Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” plays at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) through Saturday. Tickets range from $42-$107. Purchase tickets at warnertheatredc.com.
Pianist/composer Matt Conner and friends perform favorite Christmas tunes in “A Matt Conner Christmas” at Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) through Sunday. Tickets are $48.60 and can be purchased at signature-theatre.org.
“Christmas Gift!” runs at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Md.) today and Saturday. The musical tells the story of the holiday gift exchange tradition in the African-American community. Tickets range from $10-$35. Purchase tickets at claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
The National Philharmonic performs “Handel’s Messiah” at The Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, Md.) Saturday and Sunday. The “Messiah” is one of the most frequently performed works in Western choral literature. A free pre-concert lecture will be held before each performance. Kids ages 7-17 are free. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased at strathmore.org.
Coyaba Dance Theater holds its annual Kwanzaa celebration at George Washington University’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre (800 21st St., N.W.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing and singing in a performance for all ages. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased online at coyabadancetheater.org.
The Birchmere presents “What Christmas Means Tour 2013: A Holiday Experience with JEM & Friends” with special guests Patti LaBelle and Ron Isley” at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St., N.W.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.