‘Tis the season for Christmas classics and holiday hysterics! All around the town are family friendly shows to entertain you and yours all throughout December/January! Here’s where you’ll find The Hive this winter!
Houston Grand Opera

It’s a Wonderful Life
DEC 2 – DEC 17

No man is a failure who has friends. HGO’s holiday opera series continues with the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Made famous by the 1946 Frank Capra movie, this timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel helps us realize the lasting impact our lives can have on those around us. Join us for the ultimate holiday classic from one of America’s leading composers (Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, and Great Scott).

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LUCIOLE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY
THE LITTLE PRINCE
By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Directed by Clara Ploux

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The tale of The Little Prince begins with an Aviator and his downed plane, lost in the Sahara desert. There, he encounters the mysterious Little Prince who has led a most peculiar life among the stars. When the Little Prince asks the Aviator to draw him a Sheep, the two begin to explore the purpose of life’s journey, meeting a cast of unforgettable characters along the way such as the Fox, the Rose and the Lamplighter. This philosophical story of an adult lost in the desert and the whimsical boy who helps him find home again has offered wonder and insight to countless readers of all ages. Now, it has been adapted into an off-Broadway play sensation that has successfully translated the magic of the story from the page to the stage.

Houston Ballet

Nutcracker
NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 27

Snowflakes. Sword fights. Dancing dolls. And a Christmas tree that reaches the sky. Stanton Welch’s opulent new production promises everything you love about The Nutcracker, brighter and more splendid than ever. In this, the most traditional tale, Clara and Drosselmeyer travel together to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince – and where the magic happens. With grand sets and stunning costumes, The Nutcracker, features the entire company of dancers playing hundreds of fun and exciting new roles.

Stages Repertory

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular
By Ted Swindley
November 09 – December 31 2016

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The Angels have been invited to perform a Christmas-time reunion concert in Nashville. When Angela is mysteriously absent, a gospel soul sister – who also happens to be a psychic manicurist – steps in temporarily until Angela reappears. Filled with both classic and comic yuletide favorites including Silent Night, Blue Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, this holiday spectacular is just the ticket for a festive season!

Panto Wonderful Wizard
By Rutherford Cravens, Based on the writings of L. Frank Baum
November 30 – December 31 2016

Oz meets Pantoland in Stages’ latest irrepressible family adventure. Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as they skip down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the way home. Stages continues its fresh holiday tradition for families with this playful mix of zany characters, toe-tapping pop songs, audience participation and spectacular fun for grownups and kids alike!

Ensemble Theater

THE FIRST NOEL
November 17 – December 30
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lelund Durond Thompson and Jason Michael Webb
Director and Choreographer Patdro Harris
Musical Direction by Carlton Leake

“The First Noel is a heartwarming musical that follows three generations of a family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time.”

Main Street Theatre

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, The Musical
Based on the book by Jane O’Connor
Book by Cara Lustik and Matthew Hardy
Music by Randy Klein
Lyrics by Matthew Hardy
Directed by Jimmy Phillips
Music Direction by Claudia Dyle

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Alley Theatre

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS
NOVEMBER 19 THROUGH DECEMBER 29
BY CHARLES DICKENS
ADAPTED AND ORIGINALLY DIRECTED BY MICHAEL WILSON
DIRECTED BY JAMES BLACK
HUBBARD THEATRE

“If you need a little Christmas right this very minute, this classic play is the natural choice!” (Houstonia)
Houston’s holiday favorite is back with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption. With joyous music, breath-taking costumes, and soaring sets, you’ll be transported to the streets of Victorian London. Dickens’ messages of hope, charity and kindness towards others mean more than ever this season. The Houston Chronicle raves, “..the Alley’s production is a marvel!”

THE SANTALAND DIARIES
DECEMBER 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31
BY DAVID SEDARIS
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY JOE MANTELLO
DIRECTED BY DAVID CROMER
NEUHAUS THEATRE
*RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE ELVES DUE TO LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER.

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Company Artist Todd Waite reprises his role as “Crumpet the Elf” in the outlandish, and true, chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as a worker in Macy’s SantaLand display. This compact, one-character comedy is a hilarious cult classic, featuring comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch. NPR humorist and best-selling author of Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humorists.


Houston Symphony

Handel’s Messiah
December 16-18, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Jones Hall

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

Landing Theatre Company

Benefit concerts for The Landing Theatre Company
One complimentary concession item of your choice is included with each ticket purchase

Annika Chambers– Friday, December 9, 2016 – 8pm

Paul Hope’s Holidays on Broadway
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 8pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 6pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 8pm

Chase Hamblin – Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 8pm

TUTS

INTO THE WOODS
DECEMBER 6 – 18, 2016
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine

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“Journey back in time to the Original Broadway production, and go deep Into The Woods with a stunning new version of the show helmed by Director Robert Longbottom. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The Tony Award winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.
Follow a Baker and his Wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.”