In between baking cookies for Santa, wrapping-wrapping-wrapping, and egg nog fueled dance parties, don’t forget to slow down and take in the moment of this holiday weekend. For guidance head over to Kennedy Center for a sweet family-friendly jazz performance, celebrate the beginning of Kwanzaa with an interactive musical, or glide down an ice slide a few times. If all else fails, eat a candy cane…or eight.

AllStar-Christmas-Day-Jazz-JamPhoto: The Kennedy Center

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All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam
After the Christmas Day flurry has settled, mellow things out even more by checking out this festive jazz performance featuring musicians James King on bass, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, and vocalist Delores Williams! Fri., 6 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

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Chill in the ‘Ice”
Two million pounds of hand-carved ice (not even exaggerating) are used to create this popular family attraction at the National Harbor that features everything from ice sculptures to benches and slides. The set-up is completely interactive, and since the atrium where the ice palace is housed stays set to a chilly nine degrees, puffy winter coats are loaned out. Bring hats and gloves so that you can get even cozier with the ice art. This year’s theme is “‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” So, you betta watch out! Fri.-Sun., 6 pm. $28/adults; $20/kids ages 3-11. All ages. Event details.


Final Call: The Nutcracker
This celebrated production has become D.C.’s perennial favorite! Set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures, this is The Washington Ballet’s holiday valentine. Snag a seat with family and friends and start a new holiday tradition. Sat.-Sun., 7 pm. 33 and up. All ages. Event details.

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Matilda The Musical
The totally timeless tale by Roald Dahl about a girl with a super imagination and sharp wit makes it’s stage debut at The Kennedy Center. In Matilda, the whole family will enjoy seeing how the main character takes her own stand to change her destiny. Fri.-Sun. $25-$175. 4 and up. Event details.


‘Bone Soup,’ a Kwanzaa Musical
Christmas may be over after Dec. 25, but Kwanzaa has just begun. Bring the entire family for Day One of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s annual 3-day Kwanzaa celebration. This year, Culture Kingdom Kids presents the original play “Bone Soup,” an energetic intro to Kwanzaa that features dancers, singers, music, colorful costumes, and lively characters. Sat., 11 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Holiday Dinner Service by Little Loving Hands
Help Little Loving Hands serve a wonderful holiday meal to over 50 families staying at The Children’s Inn at NIH. Volunteers can help serve and/or prepare food. Volunteers must be 16+ or older; however, children can create beautiful crafts using the kits found on These craft projects are appropriate for ages 3-8. Each child receives a collectible button that reminds them of how they helped. Sun., 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

How do you plan on spending the Christmas weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady