What to Do This Weekend: December 22 to 25
Darlene Love at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, “Oy Vey in a Manger” at Theater J, and the Washington Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at Warner Theatre.
Darla Love is performing a holiday concert at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center Friday. Photograph courtesy of the artist’s Web site.
Thursday, December 22
MUSIC: It’s the last night to see the Washington Chorus’s “A Candlelight Christmas” at the Kennedy Center. The performance features a sing-along of classic songs and a candlelight procession. Tickets ($15 to $65) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Website. 7 PM. And if you haven’t already, check out our roundup of holiday concerts and shows.
FOOD: Celebrate the first day of winter with a chilly treat from Pinkberry. The new Georgetown location (3288 M St., NW) will be swirling up free frozen yogurt from noon to 4 PM.
THEATER: Bring the whole family to a showing of Billy Elliot at the Kennedy Center. The Tony Award–winning musical, which features music by Elton John, is about a working-class boy who discovers his affinity for ballet. “The dancing is electric, the story is heart-warming, and you can’t help but be mad about the boy,” says lifestyle editor Leslie Milk. Read the full review here. Tickets ($25 to $150) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7:30 PM. The show runs through January 15.
PARTY: Break out the holiday garb for Fadó’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Party. A $10 donation to Bread for the City gets you a pint of Heineken, exclusive drink specials, and a concert from Willem Dickie. 5 PM. Don’t know what to wear? Check out our guide to holiday sweater shopping in DC.
Friday, December 23
MUSIC: Singer Darlene Love is performing “Love for the Holidays” at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is best known for her 1960s hit “He’s a Rebel.” Tickets ($44) can be purchased through the event’s Web site. 8 PM.
The Black Cat is hosting a “Bro Ho Ho: Holiday Music Spectacular” tonight. Artists include Jesse Elliott of These United States, Revival, John Bustine, Brandon Butler, and more. Tickets ($10) can be purchased through the club’s Web site. Doors open at 9 PM.
HOLIDAY MARKET: The Downtown Holiday Market (located between 8th and F streets) ends today. The yearly tradition features more than 60 local artisans and exhibitors, holiday lights, and live music. Noon to 8 PM.
Saturday, December 24
DRAG: Leave the kids at home for the Kinsey Sicks’ “Oy Vey in a Manger” at Theater J. The “beauty shop quartet” will perform cheeky songs like “’Tis the Season to Drink Stoli,” “I Had a Little Facial,” and “Harried Little Christmas.” The show runs through December 26. Tickets ($60 to $65) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 8 PM.
FOOD: Don’t feel like cooking this year? Our editors compiled a list of local restaurants that are offering special dishes and menus, and still have reservations available. Click here to read our procrastinator’s guide to Christmas Eve and Day dining.
BALLET: It’s your last chance to catch the Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker at Warner Theatre. The Washington-themed performance features George Washington as the Nutcracker Prince. Tickets ($31 to $90) can be purchased through Live Nation. 11 AM and 3:30 PM.
Sunday, December 25
HANUKKAH: Stop by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia for an afternoon of fun, food, and live entertainment. Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, join a Maccabi Parade, jump around a moon bounce, putter along a mini-golf course, have your face painted, and more. Festive food—including potato latkes, falafel, and schnitzel—will be available for purchase. Tickets ($18 per family) can be purchased at the door. 11 AM to 3 PM.
FILM: Sixth and I is hosting a food-filled film festival today. Guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of kosher Chinese food, beer samples from Shmaltz Brewing Company, and a selection of films. Screenings include Spaceballs at 1 PM, The Princess Bride at 4, and The Big Lebowski at 8. Tickets ($80) can be purchased through the synagogue’s Web site. The fun starts at 1 PM.
ICE-SKATING: If you can muster enough energy to peel yourself off the couch, several ice-skating rinks are open today—including Pentagon Row, Veterans Plaza, and Rockville Town Square. Happy holidays!