The Keegan Theatre’s PLAY-RAH-KA will present the children’s classic, The Elves and the Shoemaker, written by Kristin Walter & directed by Alexis J. Hartwick, December 22-30. The show will feature Jake Null, Maggie Leigh Walker, Emily Dwornik, Duane Richards, Joe Baker and Debora Crabbe.
The story is about a lone shoemaker who makes shoes that are miserably uncomfortable, his daughter, and two elves who create fabulous shoes for the family. But all the money in the world doesn’t necessarily buy happiness. Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA is the educational and family-focused arm of The Keegan Theatre.
The Main Hall of Union Station in D.C, will be the site of a holiday celebration with performances by local artists, the annual Norwegian Christmas tree lighting, and an appearance by Santa Claus on November 29. There will also be a simulcast of Yo-Yo Ma’s performance of J.S. Bach’s complete cello suites live from the National Cathedral, presented by Washington Performing Arts in memory of Isaac Stern. The event will be presented by a consortium of partners including the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce—Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Bach Project, and Union Station.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host its annual Native Art Marketon December 1 & 2. The market will feture works from 35 Native artists, including silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints and sculpture—by some of the finest Native American artists from across the hemisphere.
The National Zoo will display ZooLights - powered by Pepco – November 23-January 1, except for December 24, 25 & 31. The free event, includes live music, winter treats and opportunities for holiday shopping. More than a half-million environmentally-friendly LED lights will transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Please note: ZooLights is free and open to the public - even during special event nights!
The National Zoo will present BrewLights at ZooLights on November 29. Guests “can enjoy beer tastings from dozens of breweries and sample complimentary snacks, all under the bright lights of D.C.'s favorite holiday tradition.
All proceeds support the critical work of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute—including species preservation and animal care.”
The U.S. Botanic Garden will display their annual Season’s Greenings: All Aboard, November 22-January 1, 2019.Visitors can “explore America by train as the annual holiday event showcases historic railroad stations across the country. In the model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic depots from across the U.S. There will be thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly-developed poinsettia varieties. The Garden’s collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, including a new addition to be unveiled this fall.
Image below: A view of a previous Season's Greenings show.
St. Albans School Christmas House Tour & Boutiques
St. Albans School will present the annual Christmas House Tour & Boutiques on December 1. The walkable tour will feature three beautiful homes in the historic Kalorama neighborhood. There will be Gift Boutiques & a Holiday Luncheon at the Cafritz Refectory at St. Albans School.
Tudor Place will present Tudor Lights, Garden Lights, Festive Night on December 6.Visitors can “stroll the historic landscape to see it twinkling with holiday lights - an illuminating new way to enjoy the season. There will be themed festive decorations and installations indoors. In the Dower House, visitors can sip, savor and socialize over hors d’oeuvres, seasonal confections, cocktails and other libations.The event is for ages 21+.
Image below: A view of a previous Tudor Lights, Garden Lights, Festive Night
Tudor Place will present Deck the Halls: A Family at Christmas on December 1. "Enjoy an interactive open house, send cheer to a servicemember, join carolers in song, make a festive stocking ornament, and sample sweets from 100 years ago."
The program is appropriate for families with children of all ages. Adults without children are invited to evening Candlelight Tours and Holiday Tea. Image below: A view of a previous Deck the Halls.
Ford's Theatre is presenting Charles Dickens's A Chistmas Carol, thru December 30.The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption in this music-infused production. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace has returned to play Ebenezer Scrooge.
The 2018–2019 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will begin November 16 and continue through March 10, weather permitting.The Rink is located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, where it attracts thousands of visitors each year. To celebrate the beginning of the skating season, visitors who purchase skating time from Friday November 16 through Sunday November 18 will receive a coupon from Guest Services Inc. for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate from the Pavilion Café on those dates.
Image below: A night-time view of the Skating Rink
The Second Annual Light Up The SeasonEvent to Benefit Children's Nationalwill take place at Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown on December 16. The family-friendly community fundraising event is co-hosted by Children’s Health Board and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. Twenty-three artists from DC, Maryland and Virginia will create holiday trees, mantelpieces, wreaths, menorahs and artwork – all available for purchase. There will be activities for all ages, including holiday cookie decorating, ornament-making, musical performances and visits from Santa and Dr. Bear. Entertainment expert Penny Lyons of Lyonslifestyle will offer an exclusive presentation focused on her “making the ordinary extraordinary” approach to entertaining at home. April McClain-Delaney, regulatory attorney and Washington Director of Common Sense Media, will serve as the event’s Honorary Chair.
Image below: A view of the 2017 Light Up the Season event.
MetroCooking DC 2018 - The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show - will take place at the Walter E.Washington Convention Center, December 1 & 2. The show has been called“the ultimate culinary extravaganza, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts! Consumers come to shop, sip and sample at a weekend of gourmet discovery! MetroCooking DC features a variety of parallel activities including: Celebrity Cooking Demos, Taste Talks, Cooking Classes, Tasting events, & shopping from over 200+ specialty food and beverage exhibitors!”
Heurich House – the historic home near Dupont Circle - will present Christkindlmarkt, November 30-December 7. The annual event welcomes the public to celebrate the winter season - as it honors the Heurich family’s German heritage by recreating a traditional German public Christmas marketin its garden. The holiday market features goods from over 40 local artisans, including jewelers, ceramicists, chocolatiers, makers of housewares, and more. Guests can visit the market and tour the seasonally-decorated historic house.
The Washington Winter Antique Show – themed Elegant Entertaining - will take place at The Katzen Arts Center at American University on January 11-13. The event will feature more than 40 outstanding dealers, celebrity guests, dealer talks & special events, plus a jazz night celebration. George Washington's Mount Vernon will lend an exhibit titled Elegant Entertaining with George and Martha Washington.