Holidays are magical in the District of Columbia. From the ice rink at the National Art Museum to the majestic National Christmas Tree, the city is full of holiday cheer. Residents and visitors alike have the chance to attend concerts featuring world-famous singers, musicians and choralists. From a cheery sing-along to a symphonic holiday concert, Washington has a great lineup of concerts on deck this holiday season.
25th Annual NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas
Terrace Theater
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20566
 (202) 467-4600

Date: Dec. 4, 2015

Join NPR and some of the finest jazz musicians for this annual event at The Kennedy Center. In its 25th year, A Jazz Christmas has hosted names like Harold Mabern, Lynne Arriale, Roy Hargrove, Christian Scott and many more. The show will include performances of artists’ favorite holiday songs and more. Tickets are $59 and available for two shows at 7 and 9 p.m.. on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.

National Symphony Orchestra Handel’s Messiah

Date: Dec. 17-20, 2015

Handel’s Messiah is an English language oratorio that chronicles the story of Jesus Christ. The National Symphony Orchestra will join conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, a cast of soloists and the UMD Concert Choir in this annual tradition. Messiah is offered in two 75-minute segments with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets range from $15 to $89 and are available at The Kennedy Center.

A Choral Arts Christmas

Date: Dec. 14-24, 2015

The Choral Arts Society of Washington is bringing magic to The Kennedy Center with a mix of classic holiday songs, standards for three shows this season. The performance on Monday, Dec. 14 will feature the SYC Ensemble Singers from Singapore. A special Christmas Eve show will be held on Dec. 24 at 2 p.m.. Tickets range from $15 to $49, or save some money by purchasing season packages.

A Candlelight Christmas
The Music Center At Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5100

Date: Dec. 18, 2015

A Candlelight Christmas is a holiday tradition for the audience and the talented members of the Washington Chorus. The concert features classic holiday carols, sing-alongs and moving candlelight processional. In an effort to support music programs in schools, every year the chorus invites local high school choirs to participate in the concert. This year, the lucky participants are students from McDonough High School in Pomfret, Maryland. There will be four performances at the Kennedy Center, in addition to the Strathmore show. Tickets range from $18 to $72 and are available at

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The Christmas Revels
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
(301) 587-3835

Date: Dec. 5-13, 2015

The Christmas Revels is not your average holiday show. The show recounts a Winter Solstice celebration complete with music and dance from many places, cultures and eras. Guests will enjoy medieval music, holiday carols, courtly dances, a different take on the “12 Days of Christmas,” and general revelry. The Christmas Revels runs five shows at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, and tickets range from $12 to $60.

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