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The Second City's Love, Factually

Dec 6 – 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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Come From Away

Dec 10, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020

A Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. 

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National Symphony Orchestra at The Anthem: Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

The NSO continues its series of casual, affordable concerts—a new way to enjoy the symphony! To purchase tickets online, please click here.

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Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Celebrating the holiday season in all of its dysfunction, drag artist and MacArthur “genius” Taylor Mac returns to the Kennedy Center with a show that'll "cure your Christmas blues" (San Francisco Chronicle). Just announced! The award winning co-host of NPR's All Things Considered Ari Shapiro joins the show!  

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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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Art Ensemble of Chicago
50th Anniversary

Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Celebrate 50 years of the radically experimental Art Ensemble of Chicago! Founder and newly announced NEA Jazz Master Roscoe Mitchell revamps his vision, commemorating the group’s 50th anniversary with a concert event featuring elaborate costumes, theater, dance, and more; always challenging the notion of what a performance should be.

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My Fair Lady

Dec 17, 2019 – Jan 19, 2020

From Lincoln Center Theater comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady

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The Roots

Sun, Dec 29, 2019

The legendary Roots crew is one of the best known and most respected Hip Hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys including "Best R&B Album" for Wake Up!, "Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance" for "Hang in There" (with John Legend), and "Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance" for "Shine." They've been named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and recently announced development of a new animated children's series and live action children's series.

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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 admission to the Grand Foyer for a night packed with festive dancing, champagne bars, photo booth, a countdown to midnight, a big balloon drop, and more!

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