It is a weekend of wreaths, with wreath-making workshops at Tudor Place and the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery. Two of the holiday shows being presented are at D.C. high schools: a double bill of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “A Motown Christmas” at Duke Ellington and “Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker” at Woodrow Wilson. For more December events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Heifetz Holiday Concert at the Kreeger
On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW, graduates of the Virginia-based Heifetz International Music Institute will perform a holiday-infused program of Baroque and classical masterworks under new Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen. Tickets are $25. For details, visit kreegermuseum.org or call 202-337-3050.
Wynton Marsalis at Strathmore
Legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will perform classical, jazz and holiday favorites will the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players — including spectacular young vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift — on Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $58 to $108. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.
Amahl and Motown at Duke Ellington School
Voices in Motion, the award-winning show choir of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW, presents a double bill of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “A Motown Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. For details, visit ellingtonschool.org or call 202-282-0123.
Wreaths Across America
Hosted by Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer, this year’s Wreaths Across America will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15. Those taking part in this free, family-friendly event will meet at Pentagon Row Plaza, 1101 South Joyce St. in Arlington, Virginia, and walk over to the South Gate of Arlington National Cemetery at 7:30 a.m. Following the opening ceremonies, wreaths will be laid on each of the nearly quarter million graves. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Library Program: ‘The Acrobat & the Angel’
The DC Public Library’s Georgetown branch, 3260 R St. NW, will host the illustrator and author of “The Acrobat & the Angel,” the latest book in the “Grow Up, David!” series, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. After brothers David and Mark Shannon read from and sign copies of the book and give a drawing demonstration, children can make their own jumping acrobat art. The free event, sponsored by Dumbarton Oaks in conjunction with its “Juggling the Middle Ages” exhibition, is recommended for age 4 and older. For details, visit dclibrary.org or call 202-727-0257.
Dance Performance: ‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’
Also on Saturday, Dec 15, at 6:30 p.m., Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will give a free performance of “We Choose to Go to the Moon,” a piece Burgess developed in collaboration with NASA, in the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Theater, 8th and F Street NW. George Washington University Space Policy Institute founder John Logsdon will be guest speaker. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.
Wreath Workshops at Tudor Place
On Saturday, Dec 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, will offer instruction and materials for participants to design their own beautiful and historic decoration from greens fresh-cut from the garden’s heirloom plants, such as holly, pine, cedar, magnolia and cypress (the workshop on Sunday afternoon focuses on herbal wreaths). No experience is required. Tickets are $55. For details, visit tudorplace.org or call 202-965-0400.
Cathedral Choral Society’s ‘Joy of Christmas’
The Cathedral Choral Society, conducted by Steven Fox, presents “Joy of Christmas,” a program of Christmas favorites, a newly commission carol by Paul Moravec and a festive carol sing-along, at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Also performing will be Seraph Brass, carillonneur Edward Nassor and organist Jeremy Filsell. Performances are Saturday, Dec 15, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $81.50. For details, visit cathedarlchoralsociety.org or call 202-537-2228.
Christmas with Voce
Voce Chamber Singers will perform Ottorino Respighi’s glittering neo-Baroque cantata “Lauda per la Natività del Signore (Laud to the Nativity)” on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road NE in Vienna, Virginia. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors and $10 for students). For details, visit vocechambersingers.org or call 703-277-7772.
Light Up The Season
Benefiting Children’s National, this family-friendly fundraising event — on Sunday, Dec. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — highlights collaborations between patients and 23 area designers and artists, who have created holiday trees, mantelpieces, wreaths, menorahs and artwork available for purchase. Tickets are $85 ($50 for age 16 and under). For details, visit childrensnational.org.
‘Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker’
Also on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., Momentum Dance Theatre presents “Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker,” its unique contemporary spin on the traditional holiday show, at Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Jazz Hip Hop Academy students and guest artists have joined Momentum’s professional company in the cast. Advance tickets are $23, $20 for seniors and youth and $14 for under age 10. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
‘A Bohemian Christmas’ at the Atlas
The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, will present the 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, directed by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde and trumpeter Joe Herrera, on Monday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($25 in advance and $13 for seniors, students and military). For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 399-7993.