The Houston Ballet Reopens with a Holly, Jolly Surprise

The Wortham Theater Center brings back live performances.

By Shivani Parmar Edited by Shelby Stewart July 29, 2021

It's Christmas in July as the Houston Ballet announces for upcoming shows. 

We get it, the holidays were a total bust last year. After all, we hit pause on so many highly anticipated festivities and customs that usually shifted Houston’s scorching December climate into what mentally felt like a winter wonderland.

This year, we don’t need a rain check, or, should we say snow check. The Houston Ballet announced that the company will be delivering live performances, meaning we can carry on with our holiday traditions of watching The Nutcracker.

The news follows the Houston Ballet announcing its return to live performances back in May

"We can’t wait to be back in the theater with our community this fall," says Stanton Welch, Houston Ballet's artistic director. “We have a great season ahead and look forward to returning to the energy of a live audience in our home theater soon."

He continues, "We’ve grown from this difficult time and have been inspired by our community to keep creating art that reflects the diverse and innovative city we call home."

Wortham Theater Center closed its doors earlier than expected during the 2019–2020 season due to Covid-19, but will begin flooding the stage with dancers in the new season starting September 30 with The Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance. Traditionally a one-night-only annual event, the performance has been extended to five performances with tickets already available for purchase.

"The Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance is named for a dear member of our Houston Ballet family. We can’t thank her enough for her continued generous support of Houston Ballet and the arts. This annual showcase of Houston Ballet’s range of talent is the perfect way to celebrate our return to the Wortham Theater Center stage," says Welch.

Immediately following Jubilee of Dance, will be The Nutcracker, which is set to return to the stage starting late November for its fifth run since premiering at the Wortham Theater Center in 2016. 

The Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet has a long list of performances lined up for November and December. 

"The Nutcracker is such a grand tradition for our community, dancers, and staff. We deeply felt its absence last year and are overjoyed to bring it back in full splendor this holiday season," Welch says.

For guests who want to join in on the festivities, The Nutcracker is offering additional tickets to have a VIP experience for guests interested in all of the behind-the-scenes action—where the audience members will be able to step on stage after the show and learn about the props and sets.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are already on sale, and the show will run Nov 26–Dec 24. To purchase tickets, visit,

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