Weekends on Wednesday (or Thursday!)


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 CafĂ© 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!

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