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A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre

No doubt you’ve read the story, seen the Disney movie version with your family, or perhaps participated in the play as a sixth-grader (was that just me?), but nothing compares to seeing it live in one of the super cozy and historical Ford’s Theatre.

Several years ago my husband and I started a tradition of attending the theatre, ballet or another live performance at least once in DC during the holiday season. I loved when we chose to attend a Christmas Carol at Ford’s, following its renovation. The memory was made even more magical that we ended up going on Christmas Eve.

I’d been on the standard tour at Ford’s Theatre before, but it does not begin to compare to the warmth and thrill of going for a performance.

If you’re looking for something to jump start your holiday season, Ford’s Theatre has it. If you’re new to the area and wondering what local traditions there are here, this is it. If you know you’re going to be looking for something to do as a family or on a date– get tickets now!

And you can always go back during one of your children’s school breaks for one of the tours (think the week between Christmas and New Years when you need to get out of the house). It’s one of the great ways to make history come alive for youngsters here in DC.

A Christmas Carol Details:

  • When: Nov. 16- Dec. 30; Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. (except November 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and December 25); Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except December 1). Noon weekday matinees on November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12 and 13; 2 p.m. weekday matinees on November 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, December 19, 20, 26 and 27.
  • Tickets are available here, or by calling (800) 982-2787.
  • Performances are two hours long, including one 15-minute intermission.
  • More information about the show is available here.
  • Recommended for ages 5+

Ford’s Theatre Details:

  • 511 Tenth St, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Between E & F Streets)
  • Nearest Metro stations are Metro Center and Gallery Place-Chinatown.
  • Reservations for tours of the theatre are available here. The tours are free, but there is a $2.50 surcharge for booking them in advance. Free tickets are given away on a first-come first-served basis each day beginning at 8:30 a.m.
  • Ford’s Theatre is a National Historic Site and is operated by the National Park Service and the Ford’s Theatre Society. It is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (December 25). There are also other times when the theatre is closed for tours due to matinee performances.

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