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HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Every year, families and friends alike bundle up and wait outside the Kennedy Center to snag tickets to one of its most beloved Christmas events. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, then you get the honor of singing along to Handel's "Messiah" with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, an impressive 200-person choir led by conductor Barry Hemphill. We must warn you though, getting tickets for your family isn't easy due to the performance's high attendance. Kennedy Center staff advise you to start lining up about 10 a.m. Sunday morning in the Hall of Nations with your entire party, because they'll be handing out only one ticket per person. The show will start at 1 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F St. NW).

COMEDIC TWIST

The tradition is that those celebrating Hanukkah always go out for Chinese food on Christmas because it's the only thing open. So a Chinese menu is something special this time of year. Well, with a unique and talented troupe of improvisers and comedians, the term takes on a new meaning this holiday.

Chinese Menu, a group that's featured more than 100 performers from the D.C. area, is taking the stage Sunday at the DC Arts Center (2438 18th St. NW), celebrating its mission: people and communities getting together for fun and laughs. And isn't that the real joy of the season?

Tickets are $10 (cash at the door), and make sure to join the after-party at the Pinch in Columbia Heights for more fun.

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