Gift Guide

Christmas Gifts For the Arts Lover in Your Life

From museum memberships to concert subscriptions, we've got got plenty of ideas for culture aficionados.

By Michael Hardy December 15, 2014

Rhodes Elliott and artists of the Houston Ballet. Photo: Amitava Sarkar

Chances are you know them—the guy who attends the opening night of every hot new play; the girl who sees every museum show; the couple that loves going to the symphony. They're the arts aficionados, the cultured culturati, the ones who'd rather spend their Sunday at the opera than at NRG Stadium. So what do you give these arts-loving Houstonians for Christmas? Socks? A Keurig machine? We have a better idea—more than one, actually. From a "Forever Ticket" to the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra to a membership in the Museum of Fine Arts's Film Buffs program, we have some great ideas for last-minute holiday presents. Behold, the first annual On The Town gift guide!  


Houston Museum of Natural Science

Memberships (prices valid thru Jan 4)

$40 students & seniors
$55 adults
$70 dual
$85 family (2 adults/4 children)

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


$60 adults
$45 students
$80 dual
$95 family


Houston Ballet

Spring season (4 ballets): $68–780

Classical Music

Ars Lyrica

3-concert subscription, $90–150

Chamber Music Houston

3-concert subscription, $70–140

Da Camera

6-concert subscription, $185–290

Houston Symphony 


4-concert subscription, $196
6-concert subscription, $288
8-concert subscription, $376


4-concert subscription, $106–208

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

ROCO Forever Ticket (one ticket to all future Alive in Concert performances at The Church of St. John the Divine), $40


Alley Theatre

Gift passes for $50 and $75 per show

Ensemble Theatre

3-show subscription, $91

Stages Repertory Theatre

6-show subscription, $210

Theatre Under the Stars

4-show subscription, $134–338 


MFAH Films

Film Buffs membership: tickets to 10 films (excludes some screenings), invitations to social events and programming)

Single: $75 members/$85 non-members
Dual: $135 members/$150 non-members



Season ticket to Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, $175 (includes access to reserved seating and VIP book signing line)