Houstonians rejoice! We live in one of the top theater cities in the nation and what better time to take advantage of this than the holiday season? You can find something for everyone’s tastes, from traditional productions to magical programs from afar. Here are some of the best to check out this holiday.
- You just can’t go wrong with The Nutcracker – the traditional holiday story filled with magic and wonder. People of all ages will marvel in the beautifully redesigned set and costumes which make for a visual feast for the eyes. The Houston Ballet is nationally renowned for their skill and quality and The Nutcracker is a top-notch performance every time. Arrive early to mingle with the cast in the lobby and pick up a keepsake from the lobby shop. Wander around and gaze at the enormous gingerbread house and take a picture in front of the Christmas tree. It will be a night (or afternoon matinee) to remember!
- Another holiday classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is playing at the Alley Theater once again. In this family-friendly production, you’ll enjoy the beautiful story of redemption for Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes a journey with three Christmas spirits who make him take a hard look at his life.
- Although not a holiday story, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is set in the wintertime which makes it an appropriate addition to this theater list. Performed at the Hobby Center during the month of December, this musical will melt your heart as Belle sees past the beastly creature who imprisons her father and finds true love is more than meets the eye. Perfect for your little princess or for anyone who’s a princess at heart.
- Beginning the day after Christmas, the travelling troupe Shen Yun returns to Houston for their annual showcase. This traditional Chinese dance and musical group performs spectacular numbers choreographed with a full orchestra and high-tech backdrop to tell ancient stories of love, family and sacrifice. Perfect for all ages, this show delights with beautiful costumes and music while educating the audience about ancient Chinese culture. An excellent option to end your holiday season at the theater.