Theater District for Holiday Downtown Houston Entertainment

Needing to get the kids out of the house over the Christmas break? Or maybe you’ve got relatives coming in town who could use an evening of fun? With so many Downtown Houston entertainment options, this holiday season has plenty of places to go. The venues in the Theater District have many options to choose from. Book those tickets now before they sell out.

The Wortham Center

The Nutcracker

Stanton Welch’s opulent new production of the Houston Ballet promises everything you love about The Nutcracker, brighter and more splendid than ever. Clara and Drosselmeyer travel together to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince.

The Alley Theater

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

Scrooge in the Alley Theater in Downtown Houston.

Scrooge in the Alley Theater in Downtown Houston.

Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve.

The Santaland Diaries
For Mature Audiences Only. Company Artist Todd Waite reprises his role as “Crumpet the Elf.” Based on the outlandish and true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as a worker in Macy’s SantaLand display.

Jones Hall

The Houston Symphony at Jones Hall offers several noteworthy performances this holiday season. The following productions on take place on select dates:

12 Days of Christmas
Join the orchestra along with the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Chorale for an afternoon of singing. Hear the calling birds, French hens, turtle doves and, of course, a partridge in a pear tree. Audience participation is a must.

It’s a Wonderful Life
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life with music performed by our live orchestra. Your holiday just got even more special with Frank Capra’s great American Christmas classic. The Houston Symphony and members of the Symphony Chorus play and sing together. The journey of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his guardian angel are on screen. This live performance of Dimitri Tiomkin’s heartwarming score features newly-restored music.

Handel’s Messiah
Celebrate Christmas with Houston’s premier performances of Handel’s Messiah. This timeless classic is brought to life through Baroque arias and rousing choruses. From “Ev’ry Valley” to the famed “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel’s Messiah is a true Houston Symphony holiday tradition.