Synetic Theater teamed up with buzzy “Astro Boy” director Natsu Onoda Power for "A Trip to the Moon," which promises projections, live animation and, no, no holiday music at all. (Koko Lanham)

For three days, speak not of tree lightings or the line to get into “Ice!” Instead, check out DJs as they take over the ice at the National Gallery; journey with Synetic Theater on “A Trip to the Moon”; and lay eyes on that glittering aquamarine beast Dom Pedro when it’s unveiled for the public on Thursday.

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