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Dec 06

December Events at Downing Gross

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 8:32 AM by Communications Department

The holidays are such a great time to get out and experience the spirit around Newport News. Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center has a few events that will put anyone in the holiday spirit.
On Friday, December 9, Downing-Gross will host the Holiday Frost Celebration from 4 PM to 7 PM. This free family holiday party is a colorful celebration of magic and wonder bringing holiday cheer to over 500 youth and families of the Southeast Community. In honor of the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial the event will highlight the gift of music and the legacy of the ‘First Lady of Song,’ Ella Fitzgerald. This memorable celebration was awarded “Best New Event” by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society in 2009. Families can expect special guest appearances by Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa Claus along with music from a DJ and Heritage High School. Families will also enjoy make & take crafts, Face Painting, Karaoke, Games, a Photo Booth, and a Holiday Maze.

Bring the family the next day Saturday, December 10 DG2_SCfor ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas presented by the Virginia Repertory Theater. This stage play was inspired by the timeless poem A Visit from St. Nicholas and by the real life of its author Clement Moore. This hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light. The Virginia Repertory Theater has had previous plays like A Christmas Carol, The Frog Prince, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Tickets for the play are $10 and can be purchased at the Downing-Gross website.

On the following week, come back to see Oh Where, Oh Where is My Christmas Tree? written and directed by K'bana Blaq on Saturday, December 17. The play is a cross between Annie and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Story. Blaq's lead character, the dour businessman Devon Leehart, serves as the Scrooge figure, a good man whose heart has been hardened by the recent death of his mother. Just one week before Christmas Devin Leehart is devastated about the loss of his mother. Characters work to figure out a way to mend Mr. Leehart's broken heart. Tickets for the play are on sale for $20. For more information or to purchase tickets to either play, visit the Downing-Gross website.