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Holiday Plays In DC

A List of Holiday Plays This 2018 Season
With the holidays near, here is a list of a few shows that may get you in the holiday spirit.

Check back soon as we continue to add more shows as the holidays get closer.


  Most Popular Holiday Shows
A Christmas Carol Nov 23 - Dec 30, 2018  
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 at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.

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Elf The Musical Nov 9 - Jan 6, 2019  
Olney Theatre Center Elf The Musical
 
Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf The Musical. Fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, who as a little boy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, where he's raised as an elf. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy sets off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show, coming to the stage of the Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, will no doubt do the same for you and yours.

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  Other Holiday Shows
A Christmas Carol Nov 23 - Dec 30, 2018  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company A Christmas Carol
 
A Helen Hayes recommended original production of this classic holiday story.

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A Christmas Carol Dec 5 - Dec 23, 2018  
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company A Christmas Carol
 
Catch the spirit of giving with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come in Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol". Set in Victorian-era Baltimore, this delightfully original adaptation is both a celebration of Chesapeake history and a Charm City tradition. This annual Chesapeake Shakespeare Company production also includes various city choirs on selected dates.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Nov 15 - Dec 30, 2018  
Ford's Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a production heralded as a "rich visual and vocal treat" (TheaterMania) and "infectiously jolly" (Washington Post).

 

 

   
Cirque Dreams Nov 16 - Jan 1, 2019  
National Harbor Cirque Dreams
 
Be dazzled by an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are performed on stage and in the air. The entire family can enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned.

 

 

   
A Civil War Christmas Nov 29 - Dec 23, 2018  
1st Stage Theatre A Civil War Christmas
 
It's 1864 and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. "History lessons and holiday warmth sit cozily alongside each other" (The New York Times) in this pageant of carols by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Indecent. Stories of many intertwining lives- spanning from the battlegrounds of Northern Virginia to the halls of the White House- demonstrate that the gladness of one's heart is the best gift of all.

 

 

   
Dashing Through the Snow Nov 16 - Dec 22, 2018  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Dashing Through the Snow
 
It's four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity in Dashing Through the Snow. You'll swear this family-friendly Jones/Hope/Wooten Christmas comedy at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!

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The Elves and the Shoemaker Dec 22 - Dec 30, 2018  
Keegan Theatre The Elves and the Shoemaker
 
Kindness begets kindness -- plus several hours of free elf labor -- in The Elves and The Shoemaker, a fresh musical adaptation of Grimm's fairy tale. A poor-but-kindly cobbler is in a tight fix. After giving away his last pair of shoes to a deserving soul, he has only enough leather to make a single pair more. Exhausted, he heads for bed, but not before setting out his materials for the next day's work. That very night, mysterious elfin visitors creep into his shop on a special mission to help. This charming production from Keegan Theatre puts a humorous spin on the popular classic and keeps the spirit of the holidays alive.

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A Family Christmas Dec 24 - Dec 24, 2018  
The Kennedy Center A Family Christmas
 
Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills Washington, DC's Kennedy Center Concert Hall with holiday classics just for them. The chorus takes you on a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph at this one-hour concert that's perfect for children age 5 or older.

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Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas Nov 16 - Jan 6, 2019  
Adventure Theatre MTC Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas
 
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles-and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

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Frosted Nov 30 - Dec 16, 2018  
Kensington Town Hall Frosted
 
Frosted tells the tale of two Princesses as one struggles to come to terms with the magical powers she has been given. Can they survive the snow storm? Will they ever find true love? Or will their kingdom be taken over by a wicked Prince? Watch the show at Kensington Town Hall to find out how strong the bond between sisters can be and that they'll stop at nothing to look after each other.

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An Irish Carol Dec 13 - Dec 31, 2018  
Keegan Theatre An Irish Carol
 
Dubbed both "sweet and cheerfully profane" by The Washington Post, An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Written by Emerald Isle native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future. A modern fable told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this gritty twist on Dickens' classic has played to sold-out audiences for five straight years now, becoming its own DC tradition.

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Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Nov 10 - Dec 22, 2018  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
 
Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson in the holiday play Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, the show is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hot dog.

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The Nutcracker Dec 6 - Dec 24, 2018  
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.

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Season of Light Dec 7 - Dec 16, 2018  
Silver Spring Stage Season of Light
 
Season of Light: A Winter Fairytale, by Steph DeFerie, is a fun and uplifting holiday play about doing good and bringing light into the world. Magda is chosen to play the Sister of the Sun for her village's Winter Solstice ceremony. But when the days keep growing shorter, Magda is blamed and exiled. In the forest, a group of players join her quest to bring back the light by going to the source: the real Sister of the Sun. What is Magda willing to sacrifice to save the world from darkness? Silver Spring Stage celebrates the holiday season with a special treat for the whole family.

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