Events calendar: December 19-26

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington is presenting a family Christmas concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo courtesy of The Choral Arts Society of Washington.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington is presenting a family Christmas concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo courtesy of The Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Wednesday, December 19th

Museum Event

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE will be hosting a Lunchtime Lecture Series called “Postcards True Stories That Never Happened.” This is a free event and begins at 12 p.m. Jason Rodriguez, acclaimed editor of Elk’s Run, collected a remarkable array of vintage postcards, dispersed them among thirty-three of comics’ greatest creators, and asked each to craft a story about the person who sent it. The result is a vividly imagined, illustrating tales of romance, adventure, hardship, and mystery.

Music Performance

The Strathmore located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD will be putting on a performance of “The Hip Hop Nutcracker”. This holiday mash-up for the whole family is back. The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-60.

Thursday, December 20th

Lecture

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Eighth and F Streets, NW) will be hosting an event called ‘Thursdays at Noon: Overlooked.’ The event will be from 12 p.m. –12:30 p.m. At this event you’ll be able to discover people and faces from American history that you might not know. Learn more about Native American activists Russell Means and Leonard Crow Dog. This is a free event.

Orchestra and Choir Performance

DC Strings will be performing Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Hymns. Building on a DC Strings holiday tradition, the program will feature members of the DC Strings Orchestra and Choir performing excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and traditional Christmas hymns. The event will be at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE . Tickets are $18-20. Purchase tickets here.

Friday, December 21st

Holiday Christmas Concert

The Washington Performing Arts will be hosting “A Gospel Christmas” concert at the Washington National Cathedral. Celebrate the joyful Christmas story through Scripture and song, led by the Cathedral Band. Jazz, blues and gospel. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. This is a free event with RSVP.

Comedy Show

Stand Up Comedy with comedian Talib Babb. Talib Babb is a comedian and writer brought to you by Prince George’s County, Maryland. He’s appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Comedy channel and other platforms. He pokes fun at race relations, pop culture, and everyday life. The comedy show begins at 8:00 pm and is recommended for ages 17 & up. The event will be at the Arts BarnTickets for the event are $18-20. For more information call 301-258-6394 .

Saturday, December 22nd

Holiday Concert

Choral Arts Society of Washington is presenting a family Christmas concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall located at 3001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA. 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 holiday 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. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information call 202-244-3669. 

Holiday Workshop for Kids

The Tudor Place Historic House and Garden at 1644 31st Street NW will be hosting a gingerbread house making class for kids. Follow the gumdrops to Tudor Place for a family-friendly gingerbread-house crafting palooza. Enjoy a brief, kid-friendly architecture tour and story time, then design your own house, cottage, or mansion at our family-friendly gingerbread workshop. For families with children all ages. There will be a classes at 12 pm and 1pm. Tickets are $5-15 and can be purchased.

Sunday, December 23rd

Classical Music Concert

The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing Handel’s Messiah at The Kennedy Center located at 2700 F Street, NW. Join the NSO, exceptional singers, and a heavenly chorus in the festively decorated Concert Hall for our holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s much-loved Messiah, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Call 202-467-460. The show begins at 1 p.m. Tickets will be  $15-89 purchase them here.

Shopping Event

The Holiday Market at Springfield Town Center located at Springfield Town Center 6500 Springfield Mall will be hosting the 12 Days of Christmas vendor showcase at Springfield Town Center presented by Hood Hippies. Local bakers and makers will pop up inside a storefront located on the 2nd floor near Macy’s and the movie theater. The event will be from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Purchase tickets here

Monday, December 24th

Tour

The DC Design Tours will be hosting a Capitol Hill Architecture Tour. This tour takes visitors through the political core of Washington, D.C. from the original L’Enfant city plan to the tumultuous construction of the Capitol and grounds, the rise of the magnificent Beaux Arts Library of Congress and imposing Supreme Court, and into the present day. Prolific designers like Thomas Jefferson, Robert Mills, Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham will feature prominently. Controversy, chaos and red tape abound in this walking tour from DC Design Tours, a treat for architecture and history enthusiasts. The tour will be at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $25- $35. Purchase tickets here.

Musical Performance

Beltway Brass will be performing at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center 2700 F Street NW. The Beltway Brass plays a variety of holiday favorites in their own jazzy, not-too-classical way. Expect some extremely fashionable Christmas sweaters as well. The event will begins at 6pm. This is a free event.

Tuesday, December 25th

Christmas Jazz Perfomance

The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage located at 2700 F Street NW will be hosting a free All-Star Christmas Day Jazz performance. Join in the 20th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores King Williams. The event begins at 6:00 pm.

Holiday Event

Bring the family to enjoy the magical Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court Vienna, Virginia. Every year from mid-November until just after New Year’s Day, the garden is transformed into a half-mile, animated walk of lights. Revisit perennial favorites such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk – and look for new displays each year. Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot beverages by the fire. (Available for purchase at Light Refreshments). The walk is open from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $8 – $14. Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, December 26

Lecture

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian located at Fourth Street & Independence Avenue, SW, will be hosting an event called “ExplorNATIONS: Baskets, Boxes, and Bags!” from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Native communities traditionally turn to their local environment for the natural materials used to create a wide range of baskets, boxes, and bags. Join them as they explore materials such as porcupine quills, birch bark, bison horn, and more to learn how many of the modern containers we use today are similar to traditional ones. This is a free event.

Musical

The Olney Theatre (2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road Olney, MD) presents: Elf: The Musical. Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season. There will be a 2:00 and 8:00 pm show. Tickets are $40-84. For more information call 301-924-3400.