Plan Your 5-Day Holiday Weekend: December 22 to 26, 2022

Hit the Ice at Discovery Green for some Christmas Day frolicking | Photo: Lawrence Elizabeth Knox; courtesy of Discovery Green

Updated Friday, December 16, 2022 at 10:30am

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, December 22 to Sunday, December 26, 2022.

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Ongoing Theater Shows & Arts Performances

Many plays, musicals, and other stage shows span multiple weeks. Scroll down to find new shows opening this week, then ongoing performances, followed by shows that are wrapping up this weekend.

Keep track of more openings with our weekly roundup of Performing Arts events.

  • A Beatles Holiday Cabaret at Music Box Theater | Thursday & Friday | Ongoing – Singers take to the stage for this Beatles/Christmas mash-up show that features holiday traditional carols alongside Fab Four faves. Look for renditions of the iconic music group’s “In My Life/Christmas Canon,” “O Come All Ye Faithful/Revolution” and more. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • What-A-Christmas at Alley Theatre | Thursday to Saturday & Monday | Ongoing – In this brand-new, adult holiday comedy written by H-Town’s own Isaac Gómez, Margot is a Tejana Scrooge, on the Christmas Eve overnight shift. When her dead best friend Jackie Marley turns up and warns her about some spirits coming to visit, Margot is in for a wild night. $55 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre | Thursday to Saturday & Monday | Ongoing – The beloved Charles Dickens Christmas story returns, telling the tale of the miserly Scrooge visited by three spirits who compel him to change his ways, in a new production adapted and directed by Alley artistic director Rob Melrose. $41 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A.D. Players presents A Texas Carol at the George Theater | Thursday & Friday | Final Weekend – This Lone Star take on the holiday classic finds the whole family heading to Mee-Maw Jane’s ranch in East Texas for what might be her last Christmas. When they arrive, she’s already gone. How will they save Christmas? Recommended for ages 10 and up. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Main Street Theater for Youth presents Cinderella at MATCH | Thursday & Friday | Final Weekend – The beloved story comes to life as a musical, backed by music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This stage adaption is based on the popular teleplay, and captures the romance of Cinderella and her prince, the capers of her stepsisters and the magic of her fairy godmother, who shows that impossible things happen every day. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A Motown Christmas at Ensemble Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | Final Weekend – Get into the groove that only the signature sound from Detroit can deliver. This Motown revue in Midtown blends traditional holiday carols with soulful sounds from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more. $44 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Houston for the Holidays With DeQuina Moore at the Gordy | Thursday to Saturday | Final Weekend – The Houston native, who starred in Stages’ Plumshuga, hits the stage for a holiday-themed cabaret-style evening of song and story. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Panto Snow White & the Seven Dorks at the Gordy | Thursday to Saturday | Final Weekend – The Panto tradition returns with an all-new holiday show, this one delightfully skewering the Snow White tale. The Evil Queen has a high-tech virtual mirror and she’s banished Snow White to the wilds of Silicon Valley, where she encounters seven dorky hackers. Expect hilarity to ensue. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • TUTS presents Mary Poppins at Hobby Center | Thursday to Saturday | Final Weekend – The practically perfect nanny comes to town in a new production featuring songs from the beloved 1964 movie and new works written especially for the stage version. $40 and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Wortham Center | Thursday to Saturday & Monday | Final Weekend – The Tchaikovsky classic returns to the stage, as only the Houston Ballet can deliver it. Stanton Welch’s take on this beloved story of young Clara and the nutcracker she receives as a gift on one magical Christmas Eve offers grand sets, gorgeous costumes and stunning dance. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.

December 22, 2022

  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do are happening all weekend long. Scroll up and see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

A colorfully lit tunnel connecting two buildings of the MFAH campus

December 23, 2022

Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
at Toyota Center
Friday, December 23

Luka Doncic and ex-Rocket Christian Wood return to Houston for a pre-Christmas showdown on the hardwood.

$20 and up | 7pm

  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do in Houston are happening all weekend long. Scroll up to see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

Things to Do on Saturday, December 24; Sunday, December 25 & Monday, December 26 2022.

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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'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.