corn Palace, New Jersey's Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory. The collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition--an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Swedish Christmas Bazaar

Dec 2, Georgetown: Talented artisans and vendors offer everything from gifts, crafts, textiles, books and homemade bread to Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware, and Swedish delicacies, such as “princesstårta” and “glögg". The event ends with the traditional caroling by our Swedish St Lucia Procession. The “Julmarknad” attracts Scandinavians as well as tourists just passing by, and Americans from all around the area have made this an annual tradition!

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Dec 2, Alexandria Marina: Alexandria's harbor shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront for this annual tradition. Enjoy festivities out on the dock and inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Sant will arrive by fireboat, and there will be music, games, prizes, a scavenger hunt and plenty of fun for all ages!


Now-Jan 1, DC: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. It includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! A free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo's Great Meadow. In addition, a European-style outdoor market featuring local artisans selling alternative art and crafts, handmade clothing, jewelry and books to home accessories. If that's not enough, look for the mobile art gallery, train rides, a carousel and snow-less tubing!