It’s a season filled with the richness of experience in wonderful shows and musicals – Anastasia, Billy Elliot, A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, and So You Think You Can Dance – as well as concerts by well-known artists like Billie Eilish and the John Butler Trio. Add to this the Christmas markets, festivals, and twinkling light displays and the month is set to be an exciting one.
About: While incorporating elements from the classic Disney film the stage show drops some of the more fantastical elements from the movie to concentrate instead on the orphaned young Anya and her experiences as she travels from the chaos of revolutionary times in Russia to the euphoria of Paris, where she hopes to discover the mystery of her past. Runtime is 2 and a half hours with one 15-minute intermission. The play is suited to children aged 7 and up.
When: November 1- 25, weekdays 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Cost: From $49.
About: The Tony award-winning production is set against the backdrop of the 1984 miners’ strike in England, where a working-class boy defies all the odds stacked against him to follow his dream to become a top ballet dancer. Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, Billy Elliot swept the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier awards for Best Musical. The production combines a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dancing, to create an inspirational, heartwarming, and triumphant experience for the entire family. The show runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. There is some profanity so parental guidance is suggested for children – the show is best suited to children over 8 years of age.
When: November 1-30. Various times.
Cost: From $40.
About: A candlelit character-guided tour of Mount Vernon adds to the experience at this historic estate where you will learn about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. The tour starts in the Ford Orientation Center, where you can enjoy the sounds of the holiday season and view spectacular Christmas trees highlighting the lives of the Washington family and their home. Light refreshments will be available to purchase. Then the tour by lantern light goes around the estate visiting the Slave Quarters and the Blacksmithing Shop. Inside the Mansion, Martha Washington and other Mount Vernon residents will welcome you into their home and share stories of past Christmases.
When: November 23, 24, 30 (event also runs December 1, 7 , 8, 16)
Contact: 703-780-2000 or email email@example.com.
Cost: $25 adult (12 and up); $17 youth (ages 6-11); Kids 5 and under are free. A $3 transaction fee is added to each ticket.
About: This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. The story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll turned prince remains timeless with beautiful costuming for the various scenes like the war with the mice, the sleigh ride through the forest, the visit to the Land of Sweets, and the magical encounter with the Sugar Plum Fairy, all set to Tchaikovsky’s soaring score.
When: November 29 to December 28. Various times
Cost: From $32.
About: Based on the Charles Dickens classic, kids will enjoy watching the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The visits transform Scrooge into a kinder, gentler man, who rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas. The production is 2 hours long with one intermission and is recommended for ages 5 and over.
When: November 15 to December 30. Various times.
Cost: From $32 to $105.
About: This is just the show to enjoy with youngsters if they are inspired to dance. Following the continued success of the hit summer competition series and 15 Emmy® wins, So You Think You Can Dance is taking the Top 10 Finalists of the 2018 season and touring the country with: Hanalei Cabanilla, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Chelsea Hough, Evan Debendedetto, Genessy Castillo, Cole Mills, Darius Hickman, Madalena Fialek, Slavic Pustovoytov and Jensen Arnold, including Season 15’s winner, America’s Favorite Dancer, plus some soon to be announced All-Star guests. Wow – it is going to be a dazzling performance.
When: Saturday November 3 at 8:00 pm.
Cost: From $57.
About: More than a million glittering lights make Holiday in the Park a dazzling experience. There will be special holiday shows; delicious seasonal treats like pumpkin doughnuts, hot chocolate and apple pie; many of the popular theme park rides will be open, and Santa will be visiting. The experience allows families to combine holiday traditions with all the thrills that make up the Six Flags experience. Relax while roasting marshmallows near a crackling wood fire after a busy day, before you catch one of the many holiday shows. All the fun is included with Membership or 2018 Season Passes.
When: Six Flags America will be open weekends and select weekdays from November 23 through January 1 for this magical event.
Contact: 301-249-1500 or via website.
Cost: Day visit from $41.99. Season passes now on special from $54.99.
About: The Brian Setzer Orchestra will be arriving in Washington DC on their 15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks Tour with Lara Hop and The Ark-Tones to make you laugh, smile, and sing along to their infectious sound. The show is superbly staged and the audience has so much fun. Don’t miss out on this one.
When: Friday November 30 at 8:00 pm.
Cost: From $55.
About: The teen dark pop singer has had a meteoric rise. Supported on stage by her talented brother Finneas who does vocals, keys and guitar, Billie’s voice sounds every bit as good on stage as on her records. Listen to her hits idontwantobeyouanymore, Bellyache, &burn, COPYCAT and Ocean Eyes. Act fast as her concerts sell out quickly!
When: November 7 at 6:30 pm.
Cost: From $76.
About: These athletes will stun with their feats of strength and flexibility. The company was created in collaboration with the world-famous Cirque Eloize and the acrobats will perform award-winning acts from Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris. The group mixes new techniques and ancient Chinese folk art traditions to thrill audiences with one awe-inspiring act after another. Innovative stage design and advanced lighting add to the all-around spectacle.
When: Friday November 9 at 7:30 pm.
Cost: From $24.
About: After their last album Flesh & Blood four years ago John Butler Trio, the Australian band, are set to release their next album, Home, just before heading on tour across America. Formed in 1998, the band has come a long way since John Butler, award-winning musician, lead guitarist, and vocalist working-class started his career as a busker. The title track off their upcoming album was released earlier this year. John Butler Trio’s sound fuses folk, reggae, and acoustic and they cite a wide range of influences from Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, and Blue King Brown, to De LA Soul, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Black Sabbath.
When: Friday November 16 at 8:00 pm.
Cost: From $38.
About: ICE is back with a new theme. Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the meaning of Christmas as the beloved story unfolds through two million pounds of ice sculptures and displays hand-carved by 40 artisans from Harbin, China. The walk-through holiday attraction is kept at a chilly 9°F and features FOUR two-story tall ice slides and a full Nativity scene in stunning, crystal clear ice. The Christmas event also involves a gingerbread decorating area, ice-skating and a bear workshop. There is a carousel for children only, a Christmas Village and story time with Mrs Claus and an atrium show called Cirque Dreams Unwrapped.
When: November 16, 2018 to January 1, 2019
Contact: 301-965-4000 – for tickets and info.
Cost: ICE! $24 per child and $32 per adult. Various other ticket prices based on the event you choose.
About: Here you will find around 180 exhibitors and artisans displaying fine art, photography, crafts, clothing, jewellery, pottery, and more. Stop off and select some delicious seasonal treats or food items and listen to local musicians and bands entertain with a range of sounds from blues jazz, and reggae, to bluegrass, a cappella, and more. The atmosphere is a lively one.
When: November 24 to December 23 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm daily.
Cost: Free entry.
About: The Emporiyum DC 2018 gives you a chance to meet up with friends, enjoy sips and samples, listen to good music, and do some shopping for gifts as well as stocking up on great products. Chefs will be preparing special dishes for visitors, and there will be around 95 vendors with products. Come hungry!
When: Friday to Sunday Nov 9 – 11, from 6:00 pm
Contact: via website, Facebook or Twitter.
Cost: Starts at $15.00 – various ticket options available. Kids 12 and under are free.
About: On a visit to Fredericksburg you step into this place that feels like you’re in Santa’s workshop with all the artisans producing gorgeous pieces of work. The show offers seven buildings and a big top tent. You’ll enjoy the works of top artists and craftsmen offering fine art, pottery, furniture, jewellery, clothing, wreaths and garlands, toys and Christmas ornaments – just about anything related to your Christmas shopping enjoyment. Not all of the same exhibitors participate in both weekends, so don’t think – “I’ll get it next time”, or you may just miss out. No pets are allowed at this event but you can buy some pet accessories to reward your fur baby!
When: November 16, 17 & 18 November 23, 24 & 25 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday/Saturday and 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday.
Cost: Adults $8.00, Children $4.00 (10 and under). Parking $2.