Holiday Happenings…

Sick toddlers colliding with pre-Christmas prep and deadlines is really  just a cruel reality, isn’t it? So bear with me this week. Today I offer you a list of some really fun holiday events that are happening either this week during the week or within the next two weeks – these events appeal to anyone who loves baseball and ballet, live beautiful music & trains or is celebrating Hanukkah.

 

It's a little grainy but clearly the Presidents are graceful...

For Ballet and Baseball Lovers on Wednesday Dec 14:

For the second year, Tom, George, Abe and Teddy – the Nationals’ Racing Presidents – will be making a special appearance in the Washington Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. On Wednesday, December 14 the Mount Rushmore Four will take the stage at the Warner Theater in Artistic Director Septime Webre’s unique interpretation of the holiday classic. 
 
For your reference, here is a link to video of the Presidents’ performance from last year:
 
 Capital Accord Chorus: Women’s Barbershop Style A Cappella Group at U.S. Botanical Gardens & The Willard:

Really, the combination of the amazing holiday display and trains at the U.S. Botanical Gardens along with beautiful music is something that is hard for anyone to want to miss. Even better, a neighborhood friend of mine is one of the performers in the Capital Accord Chorus! So this week, you have not one but TWO chances to soak in some beautiful live music along with treating the kids to the dazzling displays at the Botanical Gardens or if you miss that, enjoy the warmth and lovely holiday decorations at the Willard along with some holiday cheer:

 Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

U.S. Botanic Garden (100 Maryland Ave. SW, on the National Mall near the Capitol building)
The Botanic Garden has beautiful holiday displays of plants and miniature trains, and we’ll be singing for a few hours (repeating a set) so there’s plenty of time to explore the greenhouses and to hear the singing too.

Thursday, Dec. 15, 5:00-5:45 p.m

Willard Hotel lobby (1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, D.C.)
Rumor has it that not only can the chorus’ beautiful music be heard in the lobby, it will also be piped out to the sidewalk in front of the Willard.

To celebrate Hanukkah, check out these two great events:

Date: Sunday, December 18th
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: The Shops at Wisconsin Place, Chevy Chase, MD
Cost: Free
Who: The whole family!
Host: B’Nai Tzedek
 
Spend some time with your kids discovering new ways to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. This year, Hanukkah is coming to families where they shop, at the Shops at Wisconsin Place on Sunday, December 18th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This free event for the whole family includes activities like origami dreidel-making, Hanukkah story time, and calendar decorating (featuring Elmo, Ernie, and other Muppet friends from Shalom Sesame ©2011 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved), as well as a free raffle with lots of exciting prizes. Congregation B’Nai Tzedek will be hosting this exciting and engaging Hands-on Hanukkah program, for the entire family to learn more about the traditions and celebration of this fun winter holiday. All families with young children welcome!
 
 Date: Wednesday, December 21st
Time: 12:30 to 3:30 PM
Location: Westfield Montgomery Mall
Cost: Free
Who: The whole family!
Host: Washington Hebrew Congregation
 
Spend some time with your kids discovering new ways to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. This year, Hanukkah is coming to families where they shop, at the Westfield Montgomery Mall on Wednesday, December 21st from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM. This free event for the whole family includes activities like origami dreidel-making, Hanukkah story time, and calendar decorating (featuring Elmo, Ernie, and other Muppet friends from Shalom Sesame ©2011 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved), as well as a free raffle with lots of exciting prizes. Washington Hebrew Congregation will be hosting this exciting and engaging Hands-on Hanukkah program, for the entire family to learn more about the traditions and celebration of this fun winter holiday. All families with young children welcome!

Go forth and be merry….and for more holiday fun and some parental angst, be sure to “like” the Wired Momma FB page!

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