5 Major Houston Performances to Catch This Holiday Season

Have a holly jolly holiday with one of these Houston theater performances.

By Sofia Gonzalez and Claire Anderson

Houston Grand Opera presents a revival of El Milagro Del Recuerdo, a new, family-friendly Spanish-language Christmas tradition.

Image: Lynn Lane

HOW’S YOUR CHRISTMAS SPIRIT BEEN LATELY? If you’re still looking to inject some holiday cheer into your daily life of sitting in traffic, gift-shopping, and maybe fitting in a new workout (or turkey trot), consider spending a spirited night out with your loved ones to see one of these Houston holiday performances. Ranging from seasonal classics at beloved local venues like Alley Theatre to new favorites—two words: mariachi opera—at Houston Grand Opera, here are five holiday performances to catch in Houston this holiday season. (And no need to add to those upcoming January blues: even after the holiday season ends, the Houston theater scene is still always offering up performances to see, any time of year.) 

A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre 

November 18–December 30 | Tickets start at $21

Head to the Alley Theatre for a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic that invites audiences to enter a unique Victorian world of Christmas magic (literally, with the help of “magical elements” designed by illusionist Jim Steinmeyer). Performances run throughout November and December, and include a Christmas Eve matinee before closing on December 30. Select dates will also offer Spanish-language captioning to make the show more accessible to all. 

The Nutcracker at Houston Ballet

November 25–December 27 | Tickets start at $30

Houston Ballet is back to put on one of their most beloved holiday traditions, The Nutcracker, so return to the Wortham Theater Center for this fantastic Christmas journey that will dazzle all ages. Evening and matinee performances will run Fridays—Sundays and throughout the week of Christmas, with the exception of Christmas Day.

Houston Ballet Principal Melody Mennite as Clara and First Soloist Allison Miller with Artists of Houston Ballet in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker.

Mary Poppins at Hobby Center

December 6–24 | Tickets start at $40

This Christmas, the Hobby Center presents the Broadway musical Mary Poppins, based on the cherished Disney film about a magical nanny (because who doesn’t want one of those?). Enjoy reliving your childhood—while your kids enjoy theirs—with this family-friendly theater performance running throughout December, and closing with a matinee on Christmas Eve.

El Milagro Del Recuerdo at Houston Grand Opera

December 8–18 | Tickets start at $30 

If you’ve never seen a mariachi opera before, now's your chance. Houston Grand Opera presents a revival of El Milagro Del Recuerdo, a new, family-friendly Spanish-language Christmas tradition. If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t worry about enjoying the performance any less: an English translation of the lyrics will be projected onstage, so you can follow along with this contemporary story of a Mexican-American family. The opera runs two weekends in December, with matinees on Sundays.  

Handel's Messiah at Houston Symphony

December 9–11 | Tickets start at $32

Attention all classical music lovers: Houston Symphony returns to Jones Hall this holiday season with an orchestral performance of Handel’s Messiah—including the “Hallelujah” chorus—-accompanied by world-renowned opera singers. Two evening performances will be followed by a Sunday matinee, and if you can’t make it in person, a live stream of the December 10 performance will be available to watch from home for $20.

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