Top 15 Holiday Performances This Season: December 2021

"The Nutcracker" returns for the 2021 Holiday Season | Courtesy of Houston Ballet

Don your favorite holiday duds for 15 holiday performances that are sure to get you in the spirit during the 2021 holiday season. 

From holiday music showcases to Christmas-laden dramas and comedies, there are plenty of performances and theatrical holiday performances to choose from this holiday season.

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Top 15 Holiday Performances This Holiday Season: December 2021

  • Latin Christmas 2021 with Houston Latin American Philharmonic at Wortham Theater Center | Friday, December 3 – Led by maestro Glenn Garrido, the Houston Latin American Philharmonic returns to the their traditional concert of seasonal works from the world of Latin American music, including villancicos, aguinaldos, parrandas, plena, salsa, gaitas and much more. Tickets range from $29 to $96. 8pm.
  • A Beatles Holiday Cabaret at Music Box Theater | Friday, December 3 to Tuesday, December 28 – Houston’s favorite cabaret blends the Beatles and Christmas in this show that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Tickets start at $35. Dates and times vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents The Snowy Day at Wortham Theater Center | Thursday, December 9 to Sunday, December 19 – Based on the groundbreaking and enduring children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats, this world premiere follows the story of Peter, an African American boy in New York, who heads out to play on a snowy day. As he explores the city on his own for the first time, he learns something about life and the delights of snowfall. Tickets start at $30. Dates and times vary.
  • Houston Chamber Choir presents Candlelight Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral | Friday, December 10 & Saturday, December 11 | Virtual Option – The Grammy Award–winning ensemble offers joyful seasonal music accompanied by organ recitalist Daryl Robinson and the Treble Choir of Houston. Tickets are $25. 7:30pm each night; a virtual performance will be available on Sunday, December 26 at 2pm.
  • A.D. Players presents The 12 Dames of Christmas with Angela Ingersoll at the George Theater | Monday, December 13 & Tuesday, December 14 – A.D. Players presents a special yuletide spectacular with Emmy-nominee Angela Ingersoll performing back-to-back shows of popular Christmas faves through the voices of a dozen divas, including Judy Garland, Julie Andres, Janis Joplin, and more. Tickets range from $36 to $75. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Very Merry POPS at Jones Hall | Saturday, December 18 & Sunday, December 19 | Virtual Option – Rodney Ingram makes a move from Broadway to the stage at Jones Hall to accompany the Houston Symphony in holiday selections and seasonal favorites, plus an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The second performance on Saturday will also be livestreamed. Tickets range from $29 to $154. Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • Apollo Chamber Players presents Holiday Voyage 2021 at First Congregational Church | Saturday, December 18 – This fourth annual concert from the quartet features Christmas, Jewish and Kwanzaa–inspired music, including a new commission by Brian Nabors spotlighting vocalist Wayne Ashley, member of the Grammy-winning Houston Chamber Choir. 7pm.
  • A Christmas Symphony with Sarah Brightman at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, December 18 – The multi-talented, Grammy-nominated English soprano is joined by an orchestra and choir for an evening of show-stopping renditions of holiday classics and fan favorites. Tickets range from $69.50 to $125. 7:30pm.
  • Main Street Theater for Youth presents A Little House Christmas at MATCH | Saturdays through Saturday, December 18 – Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s enduring classic, Little House on the Prairie, this family-friendly story finds the pioneer family celebrating Christmas on the vast prairie. Sisters Mary and Laura learn the true meaning of family and love. Tickets start at $18. Saturdays at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Main Street Theater | Through Sunday, December 19 – This delightful bon-bon of a show presents itself as a sequel to Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, with middle sister, the bookish Mary, at its heart. As the Bennet sisters gather at Pemberley for a Christmas celebration, Mary longs for adventures outside the family’s expectations. Clever wordplay and sparks fly when an unexpected guest turns up. Tickets start at $42. Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3pm.
  • Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Wortham Theater Center | Through Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 – The beloved ballet is back on stage, telling the story of a little girl named Clara and what happens one magical Christmas Eve when a toy nutcracker comes to life. This classic, family-friendly ballet features instantly recognizable music and stunning dances. Tickets start at $27. Dates and times vary.
  • A.D. Players presents The Christmas Shoes at the George Theater | Through Sunday, December 26 – This world premiere adapts the best-selling book (which led to the popular song) of the same name and follows a workaholic attorney named Robert who crosses paths with a little boy on Christmas Eve. The boy teaches Robert about family and love, and reminds us of our shared humanity. Tickets start at $25. Dates and times vary.
  • A Motown Christmas at the Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, December 26 – This regional premiere musical blends traditional Christmas favorites with Motown classics, promising a soulful, fun-filled time for the whole family. Tickets start at $44. Dates and times vary.
  • A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre | Through Wednesday, December 29 – The Christmas classic gets a refresh, as a troupe of players gather to bring the story of Scrooge and the ghosts he encounters to life, in less-than-ideal conditions. This new production offers much to like in its twist on the heartwarming story. Tickets start at $41. Dates and times vary.
  • Stages presents Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold at the Gordy | Through New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31 – The irrepressible Sister is back, in a CSI-esque adventure that finds her on a quest to discover what happened to the gold the Magi brought as a gift for the baby Jesus. Expect laughs, music and a little improvisation along the way. Tickets start at $25. Dates and times vary.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to Eater.com's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.