Your Guide to Holiday Happenings in DowntownDC


December 13, 2017
December 11, 2017
By Cassia King

The holiday season has arrived in DowntownDC and the neighborhood is brimming with holiday programming, dining options, performances and more. Check out the holiday guide below to join in the local festivities.


From Christmas classics such as The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol to contemporary performances at the Capital One Arena, there’s a holiday show for every preference in DowntownDC this season.

A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre
November 16-December 31

Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre
December 6-December 24

An Evening with the Piano Guys at The National Theatre
December 13-16

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presents the Ghosts of Christmas Eve at Capital One Arena
December 14, 7:30pm

Earth Harp Performance by William Close at The Plaza in City Center
December 16, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Winter Revels: Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall
December 17, Festival at 11:30am, Performance at 2:00pm


Join in some holiday caroling, enjoy afternoon tea or take your young ones to Teddy Bear Tea.

16th Annual Holiday Caroling at the Willard
November 29-December 23, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Gingerbread House Decorating Class at The St. Regis
December 16, 11:00am-2:00pm

Teddy Bear Tea at The St. Regis
December 16, 2:00pm-4:00pm


Learn how to make The Willard InterContinental’s most celebrated holiday cocktail at History Happy Hour or head over to The St. Regis after work for some bubbly at 12 Days of Champagne!

12 Days of Champagne at The St. Regis
December 12-24, 6:00pm

History Happy Hour, First Family Holiday Traditions at The Willard
December 14, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Christmas Eve Champagne Brunch at The St. Regis
December 24, 11:30am-3:00pm

Christmas Day Brunch at The Willard InterContinental
December 25, 10:30am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 2:00pm

Other Events

A stroll through the DowntownDC Holiday Market or through the decorations at CityCenterDC will put you in the holiday spirit.

CityCenterDC Holiday Tree and Decorations
Daily, All Day

DowntownDC Holiday Market
November 24-December 23, 12:00pm-8:00pm 

For more events, visit the BID’s event calendar today at, or contact the BID to submit your own DowntownDC event at