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“Any ‘must-see’ holiday events?”

by Prince Of Petworth — November 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm 31 Comments

Photo of Macy’s Holiday Windows by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

“Since it is *nearly* December and I am fairly new to DC, I was wondering if there are any must-see holiday events that I should go to! Also, I would really like to attend a performance of the Nutcracker, has anyone seen the Washington Ballet version?”

Ed. Note: Yesterday I suggested folks check out all the CityCenterDC decorations and Zoo Lights. Today I’ll also add Miracle on 7th and Garden District if you’d like to add a little booze to the festivities.

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  • It’s just me

    Christmas Carol at the Folger.

  • MadMax

    No, there are none.
    *grabs top hat and cane*

  • NoMa’s Holiday Make-It looks like it should be a blast! Booze and crafts! https://www.facebook.com/events/1417786988528730/

  • Sully

    Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center
    Norwegian Christmas at Union Station
    Williard Hotel Christmas Choral Chios and Egg Nog Social
    Christmas Market in Chinatown

    • eggs

      Ooh I forgot about the market! Thanks!

      • MadMax

        I walked through last night, it was pretty lackluster. It looks like a bunch of booths that didn’t make the Crafty Bastards cut, and the prices are somehow higher.

        • Anon

          I haven’t been there in a few years, but when I’ve gone in the past it was a lot of the regulars from Eastern Market.

  • jumpingjack
    • mharding01

      Absolutely concur with that

  • Abel928

    MISS BENNET Christmas at Pemberley at Round House Theater http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/performances/miss-bennet/

  • K

    The Botanic Gardens are one of our favorites during the holidays. We take the kids every year to see the trains and decorations. They also do holiday concerts at 6pm.

    • TMS

      +1 to the Botanic Gardens. It’s always lovely.

      The Kennedy Center Milennium stage concerts (http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming) are often holiday themed in December, and they’re free. I understand that the Tuba Christmas concert is especially good.

    • The lines to get in to see the trains are often excruciatingly long, but I’ve found that if you get there close to closing time you can usually pop through. But even without the trains, the rest of the gardens are super, even with crushing crowds.

  • Joysbrother

    A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater.

  • James

    I went to the Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker last year. The performance involves students and my friend, who has a background in dance, was not pleased with the quality of the dancing. I thought it was fine but if you’re an aficionado it might irritate you too.

    • Anon

      I like the Washington Ballet’s performance, but my brother-in-law’s former Russian ballerina wife had the same complaint. She also said the dancers are fat — crazy, right?– but they are big compared to the emaciated Russian dancers.

  • malloyca

    ” I would really like to attend a performance of the Nutcracker, has anyone seen the Washington Ballet version?” Yes. We go every year. It is a great show. They are a talented ballet company and the production is a lot of fun.

    • BRP

      yes – it has a slightly community feel because they do include a lot of their students, but the professional dancers (the soloists, especially) are really incredible, technically speaking. their production has the nutcracker as George Washington and the mice are redcoats, which is really cute! do go if you can.

      • Anon

        I have to admit, the parts with the little kids remind me of my childhood ballet recitals. But most of the scenes have a professional feel.

  • anon&confused

    Echoing PoP to say that Miracle on 7th is well worth a visit. Also noteworthy is the Christmas crafts market/food/St Lucia at the House of Sweden (I think it’s this weekend). And the big Christmas tree from Norway in Union Station…

    • MadMax

      Are the lines for Miracle improved, now that it’s spread among 3 bars? There’s no way I would have waited 2 hours last year for a cocktail with some allspice in it.

      • Nathan

        Granted it was Monday night, but when I walked by this week there were just a few people outside around 6pm.

  • navyard

    Grab a copy of the Hill Rag and look at the calendar section. So many things to do.

    I like the
    decorations at Union Station
    Parade of Lights at SW Waterfront (do I have to start calling this “The Wharf” now?) (This weekend)
    Botanic Gardens – this year is supposed to be the best in years
    Brookside Gardens Walk of lights – fun to go every few years
    Mormon Temple live nativity scene.
    White House Trees (from 57 states and territories) on the Pathway.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Not seasonal but timely – took in “Moby Dick” at Arena and it is awesome! Review in today’s Post and elsewhere.

  • Victoria

    The U.S. Army Band performs a fun Holiday Concert at DAR Constitution Hall this weekend. The website says it’s sold out, but since it’s a military concert, anyone will be given access 15 minutes prior to start time with or without a ticket. ITS FREE and the set is gorgeous, the musicians are world class.

    Here’s a bit of last year’s concert:

    Visit http://www.usarmyband.com for times. Ignore the sold out part.

  • anon

    Zoo lights 🙂

  • CapitalDame

    I can’t believe that no one mentioned the pathway of peace and the national tree! Highly recommend!

  • Ella

    -The amazing Christmas lights display at the Bishop’s House at 1665 N Portal Dr NW, Washington, DC
    -Christmas Town in Williamsburg, VA
    -Zoo Lights in DC


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