December entertainment guide 2021

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews December entertainment (Part 1)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be in the D.C. area!

This month brings a ton of fun events around town for the holidays.

Here’s our December Entertainment Guide:

December Entertainment Guide

Dec. 1: “The Power of the Dog” in movie theaters

Dec. 1: Chante Moore at City Winery

Dec. 1-5: “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at National Theatre

Dec. 1-26: “Seven Guitars” at Arena Stage

Dec. 1-26: “Cinderella” at Synetic Theater

Dec. 1-26: Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Warner Theatre

Dec. 1-27: “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre

Dec. 1-Jan. 2: “Rent” at Signature Theatre

Dec. 1-Jan. 2: “A Strange Loop” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Dec. 1-Jan. 2: “Beauty and the Beast” at Olney Theatre

Dec. 1-Jan. 9: “White Christmas” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Dec. 1-Jan. 9: “Once Upon One More Time” at Shakespeare Theatre

Dec. 2: Bob Dylan at The Anthem

Dec. 2: JacksFilms at Fillmore Silver Spring

Dec. 3: GIVEON at Howard Theatre

Dec. 3: Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith at Capital One Hall

Dec. 3-4: The Isley Brothers at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Dec. 3-4: Chris Botti at The Birchmere

Dec. 4: Deadmau5 at Echostage

Dec. 4: Mannheim Steamroller at Strathmore

Dec. 4: “A Jazz Piano Christmas” at Kennedy Center

Dec. 4: Steve-O at Capital Turnaround

Dec. 4-5: Bruno Mars at MGM National Harbor

Dec. 4-18: Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long From Home

Dec. 4-12: Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s Holiday Show at Lincoln Theatre

Dec. 5: The 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors

Dec. 5: Emmylou Harris at The Hamilton

Dec. 5: Keith Sweat at EagleBank Arena

Dec. 6-7: Sarah Brightman at Strathmore

Dec. 7: America at The Birchmere

Dec. 7: Jefferson Starship at The Maryland Theatre

Dec. 7: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Capital One Hall

Dec. 7-8: Gordon Lightfoot at Rams Head Annapolis

Dec. 7-12: “Tootsie” at National Theatre

Dec. 9: KT Tunstall at The Birchmere

Dec. 9: Mt. Joy at Rams Head Baltimore

Dec. 9: Svdden Death at 9:30 Club

Dec. 9: Taylor Swift Dance Party at Union Stage

Dec. 9-10: Ingrid Michaelson’s “Holiday Pops” at Kennedy Center

Dec. 9-12: Dave Attell at DC Improv

Dec. 9-19: Step Afrika! Magical Holiday at Atlas Performing Arts Center

Dec. 19: Lil Baby at Royal Farms Arena

Dec. 10: “Don’t Look Up” in movie theaters

Dec. 10: “West Side Story” in movie theaters

Dec. 10: “Being the Ricardos” in movie theaters

Dec. 10-11: Eric Church at The Anthem

Dec. 10-11: Wayne Shorter & Esperanza Spalding at Kennedy Center

Dec. 10-18: Folger Consort presents “A Medieval Christmas”

Dec. 10-31: “An Irish Carol” at Keegan Theatre

Dec. 11: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at The Birchmere

Dec. 11-13: Bobcat Goldthwait at DC Comedy Loft

Dec. 11-Jan. 9: “A Snowy Nite at the Dew Drop Inn” at Anacostia Playhouse

Dec. 12: Andrea Bocelli at Capital One Arena

Dec. 12: Eric Byrd Trio at The Hamilton

Dec. 12: Karol G at DAR Constitution Hall

Dec. 14-15: MisterWives at 9:30 Club

Dec. 14-Jan. 2: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at Kennedy Center

Dec. 15: John Waters at The Birchmere

Dec. 15-Jan. 16: “Ain’t Too Proud” at Kennedy Center

Dec. 16: Jennifer Nettles at Capital One Hall

Dec. 16-17: Carbon Leaf at The Birchmere

Dec. 16-19: “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” at MGM National Harbor

Dec. 16-19: Tommy Davidson at DC Improv

Dec. 16-23: Washington Chorus’ “Candlelight Christmas” at Strathmore & Kennedy Center

Dec. 16-March 6: “Flight” at Studio Theatre

Dec. 17: “Nightmare Alley” in movie theaters

Dec. 17: “Spider-Man” No Way Home” in movie theaters

Dec. 17: “The Lost Daughter” in movie theaters

Dec. 17: Grand Funk Railroad at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town

Dec. 18: Paula Poundstone at Rams Head Annapolis

Dec. 18: David Shaw of The Revivalists at Union Stage

Dec. 18-19: National Philharmonic’s “Handel’s Messiah” at Strathmore

Dec. 18-24: Choral Arts Society’s “Family Christmas” at Kennedy Center

Dec. 19: Holiday Blues-a-Palooza at Pearl Street Warehouse

Dec. 19: Kansas at Capital One Hall

Dec. 20: Kenny G at The State Theatre

Dec. 21: Marshall Tucker Band at Rams Head Annapolis

Dec. 21-26: Marcus Johnson Christmas Residency at Blues Alley

Dec. 20-22: Kurtis Blow’s “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker” at Strathmore

Dec. 20-24: Choral Arts Society’s “Christmas Music” at Kennedy Center

Dec. 22: “The Matrix Resurrections” in movie theaters

Dec. 22: Damien Escobar at Rams Head Annapolis

Dec. 23: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Capital One Arena

Dec. 25: “Licorice Pizza” in movie theaters

Dec. 25: “The Tragedy of Macbeth” in movie theaters

Dec. 26: The Roots Holiday Tour at Kennedy Center

Dec. 27: Max Weinberg at The Birchmere

Dec. 28: Tiesto at Echostage

Dec. 28: WWE Live Holiday Tour at Capital One Arena

Dec. 28-Jan. 1: John Oliver at Kennedy Center

Dec. 28-Jan. 2: “Pretty Woman” at National Theatre

Dec. 29: Tony Woods at DC Improv

Dec. 29: Zedd at Echostage

Dec. 30: Bela Dona at The Birchmere

Dec. 30: “Joyful Holiday Experience” at DAR Constitution Hall

Dec. 31: “A Jazz New Year’s Eve” with Dianne Reeves at Kennedy Center

Dec. 31: E.U. & Sugar Bear at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Dec. 31: “Queer Eye” returns to Netflix

Dec. 31: “Cyrano” in movie theaters

Dec. 31: “New Year’s Eve Ball” at The Black Cat

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews December entertainment (Part 2)

Jason Fraley

Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.

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