Performing Arts

5 Major Houston Performances Are Ringing in the Holiday Joy

Ready for winter? The city has lots to offer to get you into the spirit.

By Sofia Gonzalez December 1, 2021

Elizabeth Bunch as Christmas Past and David Rainey as Scrooge in Alley Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol. 

It’s no secret that the Bayou City always has something for its residents to do, especially while everyone is off for winter break. Houston has a multitude of performing arts centers, a talented group of people to put the performances on, and a lot to offer now that the holiday season is here. Check out the list below for five major productions that will be taking place through December.

The Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet 

The Houston Ballet is back again to put on one of their most beloved pieces, The Nutcracker. Tickets begin at just $27, with performances continuing until Christmas Eve. Those who go are required to follow their health and safety protocols, making masks mandatory.

The Nutcracker is showing at The Houston Ballet through December 24. Find more information on the website.

Handel’s Messiah at the Houston Symphony

This holiday tradition is back at Jones Hall with a performance of refrains and arias including the “Hallelujah” chorus put on by the Houston Symphony, chorus and guest soloists. Socially distanced mezzanine seats are available as well as student tickets at a discounted rate. Ticket prices range anywhere from $29 to $130. Masks are required for those attending the performance. 

Handel’s Messiah is showing at the Houston Symphony from December 10 - 12. Find more information on the website.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Hobby Center 

Anyone wanting a little under-the-sea holiday action can purchase tickets starting at $40 to see this spectacular performance. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be performed in the Sarofim Hall until December 24. Patrons 12 years or older will be required to show proof of a vaccination card with a photo ID, or a negative COVID-19 test. 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is showing at The Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall, December 7 - 24. Find more information on the website.

A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre 

Returning to the stage is a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic that allows guests to enter a world of holiday make-believe. Those who want to go can do so through December 29, with tickets starting at as low as $39. Masks are required for all patrons, and anyone 12 and up is required to show either a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of vaccination.

Charles’ Dickens A Christmas Carol is showing at the Alley Theatre through December 29. Find more information on the website

The Snowy Day Performed by the Houston Opera

Ezra Jack Keats’ award-winning popular work from 1962 is being brought to life by the Houston Opera. Telling a wintry story of the joy of wonder with childhood, this piece of art was the first mainstream children’s book to feature an African American as a protagonist, according to the Houston Opera’s website. The performance will continue until December 19 with tickets going from as low as $20, up to $210. 

The Snowy Day is showing at the Cullen Theater from December 9 - 19. Find more information on the website 

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