A scene from âElf: the Musical.â (Photo courtesy the Kennedy Center)
Even if youâre fighting holiday âcreepâ and donât want to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving, itâs not too early to get tickets for your favorite holiday shows. Here are a few to consider.
A scene from Joffrey Balletâs âThe Nutcracker.â (Photo courtesy the Kennedy Center)
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) brings numerous holiday-themed performances throughout November and December. First, The Joffrey Ballet presents âThe Nutcrackerâ Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in the Opera House. The holiday favorite includes a live orchestra, Victorian America scenery and costumes to accompany the dance. Tickets start from $29.
The Kennedy Center hosts Pro Musica Hebraicaâs presentation âThe Voice of the Clarinet in Jewish Classical Music: Alexander Fiterstein and Friends,â a Hanukkah concert that highlights the clarinet in Jewish art music, in the Terrace Theater on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start from $38.
Also at the Kennedy Center, âNSO Pops: Happy Holidays! with Brian Stokes Mitchellâ brings Tony Award-winner Mitchell alongside the NSO Pops to perform a holiday medley Dec. 12-14. Tickets start from $20.
âElf The Musical,â the stage musical born from the popular Hollywood film, runs Dec. 17- Jan. 5. in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center. The story follows an orphaned man raised by Santa Claus and elves on his journey to reconnect with his biological father in New York City. Tickets start from $60. Visit kennedy-center.org for details.
The 31st annual Christmas Revels present âEchoes of Thrace: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey,â a blend of seasonal carols and Slavonic harmonies with traditional folk characters, at the George Washington Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.) Dec. 7-15. Tickets range from $27-$50.
Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu brings his âFestival of Lightâ Hanukkah celebration to the 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.
Experience the classic Christmas tale âA Christmas Carolâ in various ways around the area.
MetroStage (1201 North Royal St., Alexandria, Va.) presents âA Broadway Christmas Carolâ Nov.21-Dec. 22. The show mixes the song parodies of Broadway show tunes with the classic Dickensâs story. Tickets are $50.
Fordâs Theatreâs production of âA Christmas Carol,â one of several adaptations of the Dickensâ classic that will be on regional stages in December. (Photo courtesy Fordâs)
A one-man show of Â âA Christmas Carolâ plays Nov. 29-Dec. 29 at Olney Theatre Center (2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md.). The holiday favorite stars Paul Morella performing the tale in Charles Dickensâ own words. Tickets range from $18-$36.
Fordâs Theatre presents âA Christmas Carolâ through Jan 1. The production stars Washington stage actor Edward Gero as Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets range from $40.80-$99.60.
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge Street, N.W.), D.C.âs largest mostly LGBT church, has its annual Christmas concert âA Homecoming Holidayâ Dec. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the churchâs own groups Eclectic Praise, Joyful Strings, Moving Spirit as well as the churchâs two choirs. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at mccdc.com.
D.C.âs Different Drummers has its âHoliday Prism Concertâ featuring D.C. Swing! And the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band on Dec. 15. Tickets are $20 for aduots, $10 for seniors and free for children 12 and under. No further information is available now, but visit dcdd.org closer to the date for details.
The Birchmere and AM Productions team up to present âThe Brian Setzer Orchestra âChristmas Rocksâ 10th Anniversary Tourâ at The Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
On Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., The Birchmere also presents âWhat Christmas Means Tour 2013: A Holiday Experienceâ with JEM & Friends with special guests Patti LaBelle and Ron Isley at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St., N.W.). Tickets can be purchased on ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
Rams Head On Stage (33 West St., Annapolis, Md.) presents many diverse holiday shows. First, enjoy the Scottish/Irish traditional instrumental and vocal styles during âChristmas with the Celtsâ featuring Laura McGhee and Michael Stribling on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. The Celtsâ Christmas show has been featured on PBS. Guests must be 21 and over. Tickets are $35.
Next, âMotown and More: A Holiday Celebrationâ on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. showcases classic Motown tunes from singers such as The Temptations and The Supremes along with holiday favorites. Guests must be 21 and over. Tickets are $25.
Also, the 15th annual âAn Annapolis Christmasâ performance is Dec.16-17 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a mix of original and holiday songs performed by an array of local artists. Guests must be 21 and over. Tickets are $32.50.
âChristmas Gift!â runs at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Md.) Dec.13-14. The musical tells the story of the holiday gift exchange tradition in the African-American community. Tickets range from $10-$35. Purchase tickets at claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
The Washington Balletâs âThe Nutcrackerâ plays at The Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) Dec. 5-14. Tickets range from $42-$107. Purchase tickets at warnertheatredc.com.
Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) presents a couple Christmas-themed performances. Pianist/composer Matt Conner and his friends perform favorite Christmas tunes in âA Matt Conner Christmasâ Dec. 11-15. Tickets are $48.60 and can be purchased at signature-theatre.org.
Signatureâs annual holiday celebration returns with âHoliday Follies 2013,âa Christmas concert featuring special guest performers, Dec. 17-23. Performers include Madeline Botteri and Austin Colby. Tickets are $48.60 and can be purchased at signature-theatre.org.
Coyaba Dance Theater holds its annual Kwanzaa celebration at George Washington Universityâs Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre (800 21st St., N.W.) Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing and singing in a performance for all ages. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased online at coyabadancetheater.org.
The Gay Menâs Chorus of Washington presents âSparkle, Jingle, Joyâ at the Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., N.E.) Dec. 20-21. The performance features Grammy Award winner Matt Alber. Celebrate the holidays with classic holiday carols like âO Come, All Ye Faithfulâ and new songs like âThe Christmas Can-Can.â Tickets are $54 and can be purchased at tickets.gmcw.org.
Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) presents its free annual holiday sing-a-long on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. Choir and vocal groups from across the D.C. area will lead a sing along of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. There is also a performance by the United States Marine Band. Voluntary donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted at the entrance. Wolf Trap gift certificates or an annual membership also make great gift ideas! Visit wolftrap.org for the current schedule.
Town (20009 8th St., N.W.) presents âHEATWAVE: Back to the Beach Holiday Celebrationâ Dec. 5 from 7 p.m.-midnight. There will be musical performances from BaâNaka and the cast from Town. Music and dancing provided by DJ Chord Bezerra. There will also be a best male and female holiday swimwear contest, drink specials, games and prizes and an underwear fashion show presented by Universal gear. Tickets are $10.
Lesbian gospel singer Jennifer Knapp returns to the region this year with her âHymns of Christmas Tourâ with Margaret Becker on Dec. 11 at Jamminâ Java (227 Maple Ave. E Vienna, Va.) at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $18. Visit jamminjava.com for tickets.
Gay film director John Waters returns to the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) again this year for his âJohn Waters Christmasâ on Dec. 18. Tickets are $49.50 for the 7:30 p.m. show. Visit birchmere.com for tickets.
Out saxophonist Dave Koz brings his âDave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013â to the Modell Performing Arts Center (The Lyric) in Baltimore (140 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore) on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. Oleta Adams, Jonathan Butler and Keiko Matsui will also appear. Prices vary and a VIP package is available. Visit davekoz.com or Ticketmaster.com for details.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs âBSO: Holiday Cirqueâ at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.) on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Listen to holiday favorites while watching a circus performance by Cirque Musica featuring strongmen, acrobats and contortionists. Tickets range from $31-86 and can be purchased at strathmore.org.
Also at the Music Center at Strathmore, the National Philharmonic performs âHandelâs Messiahâ Dec. 14-15. Messiah is one of the most frequently performed works in Western choral literature. A free pre-concert lecture will be held before each performance. Kids ages 7-17 are free. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased at strathmore.org.
Washington Concert Opera doesnât have any holiday productions planned but is gearing up for its performance of âIl Corsaroâ in March at the Lisner Auditorium. The classical music lover on your list would love tickets! Visit concertopera.org for details.