Holiday Concerts in Washington D.C., MD and VA

Music of the Holiday Season Around the Capital Region

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Following is a schedule of holiday concerts in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Get tickets for a variety of musical performances including Christmas classics, sing-alongs, Hanukkah songs and much more.

Concerts in Washington D.C.

  • Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden - December 2017, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. National Mall, Washington, D.C. Free musical performances amidst the unique holiday exhibit.
  • Washington National Cathedral - December 1-3, 2017. 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 537-2228. Enjoy the masterpiece of Handel’s Messiah, The Holiday classic is performed by the Baroque–period orchestra and guest soloists joining the Cathedral’s combined boy, girl and men’s choirs. Tickets: $25-$95.
  • The Washington Revels - December 9-17, 2017. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University. Take an enchanting journey to a charming Québec village and revel in the winter holidays—le temps des Fêtes! Our energetic celebration features joyous carols, toe-tapping dances, and foot-stomping instrumentals, blending old French traditions with New World ingenuity. Be prepared for a mysterious bargain, a ride in a flying canoe, thrilling tales, and more! Tickets: $12-$60.
  • NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! featuring Megan Hilty - December 8-9, 2017. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 467-4600. Capture the spirit of the season with this NSO holiday concert, featuring holiday music in diverse styles. Tickets: $24-$99.
  • Trans Siberian Orchestra - December 14, 2017. Capital One Arena, Washington D.C. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a rock orchestra that incorporates progressive rock, symphonic metal, and heavy metal, with influences from classical music. They are known for their elaborate concerts, particularly their unique renditions of traditional Christmas songs, complete with a full light show and pyrotechnics. Tickets: $54 and up. 
  • USAF Band Spirit of the Season - December 9, 2017, 3 and 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th Street NW and D Street NW Washington, D.C. Enjoy seasonal tunes performed by the United States Air Force Band. Free, tickets are required. Pick up tickets at the Pentagon, Joint Base Anacostia-Boiling Visitor Center, Joint Base Andrews Visitor Center or Air Force Memorial Office.
  • Washington Chorus - A Candlelight Christmas - December 10-22, 2017. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Traditional carols, sing a-longs, new settings and arrangements of seasonal favorites – some by Julian Wachner – are all combined in the trademark mix that is a signature of the Washington yuletide season. Tickets: $18-72.
  • Capital City Symphony Community Carol Sing Concert - December 10, 2017. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. Presented with the Congressional Chorus, the American Youth Chorus, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Tickets: 12-20.
  • HOT 99.5’s Jingle Ball - December 11, 2017, 7 p.m. Capital One Arena, Washington D.C. The star-studded lineup features: Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Logic, Halsey, Zedd, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels, and Why Don't We.
  • Free Concerts at the Willard Hotel - Throughout December 2017, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. Enjoy holiday music from top choral and musical ensembles from around the Washington, DC Metro area. Performances take place nightly in the lobby. 
  • National Gallery of Art - Throughout December 2017. 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Celebrate the holiday season with free programs that include caroling, concerts, gallery talks, and more.
  • National Symphony Orchestra's Handel's Messiah - December 14-17, 2017. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 467-4600 Enjoy a concert of favorite holiday music. Tickets: $15-$89.
  • Washington National Cathedral: Joy of Christmas - December 16-17, 2017. 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 537-5527. This festive holiday concert includes favorite carol sing-alongs of tunes such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come All Ye Faithful. Tickets: $15-$89.

Concerts in Maryland

  • Music Center at Strathmore - Throughout December. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland. Performances include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Handel's Messiah, Strathmore Children's Chorus, Manheim Steamroller Christmas and many more. 
  • AMP by Strathmore - Throughout December.  Pike and Rose, N. Bethesda, MD. An A Cappella Holiday with the Capital Hearings,  With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to modern hits, this dynamic Washington, DC ensemble will make spirits bright with a festive, family-friendly program of beloved carols, smooth vocal jazz, and sparkling contemporary arrangements.
  • Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supperclub -  Throughout December. 7719 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, MD. Performances include a variety of jazz and soulful holiday tunes. 
  • USNA Messiah Concerts  - December 1-2, 2017. USNA Chapel, 108 Blake Road Annapolis, MD. The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club joins with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel’s Messiah.
  • Gaithersburg Community Chorus Holiday Concert - December 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 S. Frederick Ave. Saturday at  Rosborough Theatre at Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD. The chorus will perform a variety of holiday favorites. The Gaithersburg High School Chamber Singers will sing an opening set during the December 9 performance.
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts - Throughout December. 12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD. The arts center hosts a variety of holiday performances. 
  • Rockville Chorus - December 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville, Maryland. Free, no tickets required.

Concerts in Northern Virginia

  • Wolf Trap National Park Holiday Sing-A-Long  - December 2, 2017, 4 p.m. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA (703) 255-1900. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Sing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with the United States Marine Band vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. The audience is invited to bring candles to light during the last verse of "Silent Night," the final song of the program. There is also a 'Jing-A-Long' during the singing of Jingle Bells, so bring a bell along with your candle. Admission is free and no tickets are required.
  • Loudoun Symphony Holiday Concert - December 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. The Community Church, 19790 Ashburn Rd, Ashburn, VA. Concert features music of the season with Washington Soloist Ensemble, special guests soprano Amy Lynn Murray and pianist Claire Dantzlerward.
  • George Mason University Holiday Concerts - Throughout December. Center for the Arts at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA (703) 993-8888. Enjoy a variety of seasonal performances.
  • Alexandria Singers - December 8-9, 2017. Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane Alexandria, VA. (703) 941-SING (7464). A family-friendly performance, following a colorful and whimsical storyline featuring favorite music of the holiday season.