Holiday Shows 2016 in Washington DC

Live Theatrical Performances for the Holiday Season

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
••• Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. © National Theatre

Washington DC celebrates the season with a wonderful lineup of holiday shows and live entertainment. Following is the performance schedule for 2016. Tickets may sell out fast so plan ahead and reserve your seats early.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - December 13 – 31, 2016. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington Dc. Celebrate the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage.

Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” the Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. 

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 17-December 31, 2016. 511 Tenth St, NW, Washington, DC. Washington DC's historic theater presents a new production that reinvigorates the timeless tale. 
  • Kennedy Center - Second City's Twist Your Dickens - December 9-31, 2016.  2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC.  The legendary comedy troupe brings its improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to create a parody on  "the night before Christmas."
  • Little Theatre of Alexandria - December 2-17, 2016. 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.
  • Keegan Theatre - AN IRISH CAROL – December 17-31, 2016. 1529 16th Street NW Washington DC. Set in a modern Dublin pub, An Irish Carol is an homage to Dickens’ classic — told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright. The play, both comic and touching, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. An Irish Carol is a modern fable,

    The Nutcracker
    Various Dates. 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 10-18, 2016. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University. This year's show will be a lively celebration with the theme "A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice in Music, Dance & Drama".  Gather to celebrate the season with haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, mysterious folk legends, and joyful carols from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Tickets: $12-$60.

    Miss Bennett - Christmas at Pemberley
    November 23-Dece3mber 18, 2016.  Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD. Set two years after the iconic Pride & PrejudiceMiss Bennet follows your favorite characters as they gather at Pemberley, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. But this holiday, all eyes are on Mary Bennet, who has come into her own as a confident woman with curiosity, wit, and talent…and perhaps even a love story. 

    Seasons of Light at the Discovery Theatre
    November 30-December 20, 2016.

    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. Tickets: $6-8.

    The Living Christmas Tree
    December 9-11, 2016. 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.

    Christmas Undercover
    December 9-18, 2016. NVCC, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. Encore Theatrical Arts Project produces the Broadway-style original holiday musical.

     In New York City, the elves are not quietly sitting on shelves…and one undercover elf’s first assignment yields a surprising result. Marzipan embarks on a quest encountering a colorful cast of characters that will charm and delight…but can they get to the North Pole in time to right the wrongs and save the day? Tickets: $19-25.

    Oy Vey in a Manger
    December 20-28, 2016. Theater J, Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW Washington DC. Chicks with schticks (Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina) try to sell off their manger—yes, that manger—before it’s foreclosed. Secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and a raunchy good time is had by all. Tickets: $27-52.

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

    and Winter Theater in Washington DC