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Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2019

Ballet and Nutcracker fans are in for a treat Thanksgiving week with the Kennedy Center debut of Atlanta Ballet and its extraordinary new production, which premiered last December. Washington audiences will be the first to see it outside of Atlanta—a truly spectacular, visually inventive staging set against a fantastical starry night, dominated by oversized storybooks, clocks, and constellations.

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The Second City's Love, Factually

Dec 3 – 29, 2019

Love, Actually—whether you love it, hate it, or have never even seen it, you’ll definitely love this romantic romp that parodies the film along with many other classic holiday rom-com moments. 

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NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Join us for a twist on your favorite holiday classics! The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the holiday tradition and annual sell-out featuring today’s best jazz pianists performing their favorite seasonal music.

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Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Christmas as calamity. Celebrating the holiday season in all of its dysfunction, Taylor Mac is joined by longtime collaborators designer Machine Dazzle, music director Matt Ray, and a band of eight to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate. 

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NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! with Leslie Odom, Jr.

Dec 13 – 14, 2019

Our annual tradition, complete with Santa, the joyful voices of The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and even “snow!” Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along favorites in the festively decorated Concert Hall. This year, we welcome Leslie Odom, Jr., whose remarkable talents continue to inspire audiences across the globe, from his Tony®-winning role in Hamilton to singing “America the Beautiful” at the 2018 Super Bowl™.

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A Jazz New Year's Eve: Branford Marsalis

Tue, Dec 31, 2019

Ring in 2020 in style when our always popular A Jazz New Year’s Eve returns to the Terrace Theater! This year stars jazz royalty Branford Marsalis, who has released more than 30 albums as a bandleader and saxophonist, racking up 16 Grammy® nominations and taking home three. Your ticket includes the Grand Foyer Party, a night packed with festive dancing to great bands, a countdown to midnight, a big balloon drop, and more!

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