5 Reasons We Love The Holidays at the Kennedy Center (Video)

By Gregory Hughes

The Kennedy Center wrapped in a bow from 1997; photo by Carol Pratt.


2016 marked the 43rd anniversary of one of our favorite holiday traditions. Hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around Washington, D.C. gathered to play traditional Christmas music in the Concert Hall as part of our free Millennium Stage series, which features a free performance every day at 6 p.m. You have to see it to believe it.

A Jazz Piano Christmas

This year, the Kennedy Center and NPR presented a special family affair for our annual jazz holiday concert. Husband Bill Charlap and wife Renee Rosnes joined Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens to perform an infectiously joyful show of seasonal favorites in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

WNO Favorite Soloman Howard Sings “The Grinch Song”

We love the song. We love Soloman Howard. The two together is borderline overwhelming. From our annual holiday concert featuring Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, watch the opera star perform a searing rendition of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

Our Annual Presentation of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday favorite. The Kennedy Center Opera House is the perfect backdrop to experience it anew, year after year. This season we welcomed Cincinnati Ballet to D.C. with its fresh production. Take a special peek behind the scenes at the company’s class, broadcasted live on Facebook this past November.

Kennedy Center Honors

Perfectly situated in the midst of holiday festivities, Kennedy Center Honors airs nationally on CBS December 27 at 9/8c. Gather with the whole family and experience an intergenerational tribute to legendary artists.

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