Celebrate the Season This Month at The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts is one of D.C.’s greatest cultural institutions, welcoming a wide-range of performers from around the world each year. But if the ticket prices don’t quite agree with your budget, look no further than the Millennium Stage.

Every day, the Millennium Stage offers free performances, including previews of shows coming to the Kennedy Center. With the holidays upon us, the offerings coming up in December include festive cheer, opera and vaudeville.

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Let it blow: Merry TubaChristmas! brings together hundreds of horn players for an evening of holiday cheer. (Mark Buenaflor via The Kennedy Center)

This month features the Millennium Stage’s signature blend of international performances, many of which have a holiday focus.

The Coral Cantigas, performing on the 17th, will share Christmas traditions from Latin America. Other artists performing holiday music include the U.S. Army Chorus (12/19), Sweet Heaven Kings (12/22) and Encore Choral (12/23).

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If you prefer your holiday tunes in brass, Merry TubaChristmas! (12/16) will bring together hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players for an evening of traditional holiday cheer. On Christmas Eve, the Beltway Brass Quintet will perform their take on holiday favorites, starting at noon.

The 9 Songwriter Series is back with their 4th Annual Holiday Extravaganza on the 21st, bringing together local musicians to perform holiday tunes. And this year will also see the 17th Annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, wrapping up Christmas with a dynamic performance.

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Between Christmas and New Year’s, Holiday Vaudeville takes the stage for performances on the 27th and 28th, combining holiday music, comedy and Klezmer performances. The year ends with a New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring live music, a balloon drop and a champagne bar.

The month wraps up with comedy from Nate Bargatze on December 30.

Performances begin at 6 p.m. every day unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available starting at 5:30 on a first-come-first-served basis. Check out the Kennedy Center site for a full calendar of events.

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Bridey Heing

Bridey Heing is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer at Hello Giggles. You can view more of her work here.

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