Winter 2019 - 2020 events in DC

Updated: November 13, 2019

Bring on the holiday cheer! Winter is the time of traditions in Washington, with performances of the Nutcracker, a nightly lighting of the National Tree (with traditional music daily at 4:30p), and the seemingly eternal flame of the Yule Log outside the White House all make this a cozy city to spend your holiday. Seasonal favorites also include the Holiday Displays at the National Basilica, the Botanic Garden and Union Station, Christkindlmarkt at Heurich House, Holiday Market at the American Art Gallery, and the excellent lighting displays of Georgetown Glow and Zoo Lights (all of which happen roughly Thanksgiving through the end of December).

The Train Display each year at the Botanical Garden is a crowd favorite

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December Events in Washington, DC


Dec. 7 @ 10a: Russian Winter Fest - The Hillwood Estate puts on this lush homage to Christmas in 19th Century Russia. Traditional Russian plays, dance ensembles, and family crafts help your little ones get in the spirit of Christmas in the setting of one of DC’s grandest estates.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gard  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 7 @ 12p: Swedish Christmas Bazaar - A number of craftsmen will sell their wares at a traditional Julmarknad, culminating with Swedish caroling and the St. Lucia Procession at 5pm.
House of Sweden, K Street Nort  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 13 @ 7p: Post-Grad Residency Homecoming - The Torpedo Factory Art Center Center looks back at the first five years of the Post-Grad Residency Program with a lively art event. We celebrate the opening reception for Target Gallery’s "2019 Post-Grad Residents Exhibition" featuring this year’s cohort: Michaela Japec, Torpedo Factory Art Center ...
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Dec. 13 @ 7p: Step Afrika!'s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show - Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town! This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman. Why celebrate the holidays ...
Atlas Performing Arts Center  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 14 @ 11a: Brunch with Santa at the Mount Vernon Inn - Join Santa for a brunch buffet at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant! ...
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Dec. 14 @ 11a: Hear Me Say My Name - "I am not your mascot, and I don't live in a tipi. See me for who I am. Hear me say my name." How do stereotypes, prejudice, and identity shape the discussion of what it means to be a young American Indian in our country today? This original multimedia play, created in collaboration with Smithsoni ...
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Dec. 14 @ 12p: Brunch with Santa at the Mount Vernon Inn - Join Santa for a brunch buffet at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant! ...
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Dec. 14 @ 1p: Hear Me Say My Name - "I am not your mascot, and I don't live in a tipi. See me for who I am. Hear me say my name." How do stereotypes, prejudice, and identity shape the discussion of what it means to be a young American Indian in our country today? This original multimedia play, created in collaboration with Smithsoni ...
Smithsonian's National Museum  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 14 @ 1p: Santa Comes to 8th Street Barracks Row - On December 14th, 2019 Santa Claus is coming to Barracks Row! Him and his helpers have some wonderful fun planned for you and your loved ones. Start off at The Miracle Theatre @11am and be sure to wear your PJ's to watch the Polar Express! At 1:30 PM, After the movie cross the street to The Miracl ...
Taoti Creative  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 14 @ 2p: Holiday Tea at Cherry Hill - Hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation Inc. Enjoy a special holiday tea and talk at the historic farmhouse. The house will be decorated in mid-19th century period décor and will include a tree. The talk will be presented by the 1858 mistress of Cherry Hill. As always the tea consists of te ...
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Dec. 14 @ 2p: WinterFest - WinterFest in Occoquan is fun for the whole family! Visitors will enjoy heart-warming fire pits with marshmallow roasting, listen to the talented Dunbar Saxophone Quartet at Town Hall, sing holiday carols with the Woodbridge Community Choir, sample free hot chocolate and more! Santa Claus arrives vi ...
Occoquan, Virginia  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 14 @ 2p: Talk: A Global Taste for Chinese Blue-and-White Porcelain - The Peacock Room was originally designed in the 1870s as a grand display space for Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. Why was Chinese porcelain so popular across Europe and America at that time? How did an international craze for Chinese porcelain arise, and where is its influence still seen today? T ...
Smithsonian's National Museum  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 14 @ 3p: Santa at the Mill - Our miller is looking forward to the lantern-lit visit from Santa. What a great, old-fashioned, low-key way to get into the spirit at Colvin Run Mill. We'll have hot chocolate, crafts, a sing-along by an open fire, marshmallow toasting, and you can visit with Santa. The mill, miller's house and ...
Friends of Colvin Run Mill  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 14 @ 5p: Yuletide Celebration - Travel back in time to experience the Yuletide Celebration during the early 1800s at Woodlawn Manor Saturday, December 14, with period entertainment, children's crafts, decorations, and light refreshments. Visit the historically decorated Manor house. Families with children are encouraged to regis ...
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Dec. 14 @ 7p: Yuletide Celebration - Travel back in time to experience the Yuletide Celebration during the early 1800s at Woodlawn Manor Saturday, December 14, with period entertainment, children's crafts, decorations, and light refreshments. Visit the historically decorated Manor house. Families with children are encouraged to regis ...
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 15 @ 1p: Family Program: Museum Stories - Explore one work of art in Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life—The Nabi Collection of Vicki and Roger Sant and connect it to other artworks in the gallery and the Phillips's collection. Get inspired and create an artwork to take home. Geared for families with children ages 8-12 ...
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Dec. 15 @ 2p: Holiday Tea at Cherry Hill - Hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation Inc. Enjoy a special holiday tea and talk at the historic farmhouse. The house will be decorated in mid-19th century period décor and will include a tree. The talk will be presented by the 1858 mistress of Cherry Hill. As always the tea consists of te ...
Cherry Hill Historic House and  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 15 @ 4p: Sonic Futures: The Music of Afrofuturism - This event brings together three musical giants who have made monumental contributions to Afrofuturism as we know it today. George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, and Vernon Reid will be joined on stage by world-renowned scholar and critic Alondra Nelson for an hour-long exploration of Afrofuturism – where i ...
The REACH at the Kennedy Cente  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 16 @ 8p: Atlas Presents Jazz: A Bohemian Christmas - Atlas Presents Jazz: A Bohemian Christmas Bring the family to one of our favorite holiday show of the season! The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2010, maintaining residence at the historic Bohemian Caverns each Monday night until its closing in March 2016. During that time, the b ...
Atlas Performing Arts Center  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 20 @ 12p: International Gem & Jewelry Show - Chantilly, VA (Fall 2019) - International Gem & Jewelry Show - Chantilly, VA December 20-22, 2019 At The Dulles Expo Center (South Hall) 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151 SHOW HOURS: Friday, December 20: 12pm-6pm Saturday, December 21: 10am-6pm Sunday, December 22: 11am-5pm TICKETS: - Discounted Tickets: $6 ...
Dulles Expo Center  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 21 @ 10a: International Gem & Jewelry Show - Chantilly, VA (Fall 2019) - International Gem & Jewelry Show - Chantilly, VA December 20-22, 2019 At The Dulles Expo Center (South Hall) 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151 SHOW HOURS: Friday, December 20: 12pm-6pm Saturday, December 21: 10am-6pm Sunday, December 22: 11am-5pm TICKETS: - Discounted Tickets: $6 ...
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Dec. 21 @ 2p: Hansel and Gretel Tea Party - What better way to enjoy a tea party than in a museum decorated like a gingerbread house! Listen to the story of Hansel and Gretel, enjoy tea and dessert, and participate in a holiday craft activity. Registration fee required for all attendees – children and adults (children must be accompanied by ...
Darnall's Chance  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 27 @ 10a: Atlas Presents Arts For Young Audiences: Squeaker & Mr. Gumdrop - One snowy winter morning, Mr. Gumdrop prepares for his annual holiday party! When an unexpected and curious mouse appears, Mr. Gumdrop's routine is thrown for a loop. Can these two wildly different characters work together to get the holiday preparations done in time? This nonverbal, imaginative p ...
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Dec. 27 @ 11a: Atlas Presents Arts For Young Audiences: Squeaker & Mr. Gumdrop - One snowy winter morning, Mr. Gumdrop prepares for his annual holiday party! When an unexpected and curious mouse appears, Mr. Gumdrop's routine is thrown for a loop. Can these two wildly different characters work together to get the holiday preparations done in time? This nonverbal, imaginative p ...
Atlas Performing Arts Center  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 29 @ 8p: The Roots - The legendary Roots crew is one of the best known and most respected Hip Hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys including "Best R&B Album" for Wake Up!, "Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance" for "Hang in There" (with John Legend), and "Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance" for "Shine." ...
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Dec. 31 @ 1p: Olde Year's Day - Celebrate the close of 2019 on the waterfront, with hands-on activities for every member of the family. Celebrate the close of 2019 with Torpedo Factory Art Center. Find hands-on activities for every member of the family. Meet working artists in their studios and get inspired for 2020. Also, get yo ...
Torpedo Factory Art Center  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 31 @ 2p: First Night Alexandria - All of Alexandria will be aglow for a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration. It also happens to be DC’s largest, with parties at multiple venues throughout the evening.
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront  |    Add to Google Calendar

Dec. 31 - Jan. 1: FSGW New Year's Eve Contra Dance! - Join us for what we believe is the best New Year's Eve contra-dancing in the Mid-Atlantic area! --- ALL THE WAY FROM WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS --- Steve Zakon-Anderson calls & Polaris, (Jesse Ball, Rose Jackson, Marta Bartholomew, Sam Zakon-Anderson) will make the night one to remember. The Grand Mar ...
The Woman's Club of Chevy Chas

January Events in Washington, DC


Jan. 5 @ 11a: First Sunday Arts Fest - Artists close off the brick streets of Annapolis on the first Sunday of every month for a celebration of crafts, live music and fine dining. The best part of this festival is that it takes on a different theme each month, culminating the year with a holiday spin in November and a chocolate celebration in ...
Whitmore Garage, Clay Street,  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 6 @ 1p: Upper Marlboro Town Elections - It’s that time of year again! Every two years, on the even numbered years, qualified voters in the Town elect 3 persons as Commissioners to serve a two-year term. The 2020-2021 Board of Town Commissioners Election will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020.. The polls will be open from 1:00 to 8:00 p. ...
Upper Marlboro Town Hall & Pol  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 10 @ 6p: Alexandria After Dark: Rachel Eddy - Come on out for Happy Hour with West Virginia Fiddler Rachel Eddy. ...
Alexandria History Museum at T  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 12 @ 3p: Will Liverman, Ken Noda - Will Liverman, baritone Ken Noda, piano Chamber Music at The Barns Join Wolf Trap Opera alumni Will Liverman a journey as the Wanderer whose demons lead him to the icy regions of the Self in Schubert’s iconic Die Winterreise. PROGRAM Journey Schubert Die Winterreise No intermission Season pr ...
1635 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 12 @ 7p: Bluegrass Barn: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper - Michael Cleveland’s blistering prowess and technical fluency made him a sought-after musician early in his career, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South and other luminaries. In 2006, Michael formed his own band, using it as a vehicle to con ...
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor C  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 15 @ 8p: An Evening With JD Souther - An Evening With JD Souther An architect of the Southern California sound and an influential songwriter, JD Souther has written and co-written many timeless hits for artists including the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. ...
1635 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 17 @ 8p: Bailen - BAILEN Bailen blends folk-rock and pop influences with strong three-part harmonies to twist music in new directions. Named one of Sofar Sounds’ Artists to Watch in 2018, the sibling trio from New York has toured or collaborated with The Lone Bellow, Amos Lee, and Joseph, among many others. ...
1635 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 24 @ 8p: Masters of Hawaiian Music - Masters of Hawaiian Music Direct from the Pacific, the Masters of Hawaiian Music bring “folklore and cultural memory into a performance that…[unfolds] as breezy entertainment” (The New York Times). ...
1635 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 25 @ 10a: Winter Blast: A Family Day of Native Games - Learn to play Indigenous games loved by people from the Arctic to Argentina. Talibah Begay (Diné) shares the Navajo shoe game—a traditional guessing game—and the songs players sing. Other skilled players teach Hawaiian games, Bolivian games, and more. For good sports of all ages. Photo courtesy of ...
Smithsonian's National Museum  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 25 @ 8p: Masters of Hawaiian Music - Masters of Hawaiian Music Direct from the Pacific, the Masters of Hawaiian Music bring “folklore and cultural memory into a performance that…[unfolds] as breezy entertainment” (The New York Times). ...
1635 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 26 @ 1p: Beyond the Studio: Illustration with Carlos Carmonamedina - Hear from professionals that work in the arts, then sharpen your own creative skills with a hands-on activity related to the speaker's own expertise. Learn how to document and revisit your travels with illustration and journaling tips from Carlos Carmonamedina, the local artist behind the DC is My ...
Smithsonian American Art Museu  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 26 @ 3p: Family Concerts: Symphonic Dancing - This fun, interactive family concert will have every family member on their feet! The program explores the expressive, dance-like melodies of William Grant Still’s 'Danzas de Panama', and Scott Joplin’s 'The Entertainer' and 'Maple Leaf Rag'. Come enjoy this energetic concert for all ages! Join us ...
Atlas Performing Arts Center  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 26 @ 5p: Family Concerts: Symphonic Dancing - This fun, interactive family concert will have every family member on their feet! The program explores the expressive, dance-like melodies of William Grant Still’s 'Danzas de Panama', and Scott Joplin’s 'The Entertainer' and 'Maple Leaf Rag'. Come enjoy this energetic concert for all ages! Join us ...
Atlas Performing Arts Center  |    Add to Google Calendar

Jan. 31 @ 8p: Asko|Schönberg Ensemble Concert I - Asko|Schönberg, one of the finest new music ensembles in Europe, comes to the Library for a rare visit to the United States. Presenting two varied programs under the helm of Reinbert de Leeuw and with the assistance of vocalists Katrien Baerts and Gerrie de Vries, Asko|Schönberg will offer classics ...
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February Events in Washington, DC


Feb. 5 @ 8p: Tanya Tucker - Tanya Tucker Tanya Tucker, the original female country outlaw, had her first appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone at age 13. Widely considered the “female Elvis,” she’s ruled the charts with over 50 top 10 hits, including “Delta Dawn” and “What’s Your Mama’s Name.” Tucker’s long-awaited 2019 cr ...
1635 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182  |    Add to Google Calendar

Feb. 6 @ 8p: California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio - California Guitar Trio Montreal Guitar Trio Representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the US), the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio fuse over 40 years of performing experience into a unique six-by-six-string “phenomensemble.” Kicking off the night with solo sets from ...
1635 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182  |    Add to Google Calendar

Feb. 8 @ 11a: NGA Family Day - The National Gallery of Art will host a sketch workshop for kids, along with materials and artistic inspiration from 11a – 4p on Saturday.
Constitution Ave NW, Washingto  |    Add to Google Calendar

Feb. 9 @ 1p: Beyond the Studio: Embroidery with Katherine Akey - Hear from professionals that work in the arts, then sharpen your own creative skills with a hands-on activity related to the speaker's own expertise. Try your hand at embroidery with multidisciplinary teaching artist, Katherine Akey. In her own work, Akey uses fiber, photography, and bookbinding to ...
Smithsonian American Art Museu  |    Add to Google Calendar

Feb. 9 @ 7p: Bluegrass Barn: Carolina Blue - Formed in 2007, Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe. The band has been working hard since then: winning band contests, performing, producing recordings and appearing on TV. After only twelve years they are attracting a wider audience and are ...
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor C  |    Add to Google Calendar

Ongoing Winter 2019 - 2020 events in DC


Jan. 1 - Dec. 31: Smithsonian and Beyond! Museums along the National Mall - When Donald Trump fires up his Coleman grill and settles into the lawn chair with a cold one, he does so in the same back yard as all our Presidents since Adams (right!?). The view is marred only by the dozens of tourists visiting the museums and monuments frolicking in his back 40 (or, in ...
600 Independence Ave SW, Washi

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31: Tour Baltimore’s B-Side - Baltimore is a world apart from DC. The touristy waterfront is just the beginning. Here are some of my favorite, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Charm City, USA. American Visionary Art Museum | The Walters Art Gallery | Fort McHenry | Baltimore Museum of Art | Museum of Industry | Port Discovery Museum American Visionary Art Museum ...
1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21

Oct. 1 - Dec. 31: Visit Eden Center, DC’s Little Saigon - One of DC’s best kept secrets is Eden Center, where you can experience Vietnamese traditions, food and culture, just outside the DC city limits. On the far end of the shopping center is the Good Fortune Supermarket, which has a giant selection of exotic produce and live seafood!
Eden Center, Wilson Boulevard,


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