12 ways to spend the next few days of Christmas in the Greater Houston area

Here are 12 ways to get into the holiday spirit around the Greater Houston area this holiday season.

Here are 12 ways to get into the holiday spirit around the Greater Houston area this holiday season.

Between the ballet, the symphony, local theater companies and several free film screenings, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit in the Greater Houston area over the next two weeks.


Live Performances
1. 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 10-23, Dec. 30-Jan. 6
The Houston Ballet presents this classic holiday performance, which tells the story of Clara and her nutcracker that came to life on Christmas Eve. The ballet will take place at Sugar Land’s Smart Financial Centre from Dec. 10-23 and move to the Hobby Center in Downtown Houston from Dec. 30-Jan. 6. 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $35-$125. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street, Houston. 713-227-2787. www.houstonballet.org





2. 'Rock Nativity'
Dec. 12-16
This musical combines the story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem with '80s music and dancing, bringing a modern twist to a Christmas story. 10:30 a.m. $20. A.D. Players Mainstage Theater, 5420 Westheimer, Houston. 713-526-2721. www.adplayers.org





3. 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
Dec. 12-23
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, this play tells the story of the ill-behaved Herdman siblings and their participation in the church’s annual Christmas pageant. 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $20. A.D. Players Mainsage Theater, 5420 Westheimer, Houston. 713-526-2721. www.adplayers.org





4. 'A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas'
Dec. 13-17, 19-24, 26-30
The Alley Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The play is geared toward children ages 6 and older and runs for approximately 1 hour and 47 minutes including one intermission. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $26-$140. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas St., Houston. 713-220-5700. www.alleytheatre.org





5. 'A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas'
Dec. 13-17, 20-24
Stages Repertory Theatre presents this musical set in 1964 that tells the story of the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart and their encounter with a stranded motorist in the midst of a snowstorm. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. $25-$68. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Ste. 101, Houston. 713-527-0123. www.stagestheatre.com





6. Houston Symphony presents Handel’s 'Messiah'
Dec. 14-17
Under the direction of conductor Paul Agnew, the Houston Symphony Chorus, soloists and orchestra perform Handel’s "Messiah." The performance on Dec. 14 will take place at Sugar Land Baptist Church before moving to the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Discounted student tickets are available for $10. 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. $29-$130. Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Fwy., Sugar Land. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org





Film Screenings
7. Moonlight Movies: Holiday Edition
Dec. 13
Presented by Sewell Cadillac, this event will feature a free screening of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” a holiday performance by the Houston Christian High School Choir and popcorn. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, but no outside food or beverages will be permitted. 6 p.m. Free. CityCentre Houston, 800 Town and Country Blvd., Houston. 713-629-5200. www.citycentrehouston.com





8. Screen on the Green: 'It’s a Wonderful Life'
Dec. 14
Discovery Green presents a free outdoor screening of the Christmas classic, "It’s a Wonderful Life." Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. 7 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com





9. 'National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation' screening
Dec. 14
City Acre Brewing Co. presents a free screening of "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation," starring Chevy Chase. A holiday-themed dinner and beverages will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. Free. City Acre Brewing Co., 3418 Topping Street, Houston. 832-377-0237. www.cityacrebrewing.com





10. 'The Polar Express' movie screening
Dec. 16
As part of its Family Movies on the Lawn series, Baybrook Mall presents a free outdoor screening of "The Polar Express." 11 a.m. Free. Baybrook Mall, 1132 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood. 281-488-4627. www.baybrookmall.com





11. Movies in the Park: 'Elf'
Dec. 16
Attendees can enjoy an outdoor screening of "Elfat the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park Amphitheater. The event also includes a create-your-own popcorn activity and opportunities for photos with Santa Claus. 7 p.m. $30 (family of four), $8 (per additional family member). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park Amphitheater, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov





12. 'A Christmas Story' movie screening
Dec. 17
Karbach Brewing Co. and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema present a free screening of "A Christmas Story." Drinks will be available for purchase. 6 p.m. Free. Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach St., Houston. 713-680-2739. www.karbachbrewing.com


By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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