From the ballet to Shakespeare or just a night checking out holiday lights, we’ve got our roundup of adult fun for a date night with your other half or just a night out with friends. Here are our top picks for December 20 to 22 in and around Annapolis, Baltimore and DC.
Friday, December 20
Georgetown Glow: Light Art Festival
Through Jan. 5. Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, a spectacular outdoor public light art installations. 5–10 p.m. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington.
Jolly Express Cruise
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in Dec. Enjoy a 45-minute Spa Creek cruise aboard the Miss Anne, while the boat is decorated in reindeer antlers and a lit up red nose. Reservations recommended. $13–$23. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis.
Dec. 20-21.The Annapolis Chorale’s annual performances of “Messiah” feature world-class soloists, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and, of course, the Annapolis Chorale, as they all come together in historic St. Anne’s Church for a powerful presentation of this iconic work. 8 p.m. $18 students; $51 adults. St. Anne’s Church, Church Circle, Annapolis.
The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker
Nov. 23–Dec. 29. This Nutcracker performance is set in historic Georgetown using George Washington and King George III, among other historical figures, as characters. $30–$60. Thearc Theater, Washington, D.C. $32–$130. Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 20. Festive favorites, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a musical surprises. Plus, the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall will become a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, an opportunity for family photos and holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. $17.50–$80. 3 and 8 p.m. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Batlimore.
Saturday, December 21
A Christmas Carol
Weekends through Dec. 29. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” is a beloved holiday performance. $30–$40. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis.
Holiday Candlelight Stroll
Fridays and Saturdays (except Dec. 14). Holiday walk through downtown Annapolis. $12–$21. 7–8:30 p.m. Downtown Annapolis.
A Christmas Carol
Select days Dec. 6–24. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Ebenezer Scrooge to thaw his frozen heart with a timeless message. This production is set in Baltimore. $19-49. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore.
A Christmas Carol
Through Dec. 29. It’s the 10th Anniversary of Olney’s favorite Christmas tradition—the one-person A Christmas Carol that relies on Dickens’s original script. Paul Morella’s captivating performance of the Dickens classic keeps audiences coming back season and after season. Olney Threatre Center, Olney.
A Christmas Story
Through January 5. It’s the holiday season in 1940s Indiana and bespectacled Ralphie Parker is on a quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—a Red Ryder BB gun! The infamous leg lamp, pink bunny PJ’s and a triple dog dare are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Children $49.50, adults $65–$70. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia.
Through Dec.29. This holiday satire from the twisted minds at Second City, gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you’re going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation. $50–$75. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Sunday, December 22
Celebrate Chanukah with this groundbreaking, six-man a cappella group that brings unprecedented style and energy to Jewish music with the power of the human voice. Anchored by a strong Jewish identity and fueled by soulful harmonies, intricate arrangements and a dynamic, full-band-like sound, Six13 aims to connect the Jewish community with their powerful vocals and Jewish musical heritage. $23. 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Owings Mills.
A Broadway Holiday
Select dates through December 28. Holiday show-stoppers with new song and dance numbers performed by Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s popular Broadway performers and a live band. $31.50. 8 p.m. Annapols Shakespeare Company’s Main Stage, Annapolis.
For more ideas be sure to check our full Calendar of Events!