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Alice in Wonderland  
Kensington Town Hall Alice in Wonderland
 
Join Alice and all your favorite Wonderland characters, plus a few entertaining additions, in a trip down the rabbit hole. Put on in true pantomime fashion, this is surely a show you don't want to miss! Oh no you don't!
 
   
CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators  
Gunston Arts Center CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators
 
Santa Claus is missing! During the last rehearsal for the annual Christmas Show, the action comes to a screeching halt when the cast discovers that the Santa Claus statue has been stolen! Mrs. Dickens calls in the Clue Club - a group of ambitious and eccentric students who take mystery and detection into the realm of science. Full of more surprises than a fruitcake, the Clue Club finds they have successfully fulfilled their duty as "Christmas Scene Investigators" when they discover the true meaning of Christmas. We recommend this production for ages 4 and older.
 
   
Matilda  
NextStop Theatre Matilda
 
Matilda is a little girl with mesmerizing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. But she faces real challenges from her unloving parents and her school's horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is the story of a courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to - and change your destiny.
 
   
Newsies  
Arena Stage Newsies
 
In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on two of the most powerful men in the country - Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst - and won. Inspired by true events, the Broadway smash hit is a testament to the power of standing up and speaking out. The Tony Award-winning musical features fan-favorites like "Carrying the Banner," "King of New York" and "Seize the Day."
 
   
The Nutcracker  
Warner Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The Washington Ballet's ingenious take on The Nutcracker is back for another year of local holiday fun at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webre's version of the timeless ballet is set in the wintry, historic DC of old, where snowflakes swirl through the air, King George III is cast as the menacing Rat King and none other than George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old. This celebrated classic comes to life with over 100 dancers, including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. It has become a signature Nutcracker of the nation's capital.
 
   
Peter Pan and Wendy  
Sidney Harman Hall Peter Pan and Wendy
 
Bold, budding scientist Wendy Darling dreams of earning a Nobel Prize. When Peter Pan arrives at her bedroom window, she takes a leap and leaves finishing school behind, chasing adventure among the stars. Facing down fairies, mermaids, and the dastardly Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter, and their friends discover the power of standing up together for what's right. J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan is reimagined for a new generation of theatergoers by American Theatre's Most Produced Playwright of 2019 Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley). With "brilliant theatrical flair" (American Theatre), STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul (Camelot) directs this beloved tale of adventure and wonder, sure to delight adults and children alike this holiday season.
 
   
The Velveteen Rabbit  
Adventure Theatre MTC The Velveteen Rabbit
 
Margery Williams's classic toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this brand new adaptation. When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real.
 
   
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
 
A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Preceded by a kid-friendly lunch. Choice of an all beef hot dog and potato chips or a slice of oven baked cheese pizza and chips. Beverages and gratuity not included.
 
   
The Wizard of Oz  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater The Wizard of Oz
 
Follow the yellow brick road again! Young Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas where a large tornado picks her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She's helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage. All the excitement of the 1939 film comes to life on The Playhouse stage. Preceded by a holiday buffet dinner. Cash bar.
 
   
  List Of Children's Shows Coming Soon
Cirque Nutcracker Opens Dec 12  
Music Center at Strathmore Cirque Nutcracker
 
Troupe Vertigo's acrobats, jugglers and high-flying aerialists join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for this spectacular twist on Tchaikovsky's holiday classic.
 
   
The Nutcracker Opens Dec 13  
Olney Theatre Center The Nutcracker
 
Starring talented young pre-professional ballerinas, along with professional guest dancers, the Olney Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in the Washington area for decades. You'll be transported to a magical place filled with Christmas spirits, dancing children, toy soldiers that come alive, a glowing Christmas tree, magical creatures, the Land of Sweets and exquisite dancing. Whether a longstanding family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime event, this beloved classic is bound to create lasting memories for audiences young and old.
 
   
The Magical Pinata Opens Dec 14  
Keegan Theatre The Magical Pinata
 
In this original Mexican play with music, a seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her town of Zapotoco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle. There she encounters Parrot Rivera, a jungle muralist who paints the future; Señor Chapulin, a soccer star with the heart of the present; and Burro Burrito, a farmer who plows the past. But the evil Monkey King and his silly Sidekick know the clay pot is really a magical piñata and scheme to steal it from her. Through Cucha's journey, she discovers the magic of the mundane, the roots of cultural pride, and the power of sharing.
 
   
The Nutcracker Opens Dec 18  
Hylton Performing Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
Northern Virginia's favorite Nutcracker returns to the Hylton in a festive celebration for the holidays. Sweet Clara, naughty Fritz, the partygoers and dancing dolls, and of course Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker Prince lead the way through a dreamy journey of fantasy and sweets. The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday show for all ages, featuring the international company dancers of MBT and the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
 
   
The Nutcracker with the Fairfax Ballet Opens Dec 21  
George Mason University's Center for the Arts The Nutcracker with the Fairfax Ballet
 
Experience this timeless holiday classic with the Fairfax Symphony and the Fairfax Ballet - a holiday tradition your family will always cherish. Enjoy a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice. It's the perfect holiday treat for the entire family!
 
   
A Family Christmas Opens Dec 24  
The Kennedy Center A Family Christmas
 
Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! We'll take you on a merry tour of sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! This one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5 and up.
 
   
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Opens Apr 7  
The National Theatre Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
 
Roald Dahl's treasured tale is now Broadway's Golden Ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man" and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory ... to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before-get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper when it comes to Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre.