DC Holiday Concert Preview

November 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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orchestra DC Holiday Concert Preview

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No matter how you celebrate the holidays, there’s just something special about the sounds of the season. Expect brilliance from the makers of “Jump, Jive an’ Wail,” in a holiday show the whole family will love, and embrace the spirit of the holidays with The U.S. Air Force Band, Irving Berlin and the rest of the best holiday concerts in D.C. 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
The Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Price: $25 to $150 per ticket
Dates: Dec. 11 to Jan. 6

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, look no further than the Kennedy Center. The Broadway musical brings the holiday classic tale to life with festive stage decor and costumes, lively productions of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits and, of course, plenty of falling snow. The Wall Street Journal calls Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” “a genuinely old-fashioned musical.” Enjoy a meal prior to the show at the Roof Terrace Restaurant or pick up a snack during the show’s intermission. The Kennedy Center also features a gift shop, the perfect place to stock up on holiday gifts or mementos from the show.

The United States Air Force Band
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 628-4780

Price: free
Dates: Dec. 8 and 9

Get into the holiday spirit as you listen to the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and Concert Band sing and play popular festive tunes. For more than 70 years, the U.S. Air Force Band has performed concerts and shows for presidents, celebrities and foreign dignitaries as well as civilians and members of the military. This memorable show, featuring the theme “Spirit of the Season,” will definitely warm your family’s hearts. Tickets for the show are available at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Visitors Center, Joint Base Andrews Visitors Center and the Pentagon Air Force Services. Limit four tickets per person.

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Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-a-Long
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900

Price: free
Date: Dec. 1

Don’t just sit there and watch the season pass, become a part of the show. At the 2012 Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-a-Long, kids and adults alike will join along with the United States Marine Corps Band as they sing Christmas and Hanukkah songs. This annual celebration also supports Toys for Tots, a nationwide program that provides Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the D.C. area. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the show. Guests are also encouraged to bring along a candle and bell for a beautiful and jolly interactive experience when singing “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells.” Arrive early to ensure the best seat (and parking spot) in the house.

Living Christmas Tree
First Baptist Church of Alexandria
2932 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 684-3720

Price: $7 per ticket
Dates: Dec. 6 to Dec. 9

View a Christmas tree that’s like no other. The First Baptist Church of Alexandria presents the 2012 Living Christmas Tree, a tale that tells the story of a pair of friends who get thrown into jail for sharing their love of the holiday season. Find out why they got there through creative storytelling and traditional and contemporary holiday music. The 25-foot-tall “living” Christmas tree features 100 singers and more than 50,000 twinkling Christmas lights. This magical evening is perfect for the whole family. Free childcare services are available for children younger than age 4. Contact First Baptist Church of Alexandria to reserve childcare services.

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5100

Price: $39.50 to $109.50
Date: Dec. 4

Best known for his 1998 hit tune “Jump, Jive an’ Wail,” three-time Grammy winner Brian Setzer and his 21-member orchestra will have you dancing out of your seats with new and traditional holiday music. The concert set will feature popular hits including “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow” and “Jingle Bell Rock,”  as well as original songs such as “Santa Drives a Hot Rod” and “Bach’s Bounce.” The Music Center at Strathmore offers a cafe and wine bar. Enjoy tasty sandwiches, salads, entrees and desserts prior to the start of the show.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.