2022 Northern Virginia Christmas Events

Every year, there are always a large number of Northern Virginia Christmas events. Whether you are interested in perennial concert favorites like The Nutcracker or Handel’s Messiah, dazzling light displays, historic presentations, or Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies, the area has something to offer for just about everyone!

Below are some of my top recommendations for Christmas Events in the Northern Virginia area in 2022.

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2022 Northern Virginia Christmas Events

EventEvent TypeDatesTickets
The Washington Ballet Presents The NutcrackerConcertNovember 25 – December 30, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
Manassas Ballet Theatre Presents The NutcrackerConcertDecember 16 – December 23, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
Kansas City Ballet Presents The NutcrackerConcertNovember 23 – November 27, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
NSO Pops: Frozen in ConcertConcertNovember 25 – 26, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
NPR’s A Jazz Piano ChristmasConcertDecember 3, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
WickedConcertDecember 8, 2022 – January 22, 2023Tickets can be purchased here
A Holiday Pops with Laura BenantiConcertDecember 9 – 10, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
A Magical Cirque ChristmasConcertDecember 16 – 18, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
Handel’s Messiah at the National CathedralConcertDecember 2 – 4, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
The National Symphony Orchestra Presents Handel’s MessiahConcertDecember 15 – 18, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
MeadowlarkLighting DisplaysNovember 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023Tickets can be purchased here
Bull Run Festival of LightsLighting DisplaysNovember 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023Tickets can be purchased here
Fairfax Christmas LightsLighting DisplaysThroughout the Holiday SeasonNot Applicable
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2022Tree Lighting CeremoniesNovember 30, 2022Not Applicable
National Harbor Tree LightingTree Lighting CeremoniesNovember 12 – December 31, 2022Not Applicable
Tysons Corner Tree LightingTree Lighting CeremoniesNovember 18, 2022Not Applicable
Ice at Gaylord National HarborWinter ActivitiesNovember 20 – December 31, 2022Tickets can be purchased here
Mount VernonHistoric SitesNovember 25 – 26,
December 2 – 3,
December 9 – 10,
December 18, 2022
Tickets can be purchased here

Concerts

The Washington Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location

The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Dates

November 25 – December 30, 2022

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here

Description

The Washington Ballet hosts an annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s timeless, whimsical classic, The Nutcracker. Their version features a Washington, D.C.-inspired take on the tale. 


Manassas Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker

Location

Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA. 

Dates

December 16 – December 23, 2022

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here

Description

Closer to Northern Virginia, the Manassas Ballet Theatre also presents The Nutcracker at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA. 


Kansas City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Dates

November 23 – November 27, 2022

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here

Description

For a limited engagement, the Kansas City Ballet will be presenting The Nutcracker as part of the Kennedy Center’s annual tradition of showcasing the best Nutcracker’s from all over the country. 

The Kansas City Ballet’s production features fancy scenery and costumes to bring the holiday classic to life.


NSO Pops: Frozen in Concert

Location

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Dates

November 25 – 26, 2022

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here.

Description

Music from the blockbuster animated film Frozen comes to life in a special concert that is sure to help get you in the Christmas spirit!

The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing all of the great songs from the movie, including “Let it Go”, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, and “First Time in Forever”.


NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas

Location

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Dates

December 3, 2022

Tickets

You can purchase tickets here.

Description

For Jazz lovers out there, the Kennedy Center will be hosting a trio of fantastic jazz pianist performing holiday classics. This year’s event features Hiromi, Bob Thompson, and José André Montaño.


Wicked

Location

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Dates

December 8, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Tickets

You can purchase tickets here.

Description

The blockbuster Broadway musical is not specifically Christmas-themed, but it is a magical delight for the whole family to enjoy during the holiday season. The musical tells the story of the witches from the Wizard of Oz.

The popular show will be running for most of December and even most of January. However, make sure to reserve tickets in advance, as the show often sells out.


A Holiday Pops with Laura Benanti

Location

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Dates

December 9 – 10, 2022

Tickets

You can purchase tickets here.

Description

Tony Award®–winning actress and singer Laura Benanti joins the National Symphony Orchestra for the annual holiday concert, which features sing-alongs and classic carols.


A Magical Cirque Christmas

Location

The National Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Dates

December 16 – 18, 2022

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here.

Description

A Magical Cirque Christmas combines the magic of the Christmas season with acrobatics and other incredible acts. It is not Cirque du Soleil but it has many similarities with the famous troupe. It is a great option for the whole family.


Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral

Location

The Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

Dates

December 2 – 4, 2022

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here

Description

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the National Cathedral, the Washington National Cathedral Choir and Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra present Handel’s glorious Messiah. The performance also features world-class soloists. 


The National Symphony Orchestra Presents Handel’s Messiah

Location

The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

Dates

December 15 – 18, 2022

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here

Description

The National Symphony Orchestra also presents a performance of Handel’s Messiah. The production will be done in a more intimate style inspired by the way it was premiered in Dublin in 1741, which makes this a unique experience of a holiday favorite.


Lighting Displays

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Meadowlark

Location

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA

Dates

November 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Tickets

I recommend reserving tickets ahead of time, as the event can sell out. 

Description

Every holiday season, Meadowlark Park, located in Vienna, VA, hosts the Winter Walk of Lights. I have attended numerous years in a row with my family, and we thoroughly enjoy it.

The event features a half-mile walking path outside among dazzling Christmas light displays, and the exhibits feature music, fountains, automated animals, and much more.

There is also a gift shop, plus hot cider, hot chocolate, and other snacks for purchase. 


Bull Run Festival of Lights

Location

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

Dates

November 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online here

Description

Bull Run Regional Park offers a 2.5-mile drive-through holiday light display, similar to the display at Meadowlark, only note Meadowlark is a walking light tour, while Bull Run is a driving light tour. 


Fairfax Christmas Lights

Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights is a fun resource for all of the best local holiday light displays in Northern Virginia. You can use this guide to find the closest displays to your home, or create your own custom-made driving routes to check out the best local displays. This could be a fun evening and weekend activity for the family!

The website also includes other local holiday events. The site is updated daily in December each year. 


Tree Lighting Ceremonies

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2022

Location

15th St NW &, E St NW, Washington, DC 20500

Dates

November 30, 2022

Tickets

Not Applicable

Description

The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony by the White House will be taking place on November 30, 2022. It will also be aired live on CBS.

Performers for the event include LL Cool J, Shania Twain, The Estefans, Andy Grammer, Joss Stone, and more. 


National Harbor Tree Lighting

In addition, there will be a fireworks show every Saturday.

Location

National Harbor, Maryland

Dates

November 12, 2022 to December 31, 2022

Description

The 54-foot tree will be on display and will feature a light show every half hour from sunset to 9 pm. 

On Saturday nights from November 12 – December 17 the show will begin at 5:30 pm and feature fireworks.


Tysons Corner Tree Lighting

Location

Tysons Corner Shopping Center, McLean, VA

Date

November 18, 2022: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tickets

Not Applicable

Description

Tysons Corner Shopping Center will be hosting a tree-lighting event in late November. The event will take place on November 18, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Winter Activities

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Ice at Gaylord National Harbor

Location

Gaylord National Resort, National Habor, Maryland

Dates

November 20 – December 31, 2022

Tickets

You can purchase tickets here.

Description

Ice at Gaylord National Harbor is a really fun event that transforms a large section of the hotel into a winter wonderland of ice. It is a bit like walking through an amusement park ride at Disney World that is made of ice.

You can walk through the incredible ice sculptures, statues, and buildings. This year the ice sculptures are inspired by A Christmas Story.

Note that it is quite cold (as you can imagine) so definitely bring warm clothes.


Historic Sites

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Mount Vernon

Location

Mount Vernon, Virginia

Dates

  • November 25 – 26
  • December 2 – 3
  • December 9 – 10
  • December 18, 2022

Tickets

You can purchase tickets here.

Description

The historic home of George Washington hosts a fabulous Christmas tradition every holiday season. The home is decorated with candles, garlands, trees, and ribbons for the holidays.

You can take a 45-minute special guided candlelit tours and learn more about Christmas traditions back in the colonial era. It is a magical and memorable way to experience the historic site.

The festivities feature fireworks on December 16 and 17, 2022.


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