Holiday Happenings in DC!

Turkey Day is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to deck the halls and jump start the holiday season. Here are a few events in the DC area that will be sure to make your days “merry and bright.”

The Downtown Holiday Market: December 2-December 23; noon-8PM brings holiday cheer and unique gifts to visitors to the downtown DC area. The F Street sidewalk will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace of artisans selling a diverse array of items including art, crafts, jewelry, photography, pottery, etc. This will be a great place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list(www.downtownholidaymarket.com).

Visit the National Christmas Tree and the “Pathway of Peace” (http://www.thenationaltree.org/) at the Ellipse south of the White House lawn. Both are illuminated each evening from dusk until 11 p.m. from December 1st until January 1st. Each night musical performances will be held on the Ellipse stage. Weeknight performances will be from 6-8:30pm. Weekend performance will be from 4-8:30pm.

Having visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? Starting December 1, 2011 a performance of the Nutcraker will whisk you back to your childhood as a small wooden toy soldier comes to life and leads you on a magical holiday adventure. This Christmas classic will be performed at the Kennedy Center (http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=BMBSC), Warner Theatre (http://warnertheatre.com/event/150046BF8D9C2ABC), and the Momentum Dance Theatre in Washington DC (http://momentumdancetheatre.com/jazz-hip-hop-nutcracker/).

Give to others this holiday season by donating your time as a volunteer to a local charity in the Washington, DC-area. There are many great opportunities to reach the community and help through (1) the Capital Area Food Bank (http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/), (2) Food and Friends (http://www.foodandfriends.org/), and (3) The Holiday Project (http:// http://www.holidayproject.org/). Whatever you do this holiday season, be sure to enjoy it with great friends and family. Have a jolly holiday season!

Don’t be a Scrooge this holiday season! Check out A Christmas Carol at the Ford’s Theatre from November 20, 2010- January 2, 2011. This year, the Ford’s Theatre will again present this timeless tale. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Michael Baron returns to direct his original staging that captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

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