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Holiday Shows 2013 in Washington DC

Live Theatrical Performances for the Holiday Season



Ford's Theatre - "A Christmas Carol"

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Washington DC celebrates the season with a wonderful lineup of holiday shows and live entertainment. Following is the performance schedule for 2013. Tickets may sell out fast so plan ahead and reserve your seats early.

A Christmas Carol
Explore the magic and wonder of the story of Scrooge and the progression to Christmas past, present, and future! The Charles Dickens' classic tale is being performed at the following venues:

  • Ford’s Theatre - November 21, 2013-January 1, 2014. 511 Tenth St, NW, Washington, DC. Washington DC's historic theater presents a new production that reinvigorates the timeless tale. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

  • MetroStage - November 21-December 22, 2013.1201 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA (703) 548-9044. "A Broadway Christmas Carol“ is a cross between the classic Dickens’ tale and uproarious song parodies of 33 Broadway show tune favorites by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and many more.

  • Little Theatre of Alexandria - December 5-22, 2013. 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA (703) 683-0496. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim, The Christmas Carol is a must for the entire family.

  • Olney Theatre Center - December 1-29, 2013. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. Olney, MD. (301) 924-3400. Paul Morella brings his unique and memorable solo performance in a rendition of this an integral part of Christmas tradition and folklore.
  • Keegan Theatre - December 13-29, 2013, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. 1742 Church St. NW Washington, DC. An Irish Carol puts a modern twist on the Dickens classic tale with the biting humor of its Irish playwright.
  • Gallaudet University - November 29 - December 22, 2013. Elstad Auditorium, 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC. A Commedia Christmas Carol, presented by Faction of Fools Theatre Company, is a modern retelling of the Dickens holiday classic with masks, acrobatics, humbug, and holiday cheer. Tickets: $25.

Elf - The Musical
December 17, 2013-January 5, 2014. Kennedy Center, 2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC. One of Hollywood's most beloved holiday hits is born again--on stage! Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who leaves the North Pole to find his true identity. This modern Christmas classic will make everyone embrace their inner elf.

The Nutcracker
The classic holiday ballet is performed at a variety of venues in the Washington DC Area. Take the whole family to marvel over Clara’s Christmas fantasy when the wooden toy soldier comes alive and takes her on a magical tour of wonderful holiday adventures. Venues range from dance studios to professional theaters.

The Washington Revels
December 7-8, 13-15, 2013. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University. The annual Christmas Revels visits the cultures and countries of ancient Thrace, featuring the spirited dances of the Balkan mountains, the dulcet notes of the Grecian shores, thrilling melodies of Bulgaria and Turkey, and the distant echoes of Thrace that reached into neighboring regions. Tickets: $12-$45. (800) 595-4849.

The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me
Dec. 14–22, 2013, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F. St. NW, Washington DC. Recommended for ages 6 and up.  The award-winning children's book comes to life in a world premiere production. As the world's first Christmas nears, an angel is conducting an important interview: who among all the animals can lead Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem? Will it be Lion, fearsome ruler of the jungle? Or might it be Unicorn, graceful steed to lovely maidens? Donkey soon discovers that miracles can happen anywhere.

December 6-22, 2013. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD (301) 258-6394. This engaging Montgomery Playhouse production will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Seasons of Light at the Discovery Theatre
December 2-20, 2013. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC. This seasonal favorite at the Smithsonian’s children’s theater celebrates the warmth of many holidays filled with light. Learn the history and customs of Devali, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Christmas, and the First Nations tradition of the Winter Solstice.

The Living Christmas Tree
December 13-15, 2013 Dates to Be Announced. Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD. This unique annual performance features a 30-foot-tall steel structure that holds an 80-person choir. The family-friendly show inspires the celebration of Christmas through musical performances and dramatic scenes. Tickets: $10-12.

The Twelve Days of Christmas
November 15 – December 30, 2013. Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD. Christmas celebrations are just around the corner and Shirley the Partridge has got some problems to solve! The French Hens are arguing, the six geese have flown to Florida for the winter and worst of all…someone has stolen the Five Golden Rings! What will happen to Christmas?

Christmas Celebration 2013
December 7-22, 2013. Evangel Multimedia and Arts Center, 13901 Central Avenue Upper Marlboro, MD. The holiday spectacular will feature the Gospel Greats Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, Fred Hammond, The Winan’s Brothers (BeBe, Marvin, and Carvin) and Ledisi. There is a cast of over 200 and live animals a laser light show, other amazing spectacular events and brand new scenes.

Frosty Follies
November 29-December 21, 2013. Various destinations. The free holiday show includes a live jazz performance from Metropolitan School of the Arts dancers, interactive song and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls.

Christmas Cabin of Carnaween
December 6-22, 2013. Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue,    Falls Church, VA. The Irish Christmas folktale is set in the time of the great potato famine, it follows the journey of Oona Hegarty, a tinker’s child, who yearns to one day have a cabin of her own.  Her wish would go unfulfilled were in not for the intervention of the wee folk who come to her aid one snowy Christmas Even on a hillside in Carnaween. Tickets: Adults $18, Students/Seniors $15.

Switching Christmas
December 13-22, 2013.  Presented by the Encore Theatrical Arts Project. Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA. The Broadway-style show tells the story of a precocious young girl who switches places with a perky and playful elf.  All kinds of chaos ensue as New Yorkers and North Pole elves alike race to put everything back as it belongs before Santa’s late night flight! Switching Christmas is a story of humor and heart that will appeal to audiences of all ages. Tickets: $18-22.

See also, Holiday Concerts in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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