Hey, there is nothing wrong with being a cheapie! FREE is DC Like a Local's favorite word in the English language!
DC Like a Local has already covered some churches and secular activities for Christmas Eve and Day. However, some of you may be interested in FREE holiday music that is going on before Christmas--even if you don’t worship or belong to other religions (like this writer). Hey, you can be Jewish—or heathen—and still enjoy the music of the season. Occasionally it is even about Chanukah (my favorite spelling of that word).
At the Kennedy Center, you can never go wrong with The Millenium Stage (unless you park in the Kennedy Center’s overpriced garage). Take the blue or orange line to Foggy Bottom Metro. There is only one exit. When you exit, the red Kennedy Center FREE shuttle buses will either be waiting for you or appear in a few minutes. The bus stop is slightly to the left of the exit from the Metro. There is a sign at the bus stop (to the left of the vendor who sells his stuff directly opposite the Metro stop). Parking is available but costs $18.
The US Botanic Gardens has holiday music on selected Tuesday evenings between 6:00pm-8:00pm.
The Willard Hotel at 15th and Constitution Ave., NW, is offering Christmas music every night through December 23rd, 5:30pm-7:30pm (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
The National Gallery of Art offers Christmas caroling, holiday themed lectures and concerts in the West Building Garden Court (Sundays at 6:30pm) throughout the holiday season.
Christ Church, 620 G St., SE on Capitol Hill is the venue for the US Marine Band Brass Quintet on Dec. 20th at 2:00pm.
Yeah some of these events are over already. Next year we will cover the free holiday music scene earlier. It’s a promise!