Winter Calendar

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).

With so many embassy partners, Washington, DC goes big during the Chinese New Year.  The lantern display at the Kennedy Center is a can't miss, free event.
With so many embassy partners, Washington, DC goes big during the Chinese New Year. The lantern display at the Kennedy Center is a can’t miss, free event.

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With DC’s temperate climate, there are always great options indoors and out. Most people know about the skating at the National Gallery Rink, but few know about all the dozen other excellent skating rinks in and around Washington, DC. If it’s too cold to take the kids outside, find some interesting indoor spaces where they can run around. Our two favorites are the 17-acre hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum, and the labyrinthine indoor streets of Eden Center.

Upcoming Events:

December 2: Lennon, Ono, and the Making of Double Fantasy - Smithsonian Associates - In this interactive, multimedia talk, music historian Kenneth Womack traces the story behind Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s remarkable 1980 comeback album with wife Yoko Ono.

Russian Winter Fest

December 5: Russian Winter Fest
Hillwood Estate

Swedish Christmas Bazaar

December 5: Swedish Christmas Bazaar
House of Sweden

First Sunday Arts Fest

December 6: First Sunday Arts Fest
Whitmore Garage

December 7: Duke Ellington: Genius Beyond Category - Smithsonian Associates - No one led a life, led a band, or made music like Duke Ellington. American music specialist John Edward Hasse surveys the life and career of a one-of-kind man who overcame racial, social, and musical...

December 13: Writing a Successful Screenplay - Smithsonian Associates - You've got a brilliant idea for a terrific film. Your next move is to master the steps in turning it into a reality on the screen. Spend a valuable two days with Marc Lapadula, a screenwriting...

December 15: John Eaton Celebrates His Favorite Songwriters - Smithsonian Associates - The pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire pays tribute to the composers whose work defines the Great American Songbook  including Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, and George Gershwin.

December 15: Four Films That Changed America - Smithsonian Associates - Whether intentionally or not, some movies created as entertainment have also had a significant impact on American society. Playwright and screenwriter Mark Lapadula examines a quartet of...

First Night Alexandria

December 31: First Night Alexandria
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

January 7: Matt Haimovitz, cello & Laura Colgate, violin - Haimovitz is a groundbreaking artist often praised for his ingenuity, artistry, and enthusiasm. The cellist made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel...

January 14: Mørk plays Elgar Debussy’s Images - Truls Mørk brings a unique poetry to a great British classic: Elgar’s haunting Cello Concerto. Charismatic young conductor Dalia Stasevska completes the program with Debussy’s colorful Images and a...

January 22: Hahn plays Prokofiev / Urbański conducts The Rite of Spring - Prokofiev’s gorgeous First Violin Concerto sets a virtuoso loose in a fairy-tale dreamworld as three-time Grammy Award®–winning violinist Hilary Hahn takes the stage. Krzysztof Urbański pairs the...

January 28: Chamayou plays Saint-Saëns Stutzmann conducts Brahms - Bertrand Chamayou makes his NSO debut performing Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a work for which he won the 2019 Gramophone Awards for Best Concerto and Recording of the Year. Then, Brahms’s...

February 9: Gregory Porter - Back by popular demand after a sold-out show at Strathmore in February 2019, Porter is beloved for his honeyed baritone and soulful jazz. Porter began singing in church as a young boy, encouraged by...

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