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Thursday, December 21

7:00 P.M., A John Waters Christmas at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria. The director’s guide to surviving the season. $55, info.  

11:00 A.M., Brief Assembly Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. Continues thru Sunday. Savvy shoppers will have the chance to peruse an array of items perfect for gifting from more than 20 local and national brands. Continues Thurs-Sun until Christmas Eve. Free, info

5:00 P.M., Tim Green Quartet at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F St. NW. Saxophonist and composer Tim Green and his quartet pay tribute to one of the most universally recognized composers and saxophonists, Wayne Shorter. Free, info.

8:00 P.M., Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, DMC, MAJOR and the Crossrhodes perform at The Howard Theater, 620 T St. NW. $35 - $69.50, info

7:00 – 9:00 P.M., Christmas Tour of Washington, D.C. including the National Christmas Tree. Meet outside the McPherson Square Metro Station at the White House exit Vermont Ave. and I St NW. $20, info.  

Friday, December 22

4:00 – 8:00 P.M., Pop-Up Ice Lounge at Park at CityCenter, 825 10th St NW.  Enjoy a life-size, modern, ice igloo made of 36,000 pounds of ice blocks. Free, info

10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., A Perfect Fit: Oldric Royce and Marjorie Merriweather Post at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $5 - $15, info

7:30 P.M., "An American in Paris" at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. This Tony Award-winning musical comes to D.C. for the first time with music from George and Ira Gershwin. Production runs through Jan. 7, 2018. Ticket prices vary based on time/seat, info.  

1:30 – 4:00 P.M., "Mr. Popper's Penguins" at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. A musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s bestseller. A fun-filled family event for young kids! $20, info

Saturday, December 23

2:00 – 8:00 P.M., Ice Skating Rink at The Fairmont, 2401 M St. NW. The hotel’s interior courtyard will be transformed into a winter wonderland, including toasty fire pits and a 900 SF ice skating rink under the watchful eye of Santa Claus. $5 per hour of skating, info

6:00 – 8:30 P.M., Messiah Sing-Along at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Back by popular demand, the evening concert features conductor Nancia D'Alimonte as she leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200. Free, must RSVP

1:00 – 5:00 PM, The Ballet Theater of Maryland performs the holiday favorite The Nutcracker at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Md. $26 - $54, info

Sunday, December 24

1:00 P.M., Waterskiing Santa at Alexandria Waterfront Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, Virginia. Now in its 32nd year, this favorite DC-area Christmas Eve tradition comes to town with the athletic Santa and his wake-boarding reindeer. Free, info

11:00 A.M., Portraits of the World: Switzerland Exhibit on display at National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F St. NW. This exhibit begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Exhibit is open through Nov. 12, 2018. Free, info

9:00 P.M., Matzo Ball, the Largest Holiday Party in D.C. at The Hottest New Retro Mega Club in DC, 1219 Connecticut Ave NW. $30, info.  

Monday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 26

7:30 P.M., Live At The Fillmore at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. The definitive tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band. $10 - $23, info

11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M., The Dancing Diplomat, a Kwanzaa celebration combining African percussive dance, music, and storytelling with folklorist Nana Malaya Rucker at Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE. Free, info

Wednesday, December 27

11:30 A.M. / 4:00 P.M., Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The family-friendly show runs through Dec. 30. $18 - $40, info

8:00 P.M., The Illusionists playing at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to The Kennedy Center after sell-out shows in 2015! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. $89+, info.  

Thursday, December 28

10:00 P.M., Flosstradamus Phantoms perform at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30, info.  

9:00 P.M., ZEDD performs at Echo Stage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $50, info.  

Friday, December 29

7:00 – 9:00 P.M., Holiday Secrets of the National Cathedral Gargoyles, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Enjoy an outdoor exterior tour of the cathedral where we will observe the Gargoyles from many different locations. Meet at the front entrance – right by the main doors. $25, info.

7:30 – 10:00 P.M., Pre-New Years Eve Salsa Lessons and Party at UltraBar, 911 F St. NW. You do NOT need a partner to attend as we will rotate. Following the lessons, enjoy a hot night evening with South American Salsa and Tango and other favorites for you to test your dance skills.  $15, info

Saturday, December 30

6:30 P.M., Star Wars at the Smithsonian: THE LAST JEDI - 3D in IMAX with Post Nightlife Experience at Lockheed Martin Theater at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, 6 Independence Ave. SW.  $40, info.  

6:30 – 10:30 P.M., Limousine 2017 Year in Review Scavenger Hunt and Race beginning at the Roslyn Metro Station - Outside Panera (indoors), 1700 North Moore St., Arlington, Va. $65, info.  

Sunday, December 31

5:00 P.M., Ring in the New Year at Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Choose from two options: a four-course dinner from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $99, or a four-course dinner, DJ and dancing, champagne toast, and late-night snacks from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for $125, info.  

9:30 P.M., New Year’s Eve Performance & Party at Woolly Mammoth Theater, 641 D St. NW. ​Enjoy a special performance of The Second City’s Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains), followed by VIP party with the cast! Includes exclusive after-party with open bar, music and dancing, and a midnight champagne toast to ring in 2018. $90, info.

8:00 P.M., New Year’s Eve International Gala: A Cirque du 2018 International Celebration of Many Nations Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Enjoy cirque performances, live bands, Washington’s beloved mascots including:  Teddy from the Nationals, Slapshot from the Capitals, and G-Wiz from the Wizards! $120 - $230, info.

8:00 P.M., Celebrate the '80s / New Year at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Md. Enjoy '80s fashion. Dance the night away to your favorite '80s jams courtesy of The Deloreans and enjoy an open bar to toast in 2018. $160, info.

8:00 P.M., New Year's Eve Celebration at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. enjoy food stations and passed hors d'oeuvres until 10 p.m., a champagne toast and a midnight snack. Guests with table reservations also receive a table in The Living Room and a bottle of Moët & Chandon. $115+, info

9:30 P.M., annual Prohibition Party NYE 2018, at Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Enjoy a five-hour open bar, hors d' oeuvres, DJ/dancing, champagne toast and confetti shower at midnight. $100, info.

10:00 P.M., Winter Wonderland New Year's Eve Party at SAX Restaurant and Lounge, 734 11th St. NW. Live Cirque entertainment throughout the evening featuring aerialists, stilt walker, choreographed dance sets, lavish costumes, pole performers and go-go dancers. VIP Bottle Service and Live DJ. $50 - $75, info.