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Deck the Theater District with boughs of great holiday performances!

Theater District Houston organizations are preparing to spread some holiday cheer with some new – and traditional – performances that are sure to leave theatergoers in the festive spirit. From Alley Theatre’s A Christmas Carol to Houston Grand Opera’s El Milagro de Recuerdo/ The Miracle of Remembering these holiday shows have something for everyone.

Alley Theatre continues their family-friendly tradition with A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. The re-telling of this Charles Dickens’ classic instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. Performances are Nov. 15 through Dec. 29 at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713.220.5700 or visit

Theatre Under The Stars will have audiences in laughter with the return of their modern-day Christmas classic Elf – The Musical. Based on the 2003 holiday movie, Elf is a hilarious tale about a young orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he’s actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making skills cause him to face the truth. This warm-hearted Broadway musicalis sure to have audiences embracing their inner elf. Performances are Dec. 7-22 at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713.558.2600 or visit

Society for the Performing Arts has something new in store for their holiday audience with their production of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. This beloved TV classic tells the story of Santa’s ninth reindeer – a young buck who has adolescent antlers and a glowing red nose. See all your favorite characters come to life this holiday season at Jones Hall. Performances are scheduled Dec. 26-27 at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713.227.4772 or visit

Houston Ballet continues with one of Houston’s most cherished holiday productions, The Nutcracker.  Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s version of this timeless classic returns to the stage for its fourth year. Let sugar plum fairies, snowflakes, dancing dolls, and a Christmas tree that reaches the sky, fill your head. This popular holiday tale follows Clara and Drosselmeyer as they travel together to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince – and where the magic happens. With grand sets and stunning costumes, The Nutcracker features the entire company of dancers as well as many Houston Ballet Academy students playing hundreds of fun and exciting roles. Performances are Nov. 29 through Dec. 29, giving the public a month of opportunities to experience this larger than life spectacular! Wortham Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713.227.2787 or visit

Houston Symphony brings two performances to Jones Hall this holiday season – the family-friendly ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the ever-glorious Handel’s Messiah. Based on the popular Christmas poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas features live music and narration plus a sing-along to festive favorites. Children of all ages are welcome to experience this classic story. Families can enjoy a craft station and other musical activities, like the Instrument Petting Zoo, in the Jones Hall lobby. Performances are Dec. 14at Jones Hall.

The holiday season wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t include Handel’s Messiah, a musical rite of the holiday season. This is one performance not to be missed as the Houston Symphony, chorus and guest soloists join forces to fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the powerful Hallelujah Chorus. Performances are Dec. 20, 21, and 22 at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713.224.7575 or visit

Houston Grand Opera captivates theatregoers this holiday season with their new production of El Milagro de Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering. A world premiere and prequel to the mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering brings audiences back to where it all began, Michoacán, Mexico. Set during Christmas, the opera lovingly explores the themes of traditions, familial bonds, while dealing with life-changing decisions and the dream of something more. Performances are Dec. 5-22 at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713.228.6737 or visit

Gather the family and don’t miss the excitement of the holiday season in the Theater District!

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