The holidays are a great time to get together with your family and start experiencing the wonderful Houston theater scene together. With a number of shows both old and new celebrating the holiday season, you won’t want to miss out on any of these great productions that show all aspects of the Christmas season – from family togetherness to the drudgery of being a mall elf.
The Santaland Diaries
615 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Price: from $33
Hours: Nov. 24 to Dec. 30
Based on the true stories of David Sedaris’s time as a Christmas elf in the New York Macy’s SantaLand area, this one-man show is sure to delight everyone from Scrooge to the most fervent Christmas lover. Performed by award-winning Alley Theatre company artist Todd Waite, the show follows Crumpet the Elf through the process of Elf training, working with the different Santas and encountering the huge crowds that come to Macy’s for the Christmas display. Leave the kids at home for this one, though – it’s recommended for mature audiences only due to language and subject matter.
Stages Repertory Theatre
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77019
Price: from $25
Dates: Nov. 7 to Dec. 30
The Wonderettes are back – and this time with a holiday flair. In the year 1968, Betty Jean has organized the employee holiday party for Harper’s Hardware and hired the most popular group in town to entertain everyone: the Marvelous Wonderettes. Full of holiday cheer with a quartet flair, this show is a great way to ring in the holidays with everyone and enjoy the singing group Houstonians have been raving about.
A Little House Christmas
Main Street Theater – Chelsea Market
4617 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 770
Price: from $12
Dates: Nov. 10 to Dec. 22
Based on the beloved classic “The Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this play rejuvenates the Christmas spirit in the whole family. When the Ingalls family awakens on Christmas Day to find itself snowed in by a giant blizzard, it’s time to figure out how to spend the holidays whether Santa can make it through the storm or not. Mary and Laura are the main characters in this show aimed at young children (pre-K and up); follow their story as they learn the true meaning of Christmas spirit and friendship.
Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular
Houston Symphony at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Price: free lawn seats/$15 reserved orchestra seats
Date: Dec. 7
Join the Houston Symphony for a free performance to get you into the holiday spirit. The orchestra will perform old holiday classics, well-loved carols and pop favorites for everyone’s free outdoor enjoyment. To top it all off, the Houston Symphony has pulled a few strings and its good friend Santa Claus is coming down from the North Pole for a visit.
Santa’s Christmas Magic: The Musical
San Jacinto College Central
8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX 77501
Dates: Dec. 9 to 16
Come enjoy the magic of Christmas with Santa Claus. Children in the audience will have an opportunity to visit with Santa at intermission while they make sure the sinister plot to steal his magic hasn’t come true. Throughout the musical, families will be entertained by toys that dance and sing, a chorus of elves played by local children, and a heartwarming tale about the Christmas season and the spirit of togetherness.
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.