Holiday Plays & Shows in DC, MD & VA

DC Holiday Shows

National Symphony Orchestra
Dec 9

Our holiday celebration returns with carols, sing-alongs, and sparkling seasonal magic! This year, the NSO welcomes Tony Award®-winning actress and singer Laura Benanti performing festive favorites like “Jingle Bell Rock,” Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Baby,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and so much more.

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
Dec 9-18

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

As the world’s first holiday show highlighting the African American tradition of stepping, Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is a feast for the eyes and ears.

Handel’s “Messiah”
Dec 2, 3 and 4

A Christmas season tradition: the Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a venue unlike any other to experience Handel’s iconic work.

The Christmas Angel
Dec 2-18

“A beautiful family experience, with a powerful message of love, acceptance, and forgiveness that can never be oversold.” -DC Theater Arts.

Joy of Christmas at National Cathedral
Dec 10-11

Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm your spirit.

HOT 99.5’s Jingle Ball
Dec 13

This year, fans will be spreading holiday cheer at the Capital One Arena with Sam Smith, Pitbull, Charlie Puth, Khalid, Tate McRae, Lauv, Ava Max, Nicky Youre, and Jax on Tuesday, December 13th.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. Holiday Show
Dec 3, 9, 11

Tap-dancing elves, a dancing Christmas tree, snow, and much more return to the Lincoln Theatre for our always popular The Holiday Show. The festive program will include songs like “Sleigh Ride,” “Underneath the Tree,” “The 12 Rockin’ Days of Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and “Hard Candy Christmas”.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration
Dec 16-28

Our 52nd annual Midwinter Revels takes us into the past to a time and place of great change in American history – Ellis Island of the 1920’s. A point of entry to the New World for many immigrants, Ellis Island was a place where many peoples and cultures came together from all over the world…

The Day You Begin
Nov 19 – Dec 18

It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet…but somehow you do it. This world premiere commissioned musical is based on one of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s most popular picture books.

A Family Christmas
Dec 24

Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them!

Christmas carol

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec 26

The holidays rock a whole lot harder than they ever have thanks to Trans-Siberian Orchestra. By infusing seasonal classics with rock flamboyance, a symphonic sense of scope, and an eye-popping visual presentation complete with lasers and pyrotechnics, what began as a side project for a veteran group of American hard rockers has grown into one of today’s top-selling acts, with over 10 million concert tickets sold since 1999.

A Christmas Carol
Till Dec 31

Charles Dickens’ story was created to inspire a spirit of charity toward those less fortunate. Our Helen Hayes Awards–recommended original production of this classic holiday story has become an annual holiday tradition, delighting patrons of all ages. Season Subscribers can substitute any Cabaret performance.

Northern Virginia Holiday Shows

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Until Jan 1

Hershel just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community, but the Queen and King of the Goblins have forbidden the lighting of the candles. Can Hershel save the day and lift the curse for this shtetl (village)?

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NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet
Dec 6

This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! The acclaimed holiday tradition is LIVE in theaters for the 30th Anniversary tour.

Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes

Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long
Dec 3

Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long!

Holiday Sing-A-Long at Wolf Trap
Image Source: Wolf Trap website

City Band “Christmas in Fairfax” @ Fairfax HS
Dec 17

City of Fairfax Band and Fairfax Choral Society presents Christimas in Fairfax, on Saturday, December 17th. Tickets are free but required.

Maryland Holiday Shows

The Nutcracker
Dec 9-11

The Nutcracker show

A Frederick holiday tradition, this full length ballet features artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classical Ballet.

A Spirit for the Holidays
Dec 8

Three mischievous holiday spirits have their own ideas of what a holiday concert should be. As two of the spirits squabble, the orchestra is caught in the middle.

Holiday Spectacular
Dec 12-17

The festive Holiday Spectacular returns to the Meyerhoff with all your favorite holiday music. The BSO brings an exciting holiday program to you featuring the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, BSO Artistic Partner Wordsmith, and a few musical surprises. Perfect for the entire family, make this concert a part of your traditions.

A Cirque Holiday Soiree
Dec 10, 11

Watch as the aerialists and acrobats fly, twist and turn themselves into unforgettable moments of awe set to a lively score of holiday music and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. A Cirque Holiday Soiree is an evening not to be missed – join the BSO and Troupe Vertigo as we transform the season into a treat for your eyes!

Period-Perfect Messiah
Dec 10, 11

Celebrating its 87th year, Handel Choir is back, Live Onstage in Baltimore! This season, we are celebrating our city and its resilience with Baltimore composers, Baltimore celebrities, and collaborations with Baltimore students and institutions. Purchase a season subscription and save up to 20% off of individual tickets

Holiday Spectacular
Dec 17, 18

The festive Holiday Spectacular returns to the Meyerhoff with all your holiday favorites! The BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society bring an exciting holiday program to you featuring the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, spoken word artist Wordsmith, and a few musical surprises. Perfect for the entire family, make this concert a part of your traditions.

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