The seasonal vibes flow through these can’t-miss holiday-themed theatrical performances in the nation’s capital.

As the winter holidays near, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights illuminate the District and, most importantly, you need ways to let your seasonal spirit flourish. The nation’s capital has plenty of options, so get that ugly sweater ready for a month’s worth of revelry at DC’s theater and performing arts venues.

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A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre - Washington, DC

Ford’s Theatre

‘A Christmas Carol’ – Nov. 21 – Jan. 1, 2020
Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace assumes the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a lavish Victorian-style musical production of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, the staging of which is a time-honored holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. Scrooge’s riveting journey alongside the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future is a joy even if you’ve experienced it a hundred times before – especially in one of the world’s most historic theaters.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC

Tony Brown / The Washington Ballet

‘The Nutcracker’ – Nov. 23– Dec. 29
The Washington Ballet pulls out all the stops for this classic Christmas tale that features a special DC twist. The Russian ballet goes local thanks to a Nutcracker Prince in the likeness of George Washington and cherry blossom set designs. Set in historical Georgetown, you will be dazzled by an impressive roster of dancers and the beautiful Tchaikovsky score. The production is staged at THEARC Theater on Nov. 23 and 24, then shifts to the Warner Theatre from Nov. 30 – Dec. 29.
THEARC Theater Tickets  |  Warner Theatre Tickets
THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Atlanta Ballet: ‘The Nutcracker’ – Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
DC audiences will be the first to see this imaginative production outside of Atlanta. Masterminded by Gennadi Nedvegin, this take on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original 1816 tale draws heavily on the source material, but also utilizes a fresh vision in its jaw-dropping set design. Audiences will be wowed by oversized storybooks, constellations and clocks, as well as bold costumes and dazzling video projections. Add some wonder to Thanksgiving week when you attend this one.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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