The Old Bull and Bush Public House in Hampstead, London is alive with British music hall songs and Christmas carols. The show was a staple at the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage for years, and this season MetroStage welcomes Florrie Forde, the most famous music hall star of the era, and her troupe of British performers as you celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Various times and dates. Tickets $55. MetroStage: 1201 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA; www.metrostage.org
The Festival of Lights is one of the DC area’s great community traditions, featuring free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Enjoy nightly performances in indoor theater, Christmas trees decorated in international themes, exhibit of crèches from around the world and a life-sized outdoor nativity. Open daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center: 9900 Stoneybrook Dr. Kensington, MD; www.dctemplelights.lds.org
DC’s perennial favorite returns for its 15th anniversary. This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III, among other historical figures. Join again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. Various dates and times. $32-$125. Warner Theatre: 513 13th St. NW, DC; www.washingtonballet.org
Join On Tap for a December Beer Sampling on Thursday, December 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a raffle for an Auld Shebeen gift card, beer samples and live music. Full pours of the beer will be available for purchase at the bar. This is a free event, but you must RSVP – the event fills up fast.
The featured breweries include: O’Connor, Devils Backbone, Bold Rock, Troegs and Sweetwater. Each brewery will feature two beers from their portfolio, one being a seasonal item.
Please bring valid ID. Must be 21+. If you have any questions please contact On Tap Magazine at 703-465-0500.
Auld Shebeen: 3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Cue the cue cards and carols! From the twisted minds at The Second City comes this fastpacedromp that mingles the classic movie’s most beloved (and despised) characters and moments in an original take sure to warm your icy heart. Love, Factually is a holiday satire that blasts the December holiday time of life and love. After experiencing this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv and audience participation, you’ll find that funny actually is all around. Various dates and times. $49-$75. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 2700 F St. NW, DC; www.kennedy-center.org
Winterfest is a magical three weekend experience popping up at Wunder Garten in DC’s NoMa neighborhood this holiday season. On weekends (Fridays-Sundays) from November 30 – December 16, Winterfest will be home to a Holiday Popup Market featuring local makers, entertainment, visits from Santa and more! Each day will bring new features. Fridays from 4-8 p.m., Saturdays from 12-8 p.m. and Sundays from 12-6 p.m. Wunder Garten: 1101 First St. NE, DC; www.wundergartendc.com
I mourn the breakup of the band Girls, helmed by California based singer-songwriter Christopher Owens, on a more or less daily basis. Lucky for me (and for anyone who’s a fan of 60s influenced psych pop) Owens has been hard at work with solo albums and now a full band, Curls. Here, Owens has enlisted the wildly talented lineup of Cody Rhodes and Luke Bace to complete this trio. While a fully formed and very different band on their own, Curls has the same surf rock sensibilities and introspective songwriting that’s been a hallmark of Owen’s career so far. DC’s own Baby Bry Bry & Friends open, marking their first live performance in nearly two years.
This performance will have you stomping your feet to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest DJ Frosty the Snowman. Over the years, this internationally renowned percussive dance company has created a contemporary holiday tradition at the Atlas, featuring friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops, and even a dance party. Why celebrate the holidays sitting still when you can step with Step Afrika! Various dates and times. $25-$45. The Paul Sprenger Theatre: 1333 H St. NE, DC; www.atlasarts.org
Dash through the snow to The Kennedy Center’s merrily adorned Concert Hall and warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along carols in this annual NSO tradition. Make an unforgettable holiday memory in a cozy, music-filled winter wonderland with your favorite yuletide tunes sung by musical theater darling Ashely Brown – originator of the title character in Mary Poppins on Broadway. Various times. $24-$99. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: ; www.kennedy-center.org