7 events to check out this month in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas

The Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson, presents “Candlelight Christmas.” (Courtesy Houston Chamber Choir)
The Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson, presents “Candlelight Christmas.” (Courtesy Houston Chamber Choir)

The Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson, presents “Candlelight Christmas.” (Courtesy Houston Chamber Choir)

A number of local events are taking place in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose and surrounding areas this holiday season, including plays, comedy shows and holiday concerts.

Dec. 7-Jan. 02: Enjoy a parody production

The Hobby Center for Performing Arts is hosting the touring production of “Potted Potter.” The unauthorized parody is a two-person show that brings viewers through all seven “Harry Potter” books. 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 7-10, 14-17); 2 p.m. (Dec. 11-12, 18-23, 26-30 and Jan. 1-2); 5 p.m. (Dec. 11-12, 18-19); 8 p.m. (Dec. 11). $59.99 and up. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Houston. 713-315-2525. www.thehobbycenter.org

Dec. 10-12: See a Christmas concert

George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” returns to the Houston Symphony. Chorus and guest soloists will recreate the concert’s refrains and arias, including the “Hallelujah” chorus. 8 p.m. (Dec. 10-11), 2:30 p.m. (Dec. 12). $80-$140. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., Ste. 102, Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org


Dec. 10-11, 26: See a holiday Christmas concert

The Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson, presents “Candlelight Christmas.” Patrons can bring donations for The Beacon, which works to end homelessness. 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 10-11), 3:30 (Dec. 11), 2 p.m. (Dec. 26, virtually). $10-$25. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-224-5566. www.houstonchamberchoir.org

Dec. 11: Stroll through the Heights

Hosted by the Woodland Heights Civic Association, the annual Lights in the Heights event allows the general public to walk down several streets in Woodland Heights while enjoying elaborate Christmas decorations and live music played from resident front porches. 6-9 p.m. Free (sponsorship opportunities available). Euclid and Byrne streets, Houston. www.woodland-heights.org

Dec. 16: Enjoy a local standup comedy show

Rudyard's hosts The Riot Standup Comedy Show. The event brings together five new comedians and a surprise host, with audience members being able to enjoy food and drink while watching the set. 9:30-11 p.m. $10. Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston. 713-521-0521. www.rudyardshtx.com

Dec. 30: See Roger Creager at a piano bar

Roger Creager, a Corpus Christi native and singer-songwriter, brings his charisma and high energy to the Goode Company Armadillo Palace for a singalong show. 8 p.m. (doors open), 9 p.m. (show starts). $25 (in advance), $30 (at the door). Goode Company Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby Drive, Houston. 713-526-9700. www.thearmadillopalace.com

Through Dec. 29: Watch a Winter Classic

The Alley Theatre is putting on its holiday production of “A Christmas Carol.” Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner, this is the first year the company will be presenting this version live and in person. 2:30 p.m. (Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 26); 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 4, 5, 10-12, 17-19, 21-23, 26, 28 and 29); 10 a.m. (Dec. 24). Costs vary. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas St., Houston. 713-220-5700.

www.alleytheatre.org
By Sierra Rozen

Metro Reporter, South Houston

Sierra joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in September of 2021 after graduating with a degree in communication and a minor in journalism from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. Sierra covers all things in the South Houston area but in particular covers Friendswood ISD, Friendswood City Council and Harris County METRO. Prior to CI, Sierra served as the viewpoints and life and arts editor for Hilltop Views, as well as interning for Austin Woman Magazine.

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