Nov. 9-Jan. 6
ELF OFF THE SHELF
The 2003 Will Ferrell movie Elf has become a modern holiday classic. It tells the
story of Buddy, a human who thinks he’s one of Santa’s elves. When he ventures to
New York to ;nd his real dad, he brings the true spirit of the holiday to the jaded city.
In 2010, Elf the Musical took the tale from the silver screen to the Broadway stage.
Now it’s coming to Olney Theatre Center. The show, which includes comedic musical
numbers “Never Fall in Love (With an Elf)” and “Nobody Cares About Santa,” is
recommended for ages 10 and older.
$32.25-$94, Olney Theatre Center, olneytheatre.org
JORJA ON MY MIND
With a soulful voice and a style in;uenced by R&B, reggae
and hip-hop, Jorja Smith has an impressive résumé for
someone who’s only 21 years old. The singer, who grew up
outside of London, won the 2018 Brit Critics’ Choice Award
and was nominated for the prestigious 2018 Mercury Prize
for outstanding British album. She’s collaborated with some
of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Drake and Kendrick
Lamar. In June, she released her ;rst full-length album, Lost & Found. With positive reviews from
publications as diverse as Pitchfork and The New Yorker, an appearance on The Tonight Show and
a headlining tour across North America, this could be her biggest year yet. Catch her before it’s
over when she stops at The Fillmore.
8 p.m., $29.50, The Fillmore Silver Spring, fillmoresilverspring.com
Santa can be found in all kinds of places during the holiday season, but one of the more
unique Santa photo ops is at the National Capital Trolley Museum’s Holly TrolleyFest.
Visitors can take unlimited rides aboard a historic street car to meet the jolly old elf.
Between rides, Santa can usually be found inside the museum, where visitors can see
model trains in a display featuring a Christmas tree and decorations, and real trains by
taking a docent-led tour of the Street Car Hall. Santa rides are on Saturdays and Sundays
from Dec. 1 to 23. After that, he returns to the North Pole, but the festival continues with
trolley rides and displays through Dec. 30.
12:30-4: 30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, $7, $5 children ages 2 to 17 and seniors 65 and
older, National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville, dctrolley.org
From traditional Russian ballet
to modern hip-hop dance, The
Nutcracker comes in many styles
and interpretations. This season, the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
offers a new take on the famous
holiday classic. In Cirque Nutcracker,
ballet meets the circus with aerialists,
acrobats and contortionists from
Troupe Vertigo accompanied by
the BSO playing music from the
Tchaikovsky masterpiece. The
performance is recommended for
ages 6 and older.
8 p.m., $35-$90, The Music Center at