Holidays often bring families closer together, and this holiday season, create new traditions with these five family-friendly holiday events.
Presented by the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, this production puts a Christmas spin on childhood favorite Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Catchy musical numbers and over 75 puppets will be used to tell the charming story of a farmer dreaming of a white Christmas. With cameos from other winter-time classics, such as Dream Snow and Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?, this show will be fun for the whole family.
There is no better place to write letters to Santa than at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and this annual holiday card workshop makes it even easier. On December 7th and 8th, the museum will welcome guests of all ages to create personalized greeting cards. With vintage stamps from around the world, pristine stationery, and an on-site stamp store for Smithsonian-exclusive postmarks, this free workshop is a great start to the holiday season.
At the Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA, this original Mexican play with music will tell the story of a girl who discovers a magical piñata disguised as a clay pot. With themes of sharing and magic, this play is perfect for the holidays. By having sensory-friendly performances and ASL translations, the Keegan Theatre celebrates inclusivity and hopes to create an enjoyable experience for all attendees. Tickets
are available for purchase online, so buy yours in advance for one of their ten showtimes.
Charles Dickens’ famous Christmastime story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he encounters the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. This show runs for approximately two hours and includes a one-hour intermission, so we recommend it for families with children ages five and up. Tickets can be purchased online and must be picked up on the day of the show. With breathtaking vocal performances and a sweeping music accompaniment, this show will warm the heart of any Scrooge.
There is no denying that Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday composition. But if ballet doesn’t match your family’s tempo, consider this refreshing alternative to a timeless classic. From December 17th to December 19th, Strathmore will host this reimagined version of E.T.A Hoffman’s traditional story. With contemporary and hip hop dance styles, a DJ, a violinist, and a special appearance and performance by MC Kurtis Blow, this production is sure to be a showstopper.
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