A scene from ‚ÄėElf: the Musical.‚Äô (Photo courtesy the Kennedy Center)
Even if you‚Äôre fighting holiday ‚Äúcreep‚ÄĚ and don‚Äôt want to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving, it‚Äôs not too early to get tickets for your favorite holiday shows. Here are a few to consider.
A scene from Joffrey Ballet‚Äôs ‚ÄėThe Nutcracker.‚Äô (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 ‚ÄúThe Nutcracker‚ÄĚ 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 Hebraica‚Äôs presentation ‚ÄúThe Voice of the Clarinet in Jewish Classical Music: Alexander Fiterstein and Friends,‚ÄĚ 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, ‚ÄúNSO Pops: Happy Holidays! with Brian Stokes Mitchell‚ÄĚ brings Tony Award-winner Mitchell alongside the NSO Pops to perform a holiday medley Dec. 12-14. Tickets start from $20.
‚ÄúElf The Musical,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúEchoes of Thrace: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúFestival of Light‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúA Christmas Carol‚ÄĚ in various ways around the area.
MetroStage (1201 North Royal St., Alexandria, Va.) presents ‚ÄúA Broadway Christmas Carol‚ÄĚ Nov.21-Dec. 22. The show mixes the song parodies of Broadway show tunes with the classic Dickens‚Äôs story. Tickets are $50.
Ford‚Äôs Theatre‚Äôs production of ‚ÄėA Christmas Carol,‚Äô one of several adaptations of the Dickens‚Äô classic that will be on regional stages in December. (Photo courtesy Ford‚Äôs)
A one-man show of ¬†‚ÄúA Christmas Carol‚ÄĚ 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 Dickens‚Äô own words. Tickets range from $18-$36.
Ford‚Äôs Theatre presents ‚ÄúA Christmas Carol‚ÄĚ 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.‚Äôs largest mostly LGBT church, has its annual Christmas concert ‚ÄúA Homecoming Holiday‚ÄĚ Dec. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the church‚Äôs own groups Eclectic Praise, Joyful Strings, Moving Spirit as well as the church‚Äôs two choirs. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at mccdc.com.
D.C.‚Äôs Different Drummers has its ‚ÄúHoliday Prism Concert‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúThe Brian Setzer Orchestra ‚ÄėChristmas Rocks‚Äô 10th Anniversary Tour‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúWhat Christmas Means Tour 2013: A Holiday Experience‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúChristmas with the Celts‚ÄĚ featuring Laura McGhee and Michael Stribling on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. The Celts‚Äô Christmas show has been featured on PBS. Guests must be 21 and over. Tickets are $35.
Next, ‚ÄúMotown and More: A Holiday Celebration‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúAn Annapolis Christmas‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúChristmas Gift!‚ÄĚ 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 Ballet‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Nutcracker‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúA Matt Conner Christmas‚ÄĚ Dec. 11-15. Tickets are $48.60 and can be purchased at signature-theatre.org.
Signature‚Äôs annual holiday celebration returns with ‚ÄúHoliday Follies 2013,‚ÄĚa 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 University‚Äôs 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 Men‚Äôs Chorus of Washington presents ‚ÄúSparkle, Jingle, Joy‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúO Come, All Ye Faithful‚ÄĚ and new songs like ‚ÄúThe Christmas Can-Can.‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúHEATWAVE: Back to the Beach Holiday Celebration‚ÄĚ Dec. 5 from 7 p.m.-midnight. There will be musical performances from Ba‚ÄôNaka 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 ‚ÄúHymns of Christmas Tour‚ÄĚ with Margaret Becker on Dec. 11 at Jammin‚Äô 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 ‚ÄúJohn Waters Christmas‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúDave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúBSO: Holiday Cirque‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúHandel‚Äôs Messiah‚ÄĚ 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 doesn‚Äôt have any holiday productions planned but is gearing up for its performance of ‚ÄúIl Corsaro‚ÄĚ in March at the Lisner Auditorium. The classical music lover on your list would love tickets! Visit concertopera.org for details.