Holiday Shows 2017 in Washington DC

Live Theatrical Performances for the Holiday Season

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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 2017. 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 16-December 31, 2017. 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 5-31, 2017.  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 1-16, 2017. 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 14-31, 2017. 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 9-17, 2017. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University. This year's show will be a lively celebration with a  journey to Trois-Rivières, a charming town in southern Québec. Gather to celebrate the season with carols, wild dancing, and foot-stomping instrumentals, blending old French traditions with New World ingenuity. 

The SantaLand Diaries - December 7-23, 2017. Drafthouse Comedy Theater, 1100 13th St NW Washington, DC. The adult comedy tells the story of an unemployed writer in need of holiday cash trades his dignity for a pair of jingling shoes and takes a job as an elf at Macy’s in Manhattan.

Seasons of Light at the Discovery Theatre - December 1-21, 2017. 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 8-10, 2017. 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 at the Quigleys - December 8-17, 2017. NVCC, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. Encore Theatrical Arts Project produces the Broadway-style original holiday musical.  When a visitor from the North Pole stumbles across NYC's enchanted Quigley's Trinkets and Toys, the most spectacular things happen...Christmas at Quigley's is a glamorous and dazzling holiday song and dance musical appropriate for audiences of all ages.