The holidays are truly a magical time of year, but with that sense of wonder often comes a sense of chaos. The roads are more crowded than usual, a reservation at your favorite restaurant is hard to come by, checkout lines wrap around the entire store… it can be stressful to navigate daily life with the added pressures of the holiday season. Music is a known relaxer. Listening to music while working or exercising is proven to help with concentration and performance. Music can instantly bring back a powerful memory or a peaceful sense of being with just a few notes. One of our favorite aspects of the holiday season is listening to carols, getting lost in the nostalgia of the lyrics and the beautiful melodies. Whether you need a breather from everyday life, or like us, you wish carolers still strolled the streets like in a Dickens novel, we’ve sourced a few ways for you to enjoy the holidays through live musical performances.
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
December 19-20, 7pm
What is Christmas without The Nutcracker? Catch the Moscow Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The whole family will be enchanted by the whimsical props and sets, and the exquisitely tailored Russian costumes. Check the website for tickets and availability. If you’re in Maryland, the Moscow Ballet will be performing at the Strathmore the following two nights, December 21 and 22.
US Botanic Garden
through January 2, 6pm
Each year, the Botanic Garden creates incredible replicas of iconic American landmarks, just with plants! This year the theme is “National Parks and Historic Places” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Watch model trains chug through replicas of Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful and the Statue of Liberty, among many others! Make sure to wrap up your wanderings by 6pm, so you can enjoy the live seasonal music performances taking place select Tuesday and Thursdays in the Garden Court. The performances will be varied and international, featuring Irish rock, jazz and Russian folk musicians.
A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice in Music, Dance & Drama
GWU Lisner Auditorium
December 10-18, multiple performances daily
A lively celebration of the season, you will be transported to a Nordic festival of the winter solstice and Christmas, through the haunting melodies, joyful carols and mysterious folk legends of Scandinavia. It has performers from ages 8-85, and is sure to delight folks of all ages!
The Kennedy Center
Various performances daily
We would be remiss if we didn’t include the behemoth of performances in DC in our holiday concert list. You can head to the Kennedy Center any day of the week to watch a variety of musical and theatrical holiday performances. Take in Christmas classics such as Handel’s Messiah, or go for something with a little twist, like Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas. Best of all, there is a free daily performance at 6pm at the Millennium Stage. The Kennedy Center really has it all for theatre lovers.
Can’t get enough of holiday tunes? Simply reach out to the Team @ Dwel, and we will merrily assist you!