While we’re fans of the theater year-round, the holiday season is absolutely our favorite when it comes to the performances held throughout Downtown’s Theater District. If it’s been a while since you’ve planned a theater (or musical, symphony or ballet) outing, it’s certainly the perfect time to do so now!
MUSICAL & DANCE
The Nutcracker, Nov. 29-Dec. 26 | Tickets
Stanton Welch’s opulent production of The Nutcracker is one of the most splendid ever staged. In this, the most traditional holiday tale, Clara and Drosselmeyer 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.
Elf - The Musical, Dec. 7 - 22 | Tickets
Based on the cherished 2003 movie, the musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the Big Apple remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Fully Committed, Nov. 26-Dec. 20 | Tickets
A hilarious and delicious comedy, featuring over 40 characters brought to life in the hands of one man. Sam works the reservation line at one of the hottest restaurants. While juggling scheming socialites, name‐dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities, and egomaniacal bosses, can he still manage to get home for the holidays?
A Christmas Carol, Nov. 15-Dec. 19 | Tickets
A family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic story which follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.
All-Strauss Thanksgiving, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 | Tickets
Just how great is the Houston Symphony? You’ll find out in this program of lush, full-orchestra showpieces from the greatest symphonic poet of all time. To start, hear two of the most soul-stirring works ever written in Strauss’ poignant musings on life, death and transcendence. Then sparks fly and spirits soar as we feel the racing pulse of history’s most legendary ladies’ man and encounter a loveable trickster who always gets the last laugh.
Bob Schneider's Moonlight Orchestra Holiday Show, Dec. 4 | Tickets
Another "out of Duck" experience - Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra. Start your holiday season this year at the beautiful Wortham Center Cullen Theater when the Mucky Duck presents Bob Schneider and his annual Moonlight Orchestra Holiday show. 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!
Very Merry Pops, Dec. 13-17 | Tickets
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and there’s no better way to celebrate! Former Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski returns, joining Symphony and Chorus for a sparkling concert filled with all the merry sounds of the season. Hear a host of festive favorites, including the Houston Symphony commission Glad Tidings, a musical and narrative telling of the Christmas story packed with classic carols like What Child is This?, Silent Night and Joy to the World.
El Milagro Del Recuerdo, Dec. 5-22 | Tickets
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, and the dream of something more while dealing with life-changing decisions.
Handel's Messiah, Dec. 20-22 | Tickets
This Christmas, be moved by Handel’s ever-glorious setting of the greatest story ever told. The Houston Symphony, chorus and guest soloists join forces to fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the powerful “Hallelujah” Chorus.
Trans Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 22 | Tickets
The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group will once again bring their highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2019 back to Houston. Returning with all-new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.”