December 20th and 21st @ 7:30 p.m.
December 22nd and 23rd @ 2 p.m.
Enjoy a world full of talented circus artists in the form of penguins on rola bolas, reindeer skipping rope, toy soldiers on slack wire and more in Cirque Dreams Holidaze. This two-hour holiday-themed show brings ornaments to life, with live singing and hundreds of props and costumes to delight the whole family.
Get tickets at this link.
Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
November 16th – January 1st @ 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (plus 8 p.m. shows on Saturdays)
Enjoy a heartwarming holiday spectacle featuring a talented cast from Cirque Dreams in Unwrapped, a 25-minute show featuring acrobatics and aerial displays. Purchase guaranteed seats at this link, or line up early the day of for limited complimentary tickets.
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center — Atrium
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
December 1st @ 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
At the corner of naughty and nice, discover Krampusnacht DC, an annual event celebrating the European Krampuslauf tradition. In short, Krampus is the evil counterpart of Saint Nick who punishes misbehaving children, like ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ come to life! Fear not, however, because the reception and parade are kid-friendly and benefit Santa’s Cause DC, a non-profit providing Christmas gifts for youth in the DC foster system.
Circus activities include fire arts by Peculiarity Productions and juggling by Christian Kloc. Other entertainment includes the electrifying Batala Washington drummers, the Foggy Bottom Morris Men, DJs and more!
Buy tickets at this link (children 12-under with a guardian get in for free).
Note: All activities except for parade take place at Gallery O on H. Visit the Krampusnacht DC website for more information.
5 p.m. Santa’s Cause DC benefit reception with Santa and Mrs. Claus, children’s activities, live entertainment and kids’ costume contest
7:15 p.m. Krampuslauf walk around H Street NE
9-11 p.m. After-party (21+) with Krampus, Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and costume contest.
Gallery O on H
1354 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
December 14th-16th @ Richmond Waldorf School
Spend a weekend in RVA for their second annual juggling convention, featuring open juggling, workshops and a Saturday night show. This year’s featured act is Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth, the ‘hilarious juggling juggernauts’ from Asheville, North Carolina. See the Facebook event page for more details.
Looking for cheap and beautiful housing? Check out Richmond’s recently opened (and super hip) HI Hostel at this link.
Richmond Waldorf School
1301 Robin Hood Road
Richmond, VA 23227
December 5th-9th @ Capitol One Arena
Dive into a world of acrobatics, aerial, juggling and extreme sports, all performed on ice in Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal. Watch with delight as the show’s main character skates her way through her own imagination on a journey of self-discovery in this thrilling tale of empowerment and liberation.
Buy tickets at this link.
Capital One Arena
601 F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
December 6th @ 7:30 p.m.
The Fall/Winter student showcase for Boss Babes Aerial Fitness is nigh, and the performers are excited to welcome you to their wonderful Wizarding World of Aerial. See the amazing aerial feats that these students have been working hard to perfect this holiday season.
VIP tables for four are available, in addition to general admission tickets. Purchase tickets at this link.
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
December 21st @ 6-7 p.m.
Join us for yet another Juggle Jam at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.
Throw caution to the weekend! Conquer the thrilling challenge of juggling with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. This workshop begins with a short demo, then puts juggling props in your hands and offers pro tips to jumpstart your newfound circus habit. After practicing controlled chaos, put on a show with your fellow jugglers and get the thundering applause you deserve!
All ages are welcome. Equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.
$5 suggested donation – proceeds go to tuition assistance.
About the artist:
Christian Kloc learned to juggle at age six after seeing the Flying Karamazov Brothers perform. What started as a basic trick became an obsession. Christian grew up attending juggling festivals across the country and performing at local events. After 25 years, he is still surprised by how that ‘basic trick’ can change lives and cause spontaneous outbursts of fun in the world.
Christian has taught juggling classes at the Trapeze School of New York – D.C. for the past four years. He has performed in circus productions at the Kennedy Center, the Warner Theatre, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, SAX Lounge and as part of the Art All Night celebration.
RSVP at the Facebook event page, or just show up the day of.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
November 10th @ 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Gymkana is the University of Maryland’s long-running gymnastics troupe, dedicated to drug- and alcohol-free living and advocating healthy lifestyles to our youth. Support their mission at their annual Flip-A-Thon, where the current roster of student acrobats will work to complete as many flips as possible in 20 minutes. Last year they got 1,144 — will they go higher this year? Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP.
This event is free, but donations are encouraged. You can donate in multiple ways:
- Contact a Gymkana member in advance.
- Attend the Flip-A-Thon and pledge a certain amount per flip (i.e. five cents, one dollar etc.)
- Donate online at this link.
- Mail checks (made out to ‘UMCP Foundation’) to this address:
4200 Valley Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Gymnastics Gym (Room 1120)
School of Public Health Building
College Park, MD 20742
September 28th @ 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
See a talented group of student aerialists perform in the All Aerial Student Showcase at the Trapeze School of New York (DC) in Navy Yard. Enjoy an array of thrilling aerial routines on silks, straps, static trapeze, lyra, rope and Spanish web. With your ticket, you also receive an entry into a raffle for a free class at TSNY-DC.
Find tickets ($20 adults, $12 youth 12 and under) by searching for 9/28 on the class registration page of the TSNY-DC website. Note that youth and adult tickets must be purchased through separate transactions.
The show is approximately one hour in length.
Trapeze School of New York (DC)
1299 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
June 16th @ 2-5 p.m.
Spend time celebrating the joy of juggling at your local World Juggling Day celebration. Open to all skill levels, this free event welcomes everyone to learn a new skill, laugh and join the amazing community of jugglers in the DMV. Visit the event Facebook page or just show up at the top of Meridian Hill Park (aka Malcolm X Park) and look for flying objects!
For a global list of WJD events, visit the IJA’s official WJD event page.
Meridian Hill Park
2400 15th Pl NW
Washington, D.C. 20009