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 The Snowy Day these holiday shows have something for everyone.

Alley Theatre continues their family-friendly tradition with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol [Dec 10]. The re-telling of this Charles Dickens’ classic instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. 

Theatre Under The Stars brings one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid [Dec 7 -24] is a hauntingly beautiful love story. With music by eight-time Academy Award® winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Part of Your World. 

DACAMERA has something new in store for their holiday audience with their production of A Little Day Music [Dec 1]. Enjoy a Holiday jazz concert presented by The Jalen Baker Trio, a DACAMERA Young Artist Jazz Ensemble-in-Residence. Listen to the sounds of the vibraphone, bass and drums as you enjoy your lunch during this free signature program at the Wortham Theater Center. 

Houston Ballet continues with one of Houston’s most cherished holiday productions, The Nutcracker [Nov 16 - Dec 22].  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 at the Wortham Theater Center. 

Houston Symphony brings four performances to Jones Hall this holiday season!

To celebrate the holidays, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the orchestra share music from Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker score. Experience the full sonic color and splendor of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker + Gil Shaham [Dec 3 -5] as never before in this special performance featuring the entire Houston Symphony. Running the gamut from radiant lyricism to jaw-dropping fireworks, Barber’s Violin Concerto is one of the most beloved in the repertoire, and no one plays it better than international superstar Gil Shaham. Shaham also joins Principal Bass Robin Kesselman for the dazzling Gran Duo Concertante by double-bass virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini.

The Symphony’s popular holiday family concert, Musical Treats From the Nutcracker - For Kids! returns [Dec 4]! Delight in the magic of the holiday season and treat your family to a morning of musical fun they’ll remember for years to come as Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads treasured selections from The Nutcracker, plus other holiday favorites. Presented in a casual, family-friendly setting, this 50-minute concert will have your little ones picturing sugar plums and sparkling snowflakes, and comes complete with fun interactive activities and a visit from Santa himself!

The holiday season wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t include Handel’s Messiah [Dec 10-12], 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.

Enjoy Very Merry Pops [Dec 18-19] as you gather with loved ones in a warm and cozy winter wonderland for a sleigh-full of holly, jolly musical cheer! Broadway’s Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera) joins the Symphony and Chorus for heartwarming favorites and treasured carols. Complete with sparkling decorations and a visit from Santa, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit! 

Toyota Center is excited to host two holiday events to enjoy this season. 

Christmas has arrived … early! This winter, Grammy award-winning duo for King & Country will be embarking on A Drummer Boy Christmas. From holiday staple Little Drummer Boy to number one smash God Only Knows, KSBJ Presents: For King & Country's A Drummer Boy Christmas [Dec 4] will feature classics and brand-new songs performed in the exuberant, high-energy fashion that the duo has become known for.

The multi-platinum, progressive rock group. Trans-Siberian Orchestra [Dec 12] returns to the road for their highly anticipated Winter Tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group’s landmark album Christmas Eve and Other Stories! Certified 3X platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America®, Christmas Eve and Other Stories is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. Don’t miss this great holiday tradition this December!

Houston Grand Opera captivates theatergoers this holiday season with their production of The Snowy Day [Dec 9 -19]. Jack Keats’s award-winning, ever-popular work from 1962, The Snowy Day, was the first mainstream children’s book to feature a Black boy as its protagonist. The story comes to life for the holidays in this anticipated Houston Grand Opera world premiere opera from the brilliant creative duo of composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney. 

Hobby Center for Performing Arts is bringing ALL the holiday spirit this season with four inspiring performances. 

Start your holiday season this year at the beautiful Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center when the Mucky Duck presents Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra [Nov 26]. Join Bob for a magical evening that will kick off your holidays in style. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite holiday standards, but don’t worry, you’ll also be dancing in your seats to Bob’s other hits!  With special guest Lex Lund and other surprises!

Will Hearn’s Grand Ol’ Christmas Show [Nov 27] is a raucous, rollicking, one-of-a-kind musical comedy featuring Americana standout, Blue Water Highway! A live retro radio show bringing sketch comedy antics and your all-time favorite Christmas classics to in a traditional Christmas eve broadcast at the 1225 N-O-E-L studios, led by Nick Brown’s Radio Orchestra and Gospel Singers, and the best entertainers in Texas. Made for music and comedy lovers from boomer to millennial this tribute to American Christmas traditions cleverly and progressively blurs the lines between heartfelt nostalgia, and contemporary pop-culture satire. Don’t miss this inspiring holiday program, come experience a tradition that gets better every year.

Grammy Recording Academy Saxophonist Chris Mitchell delivers renditions of Christmas classics such as White Christmas and Let It Snow, along with fan favorites from all six of his albums in his performance, Chris Mitchell Presents: White Christmas [Dec 5].

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff [Dec 7-Jan 2] takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. It includes all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, jokes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic plus lots of mayhem!

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

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