What’s the holiday season without a good show for the whole family? (The answer is, “boring.”) So why not take a break from the shopping and crowds and advertising and actually enjoy a little end-of-the-year cheer with one of these fine shows?
1. The Nutcracker, Nov. 28-Dec.28, Houston Ballet
The perennial, ubiquitous Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, plays for a solid month at the Houston Ballet. This year’s engagement runs from November 28 through December 28, so you can decide whether you like your fairy tales before or after you exchange presents with your loved ones. And as an added treat, the Houston Ballet will host a single performance of its annual Jubilee Dance on December 5.
2. Very Merry Pops, Dec. 12-14, Houston Symphony Chorus
No holiday would be complete without the spirited conducting of Michael Krajewski guiding the soaring sounds of the Houston Symphony Chorus in an all-decked-out Jones Hall during the annual Very Merry Pops concerts. Traditional favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Little Drummer Boy” will either put you in the holiday spirit, or … actually, there is no or. Just go and let yourself feel wonderful.
3. ’Twas The Night Before Christmas, Dec. 13, Jones Hall
You know the tale, but after all these years, isn’t it still your favorite thing to have read to you? Narrator Mirron Willis, tells the timeless story with the help of the Houston Symphony for a family night like no other. Festive carols come with the show, by the way.
4. Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 18-21, Jones Hall
If you’ve never seen or heard Handel’s timeless, transcendent opus to God, do yourself a favor and experience it for the first time with the Houston Symphony Chorus. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy he show, and the music is as sweeping and rousing as anything you will ever hear. This is the masterpiece that gave the world the thunderous “Hallelujah” choir, which, trust us, sounds far better in Jones Hall than it would in any other venue in Houston.