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The Nutcracker Nov 28 - Dec 30, 2014  
The Puppet Co. The Nutcracker
A Washington tradition for 26 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production.
The Great One-Man Commedia Epic Nov 28 - Dec 20, 2014  
Faction of Fools Theatre Company at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop The Great One-Man Commedia Epic
One Actor. Twelve Characters. 1000 Catastrophes. In this comic tour de farce, a single actor brings to life an entire town of squabbling parents, dim-witted servants, and young lovers whose wedding plans are ruined until love prevails and comedy triumphs. Premiered in Italy and performed in London and New York City, THE GREAT ONE-MAN COMMEDIA EPIC receives it's first extended run in DC at CHAW this holiday season.
A Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Dec 28, 2014  
Olney Theatre Center A Christmas Carol
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance.This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see.
A Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 23, 2014  
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ delightful holiday tale of redemption warms the heart with a Charm City twist. Our adaptation is set in Baltimore’s 19th-century business district. Miserly Scrooge will learn the true meaning of Christmas through his visits with Baltimore ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Make A Christmas Carol your new Baltimore family tradition! Adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar.
Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Nov 29 - Dec 28, 2014  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Just in time for the holidays, Barbara Park's beloved creation Junie B. Jones comes to life courtesy of The Fun Company in this adaptation of the best-selling children's books. In Junie B. Jones' world, things are very simple. Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome, and May is a blabbermouth tattletale. Things are going well, until Junie B. pulls May as her Secret Santa! With the Real Santa watching her like a hawk, what will Junie B. do? No matter which holiday you celebrate at home, everyone can learn a lesson from Junie B. about the real meaning behind a celebration.
Seasons of Light Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2014  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Seasons of Light
Joy, warmth, and community illuminate seasonal holiday celebrations the world over. Back for its 16th season, this signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of Ramadan, Devali, Sankta Lucia, Chanukah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice in an interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. This show sells out early, so get your tickets now!
Donny and Marie: Christmas at the National Dec 2 - Dec 7, 2014  
The National Theatre Donny and Marie: Christmas at the National
In the holiday tradition of the "Osmond Family Christmas" television specials, the legendary Donny and Marie invite families to celebrate the spirit of the season with them in true Osmond fashion. With a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, Donny & Marie: Christmas at the National features Christmas songs and cheer plus hits from their illustrious careers all mixed with their irresistible chemistry that made them international stars. This wildly popular Christmas blockbuster has been seen by more than 125,000 fans across the country and on Broadway, where Entertainment Weekly raved: "INSANELY ENTERTAINING. A song and dance spectacular."
The Tempest Dec 2 - Jan 11, 2015  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall The Tempest
Widely considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works, The Tempest is a lyrical play that tells the story of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle where fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. A shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, and the plot thickens when his beloved daughter falls for the enemy's son. It's a magical tale about the transformative power of forgiveness and the bond between parent and child. This great story has inspired all kinds of adaptations, from poetry and paintings to operas and films like Forbidden Planet.
Pointless Christmas Spectacular Dec 2 - Jan 3, 2015  
Pointless Theatre at Flashpoint Pointless Christmas Spectacular
It's Christmas eve at the North Pole, and Santa's elves are off the clock and ready to cut loose! Pointless Theatre presents a winter cabaret for adults; an irreverent celebration of the holidays featuring puppetry, improv, and a funky reindeer band.
Beauty and the Beast Dec 3 - Jan 11, 2015  
Synetic Theater Beauty and the Beast
Cunis and adapted by Ben and Peter Cunis (The Three Musketeers, Genesis Reboot), Synetic nimble actors and innovative theatrical effects will recreate the darkness and sensuality of the original French fairytale. Synetic will transform this classic gothic romance into a visual dream full of wonder and mystery.
Snow Day Dec 3 - Dec 14, 2014  
Arts on the Horizon at Workhouse Arts Center Snow Day
One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. A playful (if not a little mischievous) winter elf takes her on an adventure – showing her just how magical snow can be! Join Skip as she experiences all the excitement, joy, and wonder of her very first snow day. This nonverbal world premiere production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season. Best for children ages 2-6.
Seasonal Disorder Dec 3 - Dec 27, 2014  
Wash Improv at Source Seasonal Disorder
Be sure to catch our headlining show Improv Actually, a holiday-themed romantic comedy that draws inspiration from the film Love Actually. The show creates a new cast of characters that you can get to see fall in love, maybe fall out of love, and probably fall in love again. Bring a date, bring your mom, bring your office party (because Lord knows you don’t want to have to make chit-chat and sip virgin eggnog in the conference room).
The Nutcracker Dec 4 - Dec 28, 2014  
Warner Theatre The Nutcracker
Set in 1882 Georgetown, this gorgeous production showcases the grandeur of The Washington Ballet’s international roster of dancers and majesty of Tchaikovsky’s music. Replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, TWB’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays.
Forgiving BUT NOT Forgetting Dec 5 - Dec 6, 2014  
Anacostia Playhouse Forgiving BUT NOT Forgetting
The holiday season is near and the family comes together. But when life throws the unexpected at you -- betrayals, misunderstandings, painful past secrets revealed -- how would you handle it? These interpersonal struggles and more are at the core of Forgiving BUT NOT Forgetting. Lead actress Tia Leslie goes through hell and back in this original production as she tries to love her way through troubled relationships with her fiancé and her family. Her faith falters and she wonders whether she should forgive, or live in misery trying to forget.
Aladdin Dec 5 - Dec 21, 2014  
The British Players at Kensington Town Hall Aladdin
Ridiculously funny, riotously colorful and starring your favorite storybook characters, pantomime theater might be the best holiday import from England since plum pudding. Now The British Players bring you Aladdin, an authentic (and hilarious) "panto." However, if you think you know the story of Aladdin, think again. Great songs, riotously bad jokes, dastardly villains and slapstick-aplenty transform this classic from Arabian Nights into a silly and satisfactory night of theater for all ages. Start a new family tradition for the holidays, British-style.
Madeline's Christmas Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
ArtSpace Falls Church Madeline's Christmas
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” With that familiar phrase, author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of a precocious little girl named Madeline, winning the hearts of generations of readers to come. In this musical adaptation, it’s the night before Christmas, and Madeline’s schoolmates and their tutor Miss Clavel are all sick in bed. Brave and resourceful, Madeline comes to the rescue with help from a magical rug merchant who takes them all on a Christmas journey they will never forget.
A Revolutionary Christmas Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) A Revolutionary Christmas
Set during the Revolutionary War, this heartwarming new drama from the Maryland Ensemble Theatre tells the story of a family living on a German farm in Frederick whose lives are turned upside-down when they take an escaped Hessian soldier captive. Against all odds, while under their lock and key, this soldier helps them rediscover love, hope, forgiveness and the true meaning of the Christmas season. And this world premiere production of A Revolutionary Christmas may very well awaken the same things within you.

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