It’s not too late to get your season on. Playing through Sunday: “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s, “An Irish Carol” at the Keegan and “Twist Your Dickens” at the Kennedy Center. On Saturday, Strathmore hosts a “Salute to Vienna” with champion ballroom dancers. Then ring in 2018 in Georgetown at Malmaison or Tony and Joe’s (among other festive spots) or across the Potomac at First Night Alexandria.
‘A Christmas Carol’
This music-infused production at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, captures the magic and joy of Charles Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge. A Washington tradition for more than 35 years, the production is recommended for age 5 and older. Performances are Thursday, Dec. 28, and Friday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 30, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $34 to $107. For details, visit fords.org or call 888-616-0270.
‘An Irish Carol’
After premiering in 2011 to rave reviews, Matthew Keenan’s “An Irish Carol” has become an annual tradition at the Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. An homage to Dickens’s classic, the show follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity. Due to strong language, the production is recommended for age 16 and older. Performances are Thursday, Dec. 28, Friday, Dec. 29, and Saturday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 31, at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $45. For details, visit keegantheatre.com or call 202-265-3767.
The Second City’s ‘Twist Your Dickens’
The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Performances in the Theater Lab at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, are Thursday, Dec. 28, and Friday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31, at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 to $79. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
DC’s Finest (DooWop Cops)
Also at the Kennedy Center, on Friday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m., there will be a free Millennium Stage performance by DC’s Finest (DooWop Cops), an a cappella group consisting of active and retired D.C. police officers. The group is described as soldiers in their own army, attempting to bring about harmony on and off the stage. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
‘Salute to Vienna’ New Year’s Concert
On Saturday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m., Bernhard Schneider will conduct the Strauss Symphony of America in a New Year’s concert featuring soprano Micaëla Oeste, tenor Tilmann Unger, dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and international champion ballroom dancers at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $69 to $125. For details, visit strathmore.org.
And now, to New Year’s Eve, when you can (theoretically) start the day in Alexandria, have a bottomless brunch on Wisconsin Avenue, jazz it up at the Kennedy Center, then party until the wee hours back in Georgetown …
First Night Alexandria
First Night on the Alexandria, Virginia, waterfront kicks off at 10 a.m. Retail stores, churches, museums and public buildings will be turned into performance venues to showcase local and regional talent. There will also be clowns making balloon sculptures, face painters and magicians. The event culminates with a fireworks display at midnight. An admission badge is $30 (fireworks show is free for all; badge is free for 12 and under and active military). For details, visit firstnightalexandria.org.
Via Umbria Bottomless Brunch
The home of all things Umbrian, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, is offering three courses and bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Aperol Spritzes at 12:30 p.m. for $35. For details, visit viaumbria.com or call 202-333-3904.
A Jazz New Year’s Eve: Dee Dee Bridgewater’s ‘Memphis’
NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater sings songs from her new album “Memphis … Yes, I’m Ready” at the Kennedy Center. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. and tickets are $79. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Midnight in Paris at Malmaison
The themed celebration at Georgetown’s Malmaison, 3401 K St. NW, includes a one-hour open bar, Top 40 tunes with DJ Mova, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” party favors and a champagne toast for $65. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
New Year’s Eve at Maté Lounge
Also on K Street, Maté Lounge, 3101 K St. NW, is offering a one-hour open bar, a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast for $80. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
River Bash at Tony and Joe’s
Right on the waterfront, Tony and Joe’s, 3000 K St. NW, is hosting its River Bash with live music, DJs, appetizers and eight top-shelf open bars for $100. For details, visit tonyandjoes.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-328-1086.
Ready for a fresh start on New Year’s Day?
Fit DC Fresh Start 5K
At 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Mayor Muriel Bowser invites D.C. residents to show up in Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive, to run, walk or just cheer folks on. The Fit DC Fresh Start 5K is part of the One Billion Steps Challenge. There is no entry fee and free T-shirts will be distributed. For details, visit dpr.dc.gov.