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Holiday: Water-skiing Santa

With the Weather Channel predicting highs in the mid-40s, it looks like a white Christmas will indeed be only in the dreams of Washingtonians. Fittingly, Santa Claus will be putting the sleigh aside for water-skis and a speedboat on Christmas Eve in Washington. For the 27th year, Santa Claus will water-ski across the Potomac River at 1 p.m. Monday, red suit and all. You can view all the action from the National Harbor as Santa is joined by kneeboarding reindeer and flying elves, along with the beloved Grinch and Frosty the Snowman, who hopefully will be protected from the balmy weather. After the show, the whole gang will be available for photos. While you’re in the area, check out “Ice” at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, featuring interactive, colorful ice sculptures of characters from DreamWorks’ “Shrek,” as well as 20-foot ice slides. And if Santa has any last-minute shopping to do, the National Harbor has 40 retailers from which he can choose.

Monday at the National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, Md.

Phone: 571/385-2929


Concert: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

After church has been attended, the presents have been opened and the toys have been assembled on Christmas Day, head to the Kennedy Center for a festive alternative to gorging on Santa’s leftover cookies. For the 14th year, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, which presents free cultural performances every day in the Grand Foyer, will host a jazz concert featuring acclaimed local musicians. Join vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King and vocalist Delores Williams, many of whom are Washington-area natives, as they jam into the evening. After the show, catch an evening performance of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” the live version of the classic holiday film, or “The Million Dollar Quartet,” the Broadway hit that opened at the Kennedy Center last week about Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins and their famous recording session in Memphis in 1956.

Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW

Phone: 202/467-4600


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