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A List of Holiday & Christams Shows in the Washington DC area this 2023 Season
Prepare to dive into the heartwarming realm of yuletide joy and festive enchantment! We're excited to bring you the ultimate roundup of the top Holiday & Christmas Shows in DC for 2023. If your holiday delight comes from musicals, plays, family shows, dance spectacles, or timeless classical productions, Washington DC promises to dazzle you with its holiday offerings. As the festive season approaches, we've curated a selection of performances that are sure to kindle your Christmas spirit.

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

Most Popular Holiday & Christmas Shows in DC

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas CarolNov 17 - Dec 31, 2023

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" (The Washington Post).

Miracle On 34th Street
Miracle On 34th StreetNov 10 - Jan 7, 2024

"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" at Toby's. This musical adaptation of the classic film is the holiday tale of a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special, white-bearded old man changes her mind. Recreating the magic of the classic story, MIRACLE ON 34th STREET is a joyous, heartwarming musical, the perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Dreams do come true, if you believe!

Other Holiday & Christmas Shows in DC

The 35th Annual Nutcracker
The 35th Annual Nutcracker Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2023

Join the Puppet Co. for our 35th annual The Nutcracker! This time-honored seasonal celebration includes Tchaikovsky's familiar story of Clara and her prince, with some Puppet Co. nursery rhyme spin.

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra: A Bohemian Christmas
Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra: A Bohemian Christmas Dec 4 - Dec 4, 2023

Celebrate the holidays with performances of cool classics by Shorty Rogers, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Stan Kenton, and a handful of arrangements by BCJO Ghosts of Christmas Past. Directed by Brad Linde and Joe Herrera, the 17-piece big band is enjoying its 12th year of adventurous and exciting programming.

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Dec 24, 2023

Charles Dickens' story was created to inspire a spirit of charity toward those less fortunate. Our Helen Hayes Awards-recommended original production of this classic holiday story has become an annual holiday tradition, delighting patrons of all ages.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2023

It wouldn't be Christmas without Paul Morella's stunning solo rendition of Charles Dickens's classic tale that represents everything great about the holiday. This is A Christmas Carol in its purest form, with 99% of the text drawn directly from the original novella. Even more impressive, Morella's theatrical portrayal of over 50 characters honors how Dickens himself would tour the world reciting the story. Now in its fourteenth holiday season, the show is a family tradition throughout the region and a gem constantly being discovered by new audiences.

Christmas With Elvis
Christmas With Elvis Nov 26 - Dec 14, 2023

A Holiday edition of his ELVIS In Concert - Tribute, featuring the King's greatest hits and his version of your favorite Christmas songs!

Christmas with The Crooners
Christmas with The Crooners Dec 21 - Dec 21, 2023

Welcome the holiday season with a tuneful evening from the American standards songbook performed by Playhouse favorites. Featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and more! Preceded by a delicious dinner buffet. Full service cash bar available.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 15 - Dec 16, 2023

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland
Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland Dec 14 - Dec 14, 2023

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season.Igniting joy and wonder to Capital One Hall on December 14, 2023, "Wonderland" is an all-new musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience. Featuring the talented cast of Cirque Musica, spectators will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spell binding grace and daredevil athleticism of today's greatest circus performers with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites. Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is an unforgettable experience for the entire family to enjoy a world-class circus experience infused with the holiday classics we all love. Treat your family and create memories you will cherish forever at Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland.

Commedia Christmas Carol
Commedia Christmas Carol Dec 1 - Dec 10, 2023
Traveling Players at Tysons Corner Center

Ebenezer Scrooge is an excellent man of business. He cares a lot about money - but very little for his fellow man. This miserly banker categorically shuns charity, compassion, and cheer. Enter a terrifying ghost on Christmas Eve! Jacob Marley (dead for 7 years) visits Scrooge, his old business partner with a warning: Your business is your mankind! Change your ways or suffer forever! You will wear the chains of a life misspent, as I do!

A Country Christmas
A Country Christmas Dec 7 - Dec 7, 2023

From the producers of American Country... a dynamic concert featuring the great songbook of American Country Music and Holiday Classics perfomed by talented singers and live musicians, preceded by a delicious dinner buffet. Full cash bar available.

Drag The Halls
Drag The Halls Dec 8 - Dec 9, 2023

It's a glittery, glamorous holiday spectacular with Olney-favorites Echinacea Monroe (Solomon Parker III, aka Lola in Kinky Boots), Evon Michelle (Baltimore's Drag Performer of the Year) and Tiara Missou (David Singleton, a Kinky Boots Angel). Come all ye faithful to witness these celebrated queens and special guests bless the holidays with music, dance, and laughter. This will be the final program in the 1938 Original Theatre before it undergoes renovation, so help us send it off in sequined style!

Harmonize The Holidays
Harmonize The Holidays Dec 10 - Dec 10, 2023

Join us for a winter showcase, where your beloved Vienna-Falls Chorus and guest performers will Harmonize the Holidays, featuring all your favorite songs of the season. It will be an afternoon to remember and sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Nov 30 - Dec 31, 2023

Hershel just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community, but the Queen and King of the Goblins have forbidden the lighting of the candles. Can Hershel save the day and lift the curse for this shtetl (village)? Script by Stephen Laughton. Original book written by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

An Irish Carol
An Irish Carol Dec 2 - Dec 31, 2023

AN IRISH CAROL is an homage to Dickens' classic - told as only the Irish can. This comic and touching play, set in a modern Dublin pub, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve - challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present, and faced with the reality of a lonely future - David's life may change forever.

Madeline's Christmas
Madeline's Christmas Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2023

"In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." And with that familiar phrase, author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline! In this musical adaptation, Madeline's schoolmates and tutor are all sick in bed on Christmas Eve, unable to go home for Christmas to be with their families. So it's Madeline to the rescue! And with the help of a magical rug merchant she takes her friends on a Christmas journey they will never forget.

Navidad Flamenca
Navidad Flamenca Dec 9 - Dec 9, 2023

Come celebrate the Holidays with us! Create a new tradition celebrating the holidays the Spanish way. This festive program will take you on a journey of some of the most festive holiday traditions as celebrated in Spain and Puerto Rico.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet
Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet Dec 3 - Dec 3, 2023

The beloved family tradition is back: NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! Gather your loved ones for the warm-glow-nostalgia of America's favorite Christmas celebration. Experience the extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists performing at the peak of classical European Ballet. Be transported by the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger than life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes. Don't miss this chance to experience the wonder of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet.

Snow Maiden
Snow Maiden Dec 9 - Jan 6, 2024

In a frozen silver forest high in the mountains, a lonely man builds a woman from snow. When she mysteriously comes to life, mischief, laughter, and enchantment abound. But what will happen when the ice begins to melt? Told through dazzling movement, dance, and acrobatics, Synetic's magical take on beloved folktale Snegurochka is a story of love, hope, and the power of dreams. "

Step Afrika's! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
Step Afrika's! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show Dec 8 - Dec 17, 2023

The world's first holiday show incorporating the African American tradition of stepping, Step Afrika!'s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is a feast for the eyes and ears. You'll laugh, you'll sing, and you'll dance-yes, dance, along with Step Afrika!'s award-winning dancers on Arena's fabulous Fichandler Stage!-as "DJ Nutcracker" sets the tone for a joy-filled, toe-tapping evening that's a family-friendly holiday "stepstravaganza" like no other.  

White Christmas
White Christmas Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2023

Based on the beloved 1954 film, this musical adaptation features the music of Irving Berlin and centers around a successful song-and-dance act and a duo of singing sisters. A perfect start to the holiday season, join us for a heartwarming classic full of love and laughter.