Friday, December 7
Cirque du Soleil's Crystal: Crystal, Cirque du Soleil's first ice show, hit the rink at Capital One Arena on December 5, and is only in town through Sunday, December 9. The show combines all of Cirque du Soleil's usual death-defying stunts, but the entire show is performed on ice, making the stunts seem even more dangerous. The show is suitable for all ages, with enough comedy to satisfy kids, but enough action to keep the adults watching with bated breath. Two shows run on Friday at 4 and 7:30 p.m., three on Saturday at 12:30, 4 and 7:30 and the show wraps up on Sunday at 12:30 and 4. Tickets start at $86.
Winter in Washington: Winter is coming... to CityCenterDC this weekend! More than 50,000 pounds of ice will be used to create a stunning snowscape of D.C.'s most memorable monuments, soaring to 12 feet tall. And of course you can't miss (literally) one of the city's largest trees, standing at 75 feet tall. Free to attend.
Saturday, December 8
Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Lakshmi Kanter is teaching. Free to attend.
Winterfest: Wunder Garten in partnership with NoMa Business Improvement District, is excited to announce the return of Winterfest, a weeks-long holiday market and tree lot. Through Sunday, December 16, the beer garden will light up like a Christmas tree and transform into a winter wonderland perfect for shopping for gifts and decorations while reveling in warm cocktails, food from local restaurants, and live music.Getting in the holiday spirit, Wunder Garten will roll out a new menu of warming libations including winter beers from local breweries, spiked hot cider, Irish coffee, and peppermint schnapps hot chocolate. Free to attend.
Level Up: D.C.'s newest hotel Moxy D.C. has partnered with House of Sonique to throw "The Garden Ball: Level Up" -- a drag ball featuring Butterknife Decadence and Mr. Ms. Chrysalis. Competitors will face off in four categories: face, OTA performance, runway and best dressed. And once the queens have cleared the stage, get ready to dance your face off with a dance party until midnight. As the invitation says... this is not a night to play it safe or to follow fashion trends -- set them instead! Tickets start at $10.
Fashion Santa: We've all heard the song and we know the lyrics by heart: "He's making a list. He's checking it twice; He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice." Well, for one night only, we've got a new Santa in town and he's here to find out who's fashionable and charitable! Join model Paul Mason -- a.k.a “Fashion Santa" -- at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown for fireside s'mores, District Winery wine and a hot chocolate bar. Guests are asked to donate $10 to the Children’s National “Light Up Dr. Bear” campaign.
Sunday, December 9
Love, Factually: Cue the cue cards and carols! From the twisted minds at The Second City comes this fast-paced romp that mingles the classic movie’s most beloved (and despised) characters and moments in an original take sure to warm your icy heart. Love, Factually is a holiday satire that blasts the December holiday time of life and love. After experiencing this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation, we’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that funny actually is all around. This performance is recommended for age 16 and up. Tickets start at $59.