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What to See this Holiday Season in D.C.

December 5, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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Looking for a special something to celebrate the holidays? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks of what to see in D.C. this holiday season.

The Nutcracker

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Washington Ballet, December 1 – December 24

This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Get The Nutcracker tickets here.

The Second Shepherd’s Play

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Folger Theatre, November 27 – December 21

This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Get The Second Shepherd’s Play tickets here.

Black Nativity

Theater Alliance, November 23 – December 31

Langston Hughes’ “Gospel Song-Play” chronicles and celebrates the birth of Jesus and the unique cultural identity and heritage of Black Americans. This joyous musical compels us to look inward and find the wonder in life. Get Black Nativity tickets here.


Arena Stage, October 28 – December 24

Molly Smith reunites with both Nicholas Rodriguez and E. Faye Butler for the first time since 2011’s Oklahoma! in this epic production bursting with classic songs like “June Is Bustin’ Out all Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Get Carousel tickets here.

The Secret Garden

Shakespeare Theatre Company, November 15 – December 31

Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon’s Drama Desk and Tony Award®-winning musical based on the beloved children’s book, The Secret Garden is a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of the child’s imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Get The Secret Garden tickets here.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Adventure Theatre Company, December 2 – December 31

A snowy, holiday classic of the beloved C.S. Lewis book featuring just a two-person cast!

Seasonal Disorder

Seasonal Disorder

Washington Improv Theater 

Washington Improv Theater’s holiday comedy grab bag, Seasonal Disorder, features everything from chilling murder mysteries to holiday themed comedy. Line-ups vary nightly so you’re always in for a new surprise. Get Seasonal Disorder tickets here.

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