(Dec. 8-11) Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie
The region’s holiday fun really knows no limits. For proof you can turn to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie through Sunday. The symphony brings the familiar holiday tunes. The circus brings the less familiar holiday aerial feats, strong-men, jugglers and contortionists.
(Dec. 9-11) Navidad 101
You can get an idea how Christmas is celebrated across the pond without even leaving Northwest Washington this weekend. The 2011 Christmas Revels features traditional Spanish carols and dance dating back to medieval Andalusia at the Lisner Auditorium. The Grosvenor Auditorium has Irish Christmas Saturday night with Celtic dance, music and storytelling. And the Hillwood Museum transforms for a Russian Winter Festival with folk music, festive dining and arts and crafts Saturday and Sunday.
(Dec. 10-11) Handel’s Messiah
If the season isn’t the season without a few “Hallelujahs!” you can take in performances of Handel’s Messiah with the National Philharmonic Saturday and Sunday at Strathmore in North Bethesda or Sunday with the New Dominion Chorale and four young soloists at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria.
Music: “Christmas in Las Vegas” by Los Straitjackets