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A Happy Hometown Holiday

It’s Christmas Time in Downtown Arlington with new and annual events popping up all around the district throughout the entire month of December. From live music to photo ops to concerts to Christmas productions, Downtown has something for everyone of all ages and all backgrounds to visit and experience the joyful delight of the community.

Here are seven events to look forward to this coming month.

Read through to the end of the article for a very special announcement regarding this year’s brand-new winter programming!

Kringle Village Hosted by Dance Theatre of Arlington – December 16th and 17th

Singing elves, dancing reindeer, games, prizes, and a holiday market, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Taking place on December 16th and 17th at Knapp Heritage Park from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Kringle Village hosted by Dance Theatre of Arlington has it all. Shop around for Secret Santa surprises, stocking stuffers, or a little something special for yourself while snacking on freshly made tamales from a local vendor. All ages are welcome to come out and enjoy live entertainment, food, and family friendly activities for these two very special weekends in December!

A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show – December 1st – December 17th

Don’t be a Scrooge and stay home this holiday season, make your way to Theatre Arlington instead! Every Sunday until Christmas Eve from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., join Theatre Arlington for “A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show” the show. The story is a unique take on the iconic work by Charles Dickens and follows the WXMS sound effects employee who decides to tell the classic tale all by himself after all the original actors were snowed in at their homes.

The show is performed as a 1940s radio show with one actor providing all the voices and sound effects for all the characters. “A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show” is a creative adaptation of the 180-year-old fan-favorite story and is an impressive display of talent led by just one person. The show is appropriate for ages 6 and up. You don’t want to miss it, or you’ll be haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Past themself!

Arlington Music Hall – December 7 – December 20

The Arlington Music Hall is stacked this December with a wide variety of artists, bands, and tributes that will have you singing fa-la-la-la-la all the way home. This holiday season of performan

ces features award-winning talent from all over the country including but not limited to the chart-topping, award-winning favorites Marie Osmond, Shaun Cassidy, and Girl Named Tom.

  • 12/7 - 12/8 Marie Osmond Symphony
  • 12/9 - Blue Christmas Elvis Tribute
  • 12/9 - Johnnie High's Country Music Revue: Christmas
  • 12/10 - A Ghetto Childs Christmas
  • 12/17 - A CandiLand Christmas
  • 12/20 - Girl Named Tom – One More Christmas Tour

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl – December 15th

On December 15th, drink lots of water, eat tons of food from any of our downtown businesses, and get ready for our annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl! Dust off your knit tops and wool pullovers and try your hand at winning the ugly sweater competition for a chance to win a gift basket from the community-favorite Hooligan’s Pub. Each stop on the crawl hosts a unique experience for you and your friends to relax or compete at some of Downtown’s best bars, pubs, and breweries.

The bar crawl begins at Division Brewing at 7:00 p.m. where there will be live music from Itchy Ritchie and the Burning Sensation and discounted pints. From there we will be heading to J. Gilligan’s at 8:00 p.m. for an hour of karaoke fun with drink specials including $3 wells, $4 margaritas, and $3.25 domestic bottles and drafts. Next stop is Kool Keg at 9:00 p.m. for a competitive game of Bingo before heading to the final stop. Kool Keg will also be offering $2 off select drafts. The bar crawl culminates at Hooligan’s Pub at 10:00 p.m. where final judging will take place for the ugly sweater competition as well as games and entertainment for people to have a good time and celebrate their win (or forget about their loss)! Hooligan's Pub will have $7 "you call it" margaritas, $3 Hooligan shots, and $5 boozy hot chocolate. Drink responsibly and plan ahead for a safe way journey home. Downtown Arlington offers a variety of late-night rideshare and transportation services to help you get around.

“Elf” Movie Showing – December 21st

Now announcing: The Downtown Arlington Winter Movie Series! After a successful showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” early this year and back-to-back screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for Halloween, Downtown Arlington was inspired to showcase monthly movies at the Arlington Music Hall as an homage to the music hall’s history and as an opportunity to keep families entertained during the winter season. Running from December to March for only $5 per movie, these family-friendly classics will keep you and your loved ones laughing, cheering, and reminiscing all winter long.

Our Winter Movie Series will kickstart on December 21st at 7:00 p.m. with everyone’s favorite oversized elf, Buddy, for a showing of the Christmas classic “Elf.” If you’re of the uncultured variety and have never seen the film, Elf follows one of Santa’s elves who, after feeling like an outcast his entire life, decides to venture to New York City to discover who he truly is and spread a little Christmas spirit. The film stars Will Ferrell in the leading role with support by James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, and Peter Dinklage. Elf is rated PG, and all ages are welcome to attend.

Tickets will be available starting Monday, December 4th at 8:00 a.m. Future movie titles for this new Winter Movie Series and details will be announced at a later date, so be sure to follow Downtown Arlington on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and subscribe to our Downtown Arlington newsletter for more information and to stay up to date on the latest holiday programming and more.