There's "no place like home for the holidays" will have definitely new meaning this year. But that doesn't mean we have to miss out on seasonal entertainment. In fact, ticking the box on all the music performances and plays on our holiday wish list is easier than ever thanks to a slew of virtual programs.
We've curated some of the best holiday classics and newcomers for you to enjoy, so gather your pod, light a fire in the hearth and pour mug of cocoa or mulled wine, and be of good cheer as you enjoy your selections at home. Your clicks and attention helps local performers and venues at the same time, and that's definitely the best gift of all!
Downtown DC Holiday Market Musical Performances
Downtown DC BID
Now - December 23, 2pm and 6pm daily
Take part in the holiday cheer of this year's Downtown DC Holiday Market musical performances from home. Virtual performances will showcase local musicians and bands daily featuring new and favorite market performers to present more than 30 different performances. From holiday classics to inspired originals, the music will be featured “live” on screen, heard throughout the market, as well as re-broadcasted on the market’s Youtube channel!
Live Seasonal Music Concert
US Botanic Garden
December 8, 15, 22 and 29; 5:30pm
From R&B, pop, acoustic jazz, hip-hop fusion, world music, and more, this year's Season's Greening's music concerts move online to fill your home with festive tunes.
Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
December 16, 7:30pm
Step into the holiday spirit with their Magical Musical Holiday Step Show, a dynamic and engaging show that will have you swaying to the beat and tapping your feet. Fabulous and furry friends from the Arctic Kingdom – Popper the Penguin along with polar bear twins, Pinky and Polo-ensure a fun and exciting experience for the entire family! Recognizing the challenges faced by so many families due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Step Afrika! is offering this year’s holiday show free of charge. Register in advance. Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the African American tradition of stepping.
The Holiday Show
Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC
Streaming from December 5 – December 20, 2020
Celebrate the season and the 40th anniversary of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC with hits from their annual, over-the-top holiday extravaganzas over the years, plus many never-before-seen virtual performances. Includes some all-new dance numbers from 17th Street Dance, new music from all of our vocal ensembles and the GenOUT Youth Chorus, plus a virtual holiday sing-a-long and much more! Purchase tickets in advance.
Wolf Trap Sing-A-Long
December 5 & 19, 4pm
Gather around the hearth with family, good cheer and mugs of cocoa! The holiday tradition continues online with a pre-recorded performance by The President’s Own” United States Marine Band followed by a sing-a-long of holiday carols. Sing as loud as you like!
Winter Adventure with the Snow Maiden
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
December 12, 11:00am - 11:45am
Join Natasha Mirny, performer and teaching artist, for an immersive storytelling experience that invites children to become part of the story through movement, music, and active participation. This interactive story brings to life the enchanting tale of the Snow Maiden and Grandfather Frost, magical characters from Russian folklore, while exploring treasures from Hillwood’s art collection, including the magnificent painting, A Boyar Wedding Feast. Purchase tickets in advance.
The Snow Queen
December 12 – February 28
In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four narrators bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life-long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Can Gerda save Kai before his heart is frozen solid? Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience! Recommended for ages 5+.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
December 19, 2020, 7PM
December 20, 2020, 3PM
General Admission: $25, VIP: $50
A holiday mash-up for the whole family! Kick back and take in Strathmore's annual dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music from home. Through this remixed and reimagined version of the holiday classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take you on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.
The Nutcracker Storybook
Maryland Youth Ballet
Starting December 19
RENT VIDEO – $10
PURCHASE VIDEO – $20
Tune in for a reimagined production of a traditional holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, with a NEW video production. The Nutcracker Storybook follows the storyline of the timeless holiday classic with “Uncle Drosselmeyer” narrating and guiding viewers through a storybook come to life. The performance will be pre-recorded with a broadcast premiere on December 19.
Family Christmas Choral Event
December 19, 4pm
This year, the Choral Arts Society of Washington is hosting a free virtual choral performance to celebrate Christmas. The one-hour event is family-friendly, and promises a way to hear a set of classic holiday songs without leaving your living room.
A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play
December 14, TBD on Theatre's website
December 25, 12pm on WAMU 88.5 FM
In time for the holiday season and in partnership with WAMU 88.5 FM, Ford’s Theatre presents a one-hour radio play adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, featuring acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge. This adaptation of the popular Ford’s Theatre holiday tradition captures the magic of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.
Coyaba Dance Theater: In Spirit of Kwanzaa
DC Dance Place
Dec.ember 29, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Join the Coyaba Dance Theater West African Dance Company this December for a (virtual) show celebrating their 15th anniversary. The is centered on the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kuchjichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).
Christmas with the Folger Consort
December 11, 2020 – January 05, 2021
$25 - $50
The Folger Consort annually toasts the holidays with renditions of Yuletide favorites. This year, enjoy the group’s performances in front of a fireplace at home. The concert will be available on-demand with a subscription to the Consort. Christmas songs from English and American traditions, as well as festive carols and takes on pieces by J.S. Bach and Michael Praetorius, are on the docket.
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