Haul out the holly, the elves, the Scrooges and all the holiday productions Houston has to offer.
Broadway at the Hobby Center presents Dear Evan Hansen, the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he always wanted: a chance to fit in. Through Nov. 24. 800 Bagby St. Tickets: BroadayattheHobbyCenter.org or 713-315-2400.
The Music Box Theater presents Back to the ’80s…Again featuring versions of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”, and more hits. Through Nov. 30. 2623 Colquitt. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents Panto Hansel and Gretl. Adam Howard’s take on a classic fairy tale follows the breadcrumbs into an outrageous reimagining of Hansel and Gretel as two selfish Houston parents pursue their dreams to be stars of the theatre after leaving their social-media obsessed children in the woods. Nov. 20 through Dec. 15. Stages also present Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play. This classic story of the last-minute Santa replacement for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade who claims to be Kris Kringle is adapted from the 1947 LUX radio broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith, with original lyrics, music, and arrangements by Jon Lorenz. Be part of the studio audience for the live musical radio play. Through Dec. 15. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
The Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. A family tradition from the pen of Charles Dickens, directed by James Black makes its annual return to the Alley stage. A family-friendly retelling of classic Dickens is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve and instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Through Dec. 29. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
The Alley also presents Fully Committed, Becky Mode’s comedy featuring 40 characters brought to life by one man. Sam works the reservation line at one of New York’s hottest restaurants, where the best food inspires the worst behavior. Coercion, threats, and bribes come from a cast of desperate callers who prove they will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation or the right table. Will Sam get home for the holidays? Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner and featuring Dylan Godwin. Nov. 26 through Dec. 29, with ActOUT performance and pre-show party for the LGBTQ audience. Dec. 5. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
Ensemble Theatre presents More Than Christmas, a warmhearted story and family, faith and forgiveness. Written by Celeste Bedford Walker, this world premiere features traditional Christmas Carols and inspirational original music. The Mercy Family is hosting its annual Christmas gathering where there is more than merriment behind each smile, and presents aren’t the only things that get unwrapped. Through Dec. 29. 3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.
Main Street Theater presents The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Robin Robinson. This story of Regency romance is back for the holidays as a companion piece to the delightful Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly — both a continuation of Jane Austen’s popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberly, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a different holiday scandal. Before long, everything reaches a boiling point, festivities spiral into chaos, and the truth comes to light in an utterly delightful way. Nov. 23 through Dec. 22. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: Main StreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Snowflakes, sword fights, dancing dolls, and a Christmas tree that reaches the sky! Stanton Welch’s opulent production promises everything you love about the story. With grand sets and stunning costumes, this classic features the entire company of dancers as well as many Houston Ballet students. Nov. 29 through Dec. 29. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. Tickets: HoustonBallet.org or 713-227-2787. Theatre Under The Stars presents Elf: The Musical. Based on the 2003 movie, this modern-day classic returns in an all-new production just in time for the holiday season. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, he embarks on a journey to New York City to discover his true identity and help the Big Apple remember the true meaning of Christmas. Dec. 2 through 27. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.