December and the holiday season offer visitors to Washington, DC a stellar line up of theatre, live shows and musical performances for the entire family. To follow is a list of some of the must-see shows:
Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Can’t get to Radio City Music Hall? No worries. The Verizon Center will host the world famous Rockettes as they perform the Radio City Christmas Spectacular December 18-20, 2009. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.
A Christmas Carol. Each year Ford’s Theatre offers one of the best productions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The production runs from November 23, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Take the whole family to see Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit for an adventure through Christmas past, present and future that will leave you with the holiday spirit.
Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe. This is a show that the kids will really enjoy. President Roosevelt refuses to put a Christmas tree in the White House and his kids don't plan to obey. In this holiday sequel to the 2006 hit Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major, a zany plot of comic haunting unfolds. Recommended for children seven and older. The show runs from December 5, 2009 – December 30, 2009. Tickets are $18.
Handel’s Messiah at the Washington National Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir and Baroque period orchestra perform Handel’s most beloved masterpiece under the baton of Cathedral Music Director Michael McCarthy. Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 4 p.m.
The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre is a favorite for both locals and visitors. Starring George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker and England's King George III as the villainous Rat King, this ballet fantasy encapsulates the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s music, the history of America and the holiday spirit. Tickets range in price from $31 to $87.