Holiday Plays & Shows in DC, MD & VA

DC Holiday Shows

National Symphony Orchestra at Anthem
Dec 8

Your favorite holiday classics as you’ve never heard them! The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the annual sell-out event featuring today’s best jazz pianists performing the most loved seasonal music.

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
Dec 9-19

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town and this year is our 10th anniversary! Join us December 9-19 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, DC) for a fun family-friendly performance that will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! Why celebrate the holidays sitting still when you can step with Step Afrika!?

A Holiday Pops with Ingrid Michaelson
Dec 10-11

Our sparkling holiday celebration returns with carols, sing-alongs, and more! This year, the NSO welcomes Indie-pop queen Ingrid Michaelson performing her biggest hits and songs from her acclaimed holiday album Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs For The Season.

Joy of Christmas at National Cathedral
Dec 11-12

From all corners of Washington National Cathedral, voices rise, filling the arches with echoes of holidays past and the wonder of things to come.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. Holiday Show
Dec 4, 11, 12

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 “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, “The 12 Rockin’ Days of Christmas,” and “Boogie Woogie Frosty” and features performances from the full Chorus, soloists, all GMCW ensembles, and the GenOUT Youth Chorus.

Handel’s Messiah and Magnificat
Dec 16-19

Don’t miss the glorious return of Washington, D.C.’s favorite holiday tradition! For the very first time, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the NSO in selections from the quintessential musical crown of the season: Handel’s Messiah. Experience the beauty of “Rejoice,” “For unto us a Child is born,” “Comfort Ye,” and more iconic music of Messiah’s Part I—coupled with Bach’s celebratory showpiece Magnificat.

Christmas Revels
Dec 17-29

The Christmas Revels is a cherished holiday tradition for over 70,000 people throughout the country. Every December, the Cambridge Revels community gathers in Harvard University’s historic Sanders Theatre to celebrate the season through the traditional songs, dances, and stories of cultures from around the world.

A Family Christmas
Dec 18, 24

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

A Candelight Christmas
Dec 19-22

Jingle all the way! Join two-time Grammy winners – the DC region’s dynamic Washington Chorus for a festive family holiday concert like nothing else!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec 23

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.

Northern Virginia Holiday Shows

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Dec 9

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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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
Dec 18 and 19

This production is unique in the Washington metropolitan region as one of few presented with live musical accompaniment. The Fairfax Ballet Company dances to Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Fairfax Symphony.

Enjoy a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice. It’s the perfect holiday treat for the entire family!

Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long From Home
Dec 18

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is pleased to continue the longstanding community tradition of the Holiday Sing-A-Long, this year with a virtual twist!

City Band “Christmas in Fairfax” @ Fairfax HS
Dec 18

City of Fairfax Band and Fairfax Choral Society presents Christimas in Fairfax, on Saturday, December 18th. Tickets are free but required.

Maryland Holiday Shows

The Nutcracker
Dec 10-12

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.

Handel Messiah
Dec 8

Edward Polochick leads the BSO Symphonic Chorale in this holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, featuring the iconic “Hallelujah” Chorus.

Cirque Nutcracker
Dec 10, 11, 12

Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, jugglers and high-flying aerialists join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for this spectacular twist on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.

Holiday Tea
Dec 11

Join us for tea and live entertainment with your favorite holiday characters!

Period-Perfect Messiah
Dec 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

Leslie Odom Jr.: The Christmas Tour
Dec 17

Tony Award®-winning Leslie Odom, Jr. performs your favorite holiday songs with the BSO in a one night only special event.

Holiday Spectacular
Dec 18, 19

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.

A Christmas Noël
Dec 19

The CPC Chamber Singers, chosen from the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus especially for their vocal blend and ability to perform smaller works, present seasonal music from four centuries – some old, some new, mostly a cappella in an acoustically rich sanctuary of wood and glass.

A Christmas Carol
Till Dec 26

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.

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