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Staycation: The Kennedy Center

December 23, 2011

Driving across the Key Bridge from Virginia to DC, the most beautiful sight on the horizon is the Kennedy Center.

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Back in the day — okay,  just a few years ago — the Kennedy Center would be wrapped in a giant red ribbon over the holidays.

washingtonpost.com

Today the ribbon is gone but the Kennedy Center is still the best place in town to hear live music over the holidays. What makes it even better is that a lot of this music is free thanks to Millennium Stage. The stage says it all: Performing Arts For Everyone.

Millennium Stage has free shows every single day at 6pm, no ticket required. (See the schedule.) Sometimes it’s local bands and school groups. Other times it’s Broadway stars, indie bands or big-name musicians who just want to put on a free show.

Besides daily free shows, the Kennedy Center offers a little bit of everything: choral concerts, Broadway plays and musicals, comedy routines, ballet, opera, classical music….

It’s been a family tradition as long as I can remember to attend a Christmas concert at the Kennedy Center every year. When I was younger, it was always a sing-along family show with Santa Claus as the ‘surprise’ guest. This year, we went to The Washington Chorus’ A Candlelit Christmas. It’s always beautiful to see and hear the chorus swell from a few dozen voices on-stage to hundreds as members carrying candles stream in down the aisles. Beautiful.

thewashingtonchorus.org

If you’re staying in town over the holiday weekend and looking for something to do, consider stopping by the Kennedy Center for a show. It’s an All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam on Sunday at 6pm (free!). There are also performances of Billy Elliot the Musical (love!), Ann and Shear Madness so there’s plenty to do on Christmas Day in DC.

I also just signed up for MyTix, a program for under-30s to buy discounted tickets and be invited to special events. If you’re an under-30 Washingtonian who loves the performing arts, signing up seems like a no-brainer.

What’s your favorite performance space in DC? I love the Kennedy Center for its grandeur but Woolly Mammoth puts on the most interesting and brilliant shows.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristin permalink
    December 23, 2011 9:44 am

    Why did they take down the red ribbon? I like it! Pretty 🙂

  2. December 23, 2011 10:33 pm

    Thanks for telling us about MyTix! I just signed up!!

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