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Peace and Carol Ringers, an English Handbell Performance

A group of 16 high school students and 17 adult choristers join forces to present an annual concert that includes a repertoire of recognizable sacred, folk, and holiday music on traditional hand bells.

Sat., Dec. 6, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Story League: A Collection of Funny Holiday Stories

Story League, Washington D.C.'s home for funny stories, offers you Presents: A Collection of Funny True Holiday Stories about inappropriate gifts. Featuring Andy Christie (The Liar Show NYC),  Robin Gelfenbien (Yum's the Word NYC), Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko NYC), JiJi Lee (Split Personality Show NYC), Adam Ruben (Host, Superhuman Science on Discovery International), Jennifer Tress (You're Not Pretty Enough project), D'Arcee Neal (Story League Contest Winner), Valentina Stackl (Story League Tournament Winner) and SM Shrake (Story League Creator; This American Life; The Moth). This program contains mature themes and strong language.

Sun., Dec. 7, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Theater Lab

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Merry TubaChristmas

This year marks the 41st anniversary of this holiday tradition, founded by Harvey Phillips, in which hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from the area come together to perform traditional Christmas music. Rehearsal starts at 3 p.m.; performance begins at 6 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 10, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Target Family Night: Washington National Opera preview of The Little Prince

WNO gives audiences a preview of the holiday family opera The Little Prince, “a magical opera” based on the original storybook written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Relive its joy and wonder in Rachel Portman’s “enchanting opera…satisfying to child and adult alike” (Financial Times).

Fri., Dec. 12, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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A Christmas Story as told by Largo High School

Don’t miss a special performance of Largo High School’s winter presentation, featuring dance, narration, instrumental, and vocal music by the talented students of the Largo Arts Department.

Sun., Dec. 14, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Lox & Vodka

Celebrate the spirit of Hanukkah with D.C.’s widely acclaimed Jewish and Klezmer band, which provides lively and festive entertainment for all, with songs in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish as well as traditional Jewish folk dancing.

Thu., Dec. 18, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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U.S. Army Blues: A Stan Kenton Christmas

Part of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Blues returns with its festive program highlighting the music of pianist, composer, and orchestra leader Stan Kenton.

Fri., Dec. 19, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Holiday Spectacular

Listen Local First D.C. and The 9 Songwriter Showcase offer a show with nine of DMV’s most talented songwriters and musicians, collaborating to create a show full of seasonal cheer for the entire family.

Sun., Dec. 21, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Encore Chorale

The dynamic ensemble made up of first time or returning musicians over the age of 55, performs crowd-pleasing holiday music.

Tue., Dec. 23, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Join in the 16th All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Thu., Dec. 25, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Family of Praise

The Richmond-based gospel group presents an evening of gospel and holiday-related programming.

Fri., Dec. 26, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Holiday Vaudeville

Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts an evening featuring modern-Klezmer quartet the Alexandria Kleztet and world-class comedian/variety entertainer Will Shaw, blending holiday music with non-stop laughter.

Sat., Dec. 27, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Holiday Vaudeville

Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts an evening featuring modern-Klezmer quartet the Alexandria Kleztet and world-class comedian/variety entertainer Will Shaw, blending holiday music with non-stop laughter.

Sun., Dec. 28, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Zan McLeod’s Celtic Holiday

Enjoy traditional Irish music and step-dancing as guitarist Zan McLeod collaborates with the group Skylark, comprised of Elise Kress (flute and vocals) and Alex Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), and with the Culkin Irish Dancers.

Mon., Dec. 29, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Sweet Heaven Kings

The acclaimed 16-member gospel brass and percussion band from Anacostia performs a joyful holiday program.

Tue., Dec. 30, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Brooklyn-based Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, led by percussionist Gianni Mano and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat. The program features indie pop tunes arranged under the influence of the ’70s Fania/Salsa Dura scene and Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Wed., Dec. 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Messiah: Uncredited

Messiah Sing-along

Be part of Washington's most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center's Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert on December 23 in the Concert Hall features conductor Barry Hemphill as he leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, professional soloists, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel's masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!

Tue., Dec. 23, 2014, 8:00 PM

Concert Hall

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