A festive guide to 5 of the DMV’s best holiday shows

A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. Photo by Titus Ogilvie-Laing

As we approach the holiday season, the nation’s capital is brimming with festive cheer and a host of shows that promise to make your holidays nothing short of magical. From theatrical performances and concerts to acrobatic spectacles, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are five not-to-be-missed events to consider:

A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre

Charles Dickens’ classic tale of transformation and redemption comes to life at Ford’s Theatre’s music-infused production of A Christmas Carol. Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and experiences a heartwarming change of heart. This timeless story will enchant audiences with its message of selfless giving, delivered by an exceptionally talented cast. A Christmas Carol runs now through Dec. 31.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Twas The Night Before at The Hippodrome Theatre

Experience the magic of the holiday season like never before with Cirque du Soleil’s “‘Twas The Night Before” at The Hippodrome Theatre. This spectacular production combines Cirque du Soleil’s world-renowned acrobatics and mesmerizing storytelling with the timeless charm of the beloved holiday poem. “‘Twas The Night Before” runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 3.

Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center

Experience the majesty of Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center. This annual tradition features Laurence Equilbey making her much-anticipated debut conducting the NSO, the University of Maryland Concert Choir, and an all-star lineup of soloists performing one of the most beloved holiday works. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a musical celebration that’s sure to leave you inspired. Handel’s Messiah runs Dec. 14 though 17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve at Capital One Arena

Get ready for a rockin’ holiday celebration with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve. This extraordinary concert combines the power of rock music with the grandeur of classical and the spirit of holiday tunes, creating an unforgettable festive experience. Immerse yourself in a unique blend of music, storytelling, and stunning visual effects that make the Trans-Siberian Orchestra one of the most acclaimed groups worldwide. The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve will take place on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at MGM National Harbor

Step into a magical winter wonderland with Cirque Dreams Holidaze at MGM National Harbor. This spellbinding holiday performance brings together over 30 world-class artists who dazzle with breathtaking acrobatics, stunning costumes, and impressive theatricality. Each scene is an unforgettable spectacle, transforming the stage into a vibrant dreamscape filled with holiday cheer. Cirque Dreams Holidaze runs Dec. 15 through Dec. 17.

These popular shows tend to sell out quickly, so remember to book your tickets early.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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