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Exploring Houston’s Performing Arts Scene for the Holidays

The performances that will bring holiday magic to your family this season.

Houston Theater District from Franklin Street
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Houston is home to one of the largest and most diverse theater districts in the country. With plays, musicals, the ballet, opera, symphony and more, there's something for everyone.

We start the conversation by discussing Houston's Theater District and the cultural and economic impact on the city, particularly during the holiday season.

Then, an ensemble of representatives and performers from Houston's major theater companies share the special productions you can enjoy during the holidays.

Houston Ballet
The Nutcracker
November 25 – December 27, 2022
Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center

Jubilee of Dance
December 2, 2022
Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center


Houston Grand Opera
El Milagro Del Recuerdo
December 8 – 18, 2022
Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center

Houston Symphony
Home Alone – Film with Live Orchestra
December 3, 2022
Jones Hall

Handel's Messiah
December 9, 10 & 11, 2022
Jones Hall

A Very Merry Pops
December 15, 17 & 18, 2022
Jones Hall

Ho-Ho-Holiday! Polar Express, Frozen & More
December 17, 2022
Jones Hall


Theatre Under the Stars
Mary Poppins
December 6 – 24, 2022
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts


Alley Theatre
A Christmas Carol
November 18 – December 30, 2022
Alley Theatre

December 2 – 24, 2022
Alley Theatre


Performing Arts Houston
Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show
December 4, 2022
Jones Hall

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 23 – 24, 2022
Jones Hall


Main Street Theater
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
November 19 – December 18, 2022
Main Street Theater – Rice Village

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
November 11 – December 23, 2022


A.D. Players
A Texas Carol
November 30 – December 23, 2022
The George Theater


The Ensemble Theatre
A Motown Christmas
November 17 – December 24, 2022
The Ensemble Theatre


"Houston for the Holidays"
November 18 – December 24, 2022
Rochelle and Max Levit Stage at STAGES

Panto Snow White and the Seven Dorks
November 25 – December 24, 2022
Lester and Sue Smith Stage at STAGES


The Music Box Theater
A Beatles Holiday Cabaret
December 2 – 28, 2022
The Music Box Theater


Queensbury Theatre
Tribble School Dance Concert
December 2 – 3, 2022
Queensbury Theatre

New Year's From Around the World
December 30, 2022
Queensbury Theatre


Ars Lyrica Houston




Houston Saengerbund



Hillary Hart

  • Executive Director, Theatre Under The Stars
    Chair of the Board, Theater District Houston

Dr. Doni Wilson

  • Professor of English, Houston Christian University
    Arts Writer, Houston Chronicle

David Rainey

  • Resident Acting Company Member, Alley Theatre
    Plays Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol"

Lee Strickland

  • Director of Artistic Programs, Performing Arts Houston

Rebecca Greene Udden

  • Founding Artistic Director, Main Street Theater

Jayme McGhan

  • Executive Artistic Director, A.D. Players at the George Theater

Eileen Morris

  • Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre

DeQuina Moore

  • Actress & Star, "Houston for the Holidays"

Kristina Sullivan

  • Executive Director, Queensbury Theatre/Tribble School for the Performing Arts
    Cast Member, Music Box Theater

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