Washington, DC – Holiday Activities 1

Washington, DC has people living there who came from all over the world, so it is befitting that the Holiday Season encompasses everyone and is also a chance for all peoples to learn more about one another’s traditions and beliefs and history.

To that laudable purpose, the renowned Smithsonian Institution presents Discovery Theater’s “Seasons of Light”.

From November 30 to December 22, 2010, this seasonal favorite is at the Smithsonian’s children’s theater. The program celebrates the warmth of many holidays filled with light.

Learn the history and customs of Devali (Hindu, celebrated this year in mid-November), Ramadan (Muslim – celebrated mid-August to early September in 2010), Santa Lucia (a Scandinavian Yule ceremony now connected to Xmas), Chanukah (Jewish – celebrated December 1-9 this year), Kwanzaa (a compilation of African Traditions, celebrated Dec 26 – Jan 1), Las Posadas (Christian, December 16 – December 24 in 2010), Christmas (Christian, December 25) , and the First Nations tradition of the Winter Solstice (with prayerstick making, retreats, purification and more) (Solstice is 3:38pm, Pacific Standard Time, December 21, 2010).

The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater is a live theater especially for children and families, although all are welcome. Classic stories and folktales and more are told through puppet shows, storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians, and mimes. Performances are open to the public, as well as members.

Location – Discovery Theater is located on the 3rd level of the S. Dillon Ripley Center,
1100 Jefferson Drive SW,
on the National Mall, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle

Schedules – All shows are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Tickets — Tickets are $6 per adult, $5 per child and $4 for Smithsonian Resident members. You may purchase tickets in advance by calling (202) 633-8700.
Smithsonian Discovery Theater

Transportation: The closest metro station is the Smithsonian on the Orange and Blue line and L’Enfant Plaza stop on the Yellow and Green line.

Periodically, the Discovery Theater also presents shows at The Round House Theater in Silver Spring, MD and Baird Auditorium in the Natural History Museum.

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