FYIDC: Holiday Hot Spots

by Editorial

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Get in the holiday spirit with these festive, family friendly activities.

Cirque du Soleil Dreams Holidaze come to DC this season.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze come to DC this season

The Traditionalist

What: Family Brunches with Santa; A Washington holiday institution – the Sunday brunch buffet provides diners with various pastries, gourmet salads and fresh oysters against the backdrop of a monumental view. Tasty treats include French toast and made-to-order omelets. In between ordering, you can tell old St. Nick what you want for Christmas.

Where: Rooftop terrace at the Kennedy Center

When: Sunday, November 28, December 12 and December 19 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

How Much: $39.95 for adults and $20 for children ages 4-11. Call 202-416-8555 for reservations or reserve with open table.

ICE! Experience at Gaylord National Harbor

ICE! Experience at Gaylord National Harbor

The Young at Heart

What: Ice! Experience; Chill out at this 15,000- square foot winter wonderland made entirely of ice. Dozens of artists traveled from China to create this one -of- a kind  world with a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” theme. Exhibits include “The Art of Seuss: A Retrospective” and “From Harbin to WHO-ville”, along with ice skating and Mrs. Claus’ craft corner.

Where: Gaylord National Harbor

When: Now until January 9, 2011

How Much: $24- $29 for adults, $13- $18 for children (ages 4 – 12). Call 301-965-4000 for tickets or order online.

Acrobats perform amazing feats at the Kennedy Center

Acrobats perform amazing feats at the Kennedy Center

The Quirk

What: Cirque Dreams Holidaze; Cirque Dreams brings its usual awe-inspiring magic to this breathtaking holiday production with familiar festive friends. These include gingerbread men, toy soldiers and penguins attempting all manner of daring feats.

Where: The Kennedy Center

When: December 7 to 12 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

How Much: $31 to $110; Group discounts available by calling 202-416-8400 or online tickets.

The Sugar Plum Fairy

What:The Nutcracker; No holiday would be complete without a production of “The Nutcracker Ballet”. The Metropolitan Ballet’s full-length staging (performed since 1989), remains faithful to the original. Performances showcase both students and professional dancers, making it the perfect family event.

Where: The Metropolitan Theatre (Rockville, Maryland)

When: December 3 to 5 and December 10 to 12; tickets available only at

How much: $17 (groups of 10+), $18 (seniors), $20 (in advance), $22 (at the door)

The Environmentally Conscious

What: Seasons Greetings at Botanic Gardens; The annual holiday exhibit highlights the relationship between plants and how people use them to celebrate the season. The exhibit adds a bit of Washington flair, including famous buildings made from plant materials, as well as a garden railway with world landmarks from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America

Where: U.S. Botanic Gardens

When: Now until January 2, 2011

How Much: FREE! For more information call 202- 235- 8333.

Celebrate the season at the Washington National Cathedral

Celebrate the season at the Washington National Cathedral

The Music Lover

What: National Cathedral Presents Handel’s Messiah; Handel’s masterpiece is performed in a magical cathedral setting with a Baroque- period orchestra and guest soloists accompanying the choirs conducted by Michael McCarthy.

Where: Washington National Cathedral

When: December 3 (7:30 p.m.), December 4 (4 p.m.), December 5 (4 p.m.)

How Much: $25 to $85, for more information call 202- 537- 6200 or order tickets online.

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