Kwanzaa, "A Christmas Carol," and wine tastings—it's the holidays in the DMV!
Happy holidays, everybody! We've finally reached the end-point for the big kahuna that is Christmas Day. While this year hasn't exactly been ideal, we've been overwhelmed by the displays of holiday cheer found all over the DMV. Keep the good vibes going with something fun to do, whether it's a virtual concert, a wine tasting, or a radio performance of an all-time Christmas classic!
*Keep in mind with the shifting circumstances of COVID-19 that events may be canceled or rescheduled. Please refer to the event's websites or social media pages for more information regarding safety guidelines.*
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, December 25, to Sunday, December 27:
A Christmas Carol: Radio Play | Ford's Theatre | Washington, D.C. | Friday
This Christmas, gather 'round the radio for a special production of A Christmas Carol! In a retro wrist, Ford's Theatre is bringing Dickens' classic tale to WAMU 88.5 FM starring Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge. The perfect excuse to stay in your PJs and make some cocoa! The show will also be available for streaming until the new year. Check it out here!
It's a Kwanzaa Celebration! (Virtual) | DC Metro Area | Saturday
Kwanzaa starts December 26, and this year Creative Suitland is celebrating digitally. Between 5-7 p.m., hosts Stan "Substantial" Robinson and Brother Victorious will MC an inspiring lineup of artists, musicians, and activists in the DMV area. Take part in yoga sessions, storytelling, a virtual craft market, and more! Admission is a minimum donation of $1. You can register here!
Jolly Express Cruise | 1 Dock Street | Annapolis, MD | Saturday-Sunday
All aboard the Santa express! Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard the Miss Anne cruise ship with hot chocolate, music, and scenic views of Spa Creek. With Santa at the helm, you're in for a jolly time! Make sure to bring a blanket so you stay nice and cozy onboard! Adult tickets are $23 and children under 11 are $13. Buy them here!
Winter Glow | George Washington's Mount Vernon | Mount Vernon, VA | Saturday-Sunday
Mount Vernon's still glowing! Enjoy a festive evening outside with a wide variety of entertainment—food, Christmas carollers, and of course, those breath-taking lights. Guests can bring home a pre-assembled craft kit for indoor fun with the fam! You only have until December 28 to experience those sparkling lights before they're gone! Member tickets are $25-$40 and non-members are $30-$45. Find out more here!
Christmas Day Organ Recital (Online) | Washington National Cathedral | Washington, D.C. | Friday
Tune in to a very special concert courtesy of Washington National Cathedral. Musicians Thomas Sheehan and George Fergus will delight viewers with beloved holiday songs played on the church's organ. It's going to be a special treat for all, so grab your loved ones and get cozy! The show starts at 12 p.m. ET and is free to watch—you'll just need to register! Get the details here!
Zoo Lights | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore | 1 Safari Place | Baltimore, MD | Ongoing
Zoo lovers, have you gone to Zoo Lights yet? By car or on foot, bask in the glow of 100,000 LED lights resembling your favorite animals, from ferocious lions to funky iguanas. It's only here until January 3, so don't wait—it's going to be "wild"! Admission is $20-$45, depending on your method of transportation. Buy your tickets here!
A Riverside Family Christmas | Riverside Center for the Performing Arts | Fredericksburg, VA | Saturday-Sunday
Christmas may be coming to an end, but not at Riverside Center! This cheerful production combines music, dance, and storytelling that exemplifies the wholesome spirit of the holiday. Food will be available for purchase before the show, and matinee and evening shows will be offered. The show runs through December 27, so this is your last chance! Adult tickets are $60. Purchase them here!
Triple Threat: Chocolate, Cheese & Wine | Little Washington Winery | Washington, VA | Sunday
Chocolate, cheese, and wine--need we say more? Little Washington Winery is an expert in all three, and this 90-minute class lets visitors taste their way through the holy trinity of flavors, along with trying new combinations. Located in Virginia's wine country, it's the ultimate tasting experience! Tickets are $40 per person. Reserve them here!
St. Clement's Island Museum Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit 2020 | 38370 Point Breeze Road | Colton's Point, MD | Saturday-Sunday
What was your favorite toy as a kid? You might just see it at St. Clement's Island Museum! View childhood icons like American Girl, Barbie, model trains, and more on full display. Whether you're a toy enthusiast or a kid between the ages of 1-92, a magical experience awaits you! Adult admission is $3 (kids under 5 are free). Military discounts are offered. Check it out here!
Winterfest of Lights | 125th Street, Northside | Ocean City, MD | Friday-Sunday
Ocean City's brightest light show continues! View cheerful holiday scenes throughout Northside Park, among them a 50-foot tree and animated displays coming to life. Additional festivities include hot chocolate, shopping, and photos with Santa. It's the gift that keeps giving, even after Christmas! Admission is just $5, while kids under 11 are free of charge. Find out more here!
How will you be spending the holiday weekend? Will you be checking out any of these events or taking things slow? Let us know in the comments!