Thursday, December 21
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker features over the top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets Nesting Dolls and gloriously handcrafted costumes that bring the Christmas spirit to life. George Mason University's Center for the Arts.
Bruno Mars at MGM National Harbor: Due to popular demand, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars has added two performance dates at The Theater at MGM National Harbor (Dec 20 & Dec 21)! The 24K Magic World Tour is the third concert tour by American singer Bruno Mars, to support his album 24K Magic.
Friday, December 22
Mani-thon for Hunger: Join EA Polish in the fight against hunger by polishing your nails with a $5 mani by the DMV's own, Erika of Color Me Pretty Beauty Bar from 4-8 p.m.! All proceeds collected will go towards the Party for Hunger initiative by the Capital Area Food Bank. There will also be a cash bar with a specialty cocktail, food, various pop-up shops and a chill atmosphere. (100 Florida Avenue Northeast -- Femme Fatale Pop Up Shop)
Last Weekend for the Downtown Holiday Market: Celebrating its thirteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region. The Downtown Holiday Market is located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW. Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.
Les Misérables at the National Theater: Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. (The musical will be at the National Theater from Dec 20 - Jan 7)
Saturday, December 23
Last Day for Alexandria's Holiday Market: Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the Carlyle District into a lively open-air Festival. While shopping for unique art and craft items for your loved ones, enjoy live entertainment, traditional food and sweets, hot wine, and hot cocoa.
Step Afrika!'s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show: Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town! This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! And special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman. Over the last six years, this internationally-renowned percussive dance company has created a contemporary holiday tradition at the Atlas, featuring friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops, and even a dance party. (1333 H St NE. Washington, DC 20002)
Miss Tess & The Talkbacks at Pearl Street Warehouse: Miss Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. Miss Tess & The Talkbacks will take the stage at Pearl Street Warehouse on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Water-Skiing Santa: Now in its 32nd year, this favorite DC-area Christmas Eve tradition comes to Old Town Alexandria for the fourth time. Gather at Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront for a spectacular show by the Waterskiing Santa and his wakeboarding reindeer, plus flying elves, the Grinch and his friends, Frosty the Snowman and Jack Frost. Prime viewing area is along the waterfront between King Street and Oronoco Street, which includes Founders Park and the Alexandria City Marina. (1 p.m.; Pre-show at 12:45 p.m.)
The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Christmas with Choral Arts at the Kennedy Center: Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to join the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an evening of enchanting Christmas music that will fill you with the joy of the season. This performance features holiday carols, seasonal classics, and sing-alongs for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets start at $15.