Holiday Shows

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Who doesn’t love dressing up in holiday dresses and heading out on the town for dinner and a show? We have an incredible list of holiday shows, including the Nutcracker, and theatre in Austin! Check out our list below and plan your holiday!


2016 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

December 14th – 24th

A star-studded music lineup is set for the 41st Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, an 11-day shopping destination and annual tradition for Austinites. Featured musicians range from emerging stars to local legends, as well as Grammy winners. Armadillo’s intimate stage allows guests to experience Texas music all-stars in a rare holiday setting surrounded by friends and family. The 2016 lineup includes 34 different bands/performers with six musicians new to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar this year.


A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 10th

Austin Chamber Music Center presents A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi. Featuring a live performance of all the music from this beloved television classic. Hear all your favorite pieces and more!


A Christmas Carol

November 30th – December 22nd 

Austin’s newest and most rockin’ holiday tradition! Each year, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s fresh and inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes the traditional Victorian setting and costumes with a modern musical score that spans all genres. Come celebrate the season with three soulful ghosts, the Cratchit family’s boundless love, and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous and joyous transformation.


A Cool Yule 

December 16th – 18th

This swingin’ TexARTS musical cabaret will make your holidays merry and bright as your favorite TexARTS stars deliver a wonderland of rousing holiday classics. Directed by Jarret Mallon (All Shook Up), this joyous evening of music will warm your heart with the songs of Andy Williams, Sinatra, Sugarland, Brian Setzer, Peggy Lee and more! A Cool Yule will remind you how special the holidays – and TexARTS – really are.


A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas Ft. Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown & Keiko Matsui

December 4th

Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Keiko Matsui, each a musical force in their own right, team up to give a jazz spin to well-known holiday classics.


A Peter White Christmas

November 25th

A Peter White Christmas will be a fun-filled contemporary jazz concert featuring White, Rick Braun and Euge Groove.


A Prairie Carol 

December 9th – 17th

Join Pioneer Farms for a special live-theater show of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Texas. 


An Early Christmas

December 9th – 11th

Putting its unique stamp of joyful carols and lullabies from Western Europe and British Isles, Texas Early Music Project will perform various arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harp, violin, flute, mandolin, viols and lute including several original arrangements of two Nativity pastorals from 1684 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and the choral masterpiece for 8 parts, Nesciens mater, by French composer Jean Mouton. Therese Honey will also join the troupe of soloists, choir and chamber orchestra.


Austin Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert

December 10th

At its annual holiday concert, Austin Civic Orchestra will feature jazz vocalist Suzi Stern. She will perform Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” arranged by her husband, George Oldziey.


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis 19th Annual Holiday Shindig

December 17th

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis return to celebrate the holidays, like only they can. The Texas twosome will perform sawdusty favorites from their recent duet records, Our Year and Cheater’s Game, songs from their own extensive solo catalogs and, of course, holiday favorites, old and new. Spend the holidays with Texas’ finest country couple. 


Christmas in the Community

November 26th -December 23rd

The Austin Symphony is once again bringing free music to all Austinites this holiday season. “Christmas in the Community” is a series of ten concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. The program kicks off on November 26th with woodwinds at the Macy’s at Barton Creek Mall and concludes December 23rd with big band music by the Stardust Orchestra at Symphony Square. All ten dates, times, and locations are listed below.


Christmas Story

 December 9th

The simple story of a young boy who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas sets the stage for a film that reflects our own family holiday experiences, reassuring us that we are not alone.

Though you may have seen it (over and over and over again) on TV, there’s nothing like seeing it with the whole family on the Paramount’s big screen, unedited, commercial-free, and on glorious 35mm film.


Elvis’ Rockin’ Nativity

November 26th, December 3rd, 10th & 17th

The Greatest Story Ever Told with the Devil’s Music

Back in 1970, Elvis Presley and a cavalcade of stars taped a Christmas Television Special that mysteriously vanished before it could air. This is that special.


Handel’s “Messiah”

December 6

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church. This will be the third season that the ASO has brought this performance to Hyde Park.


Holiday Concert

December 10th

On Saturday December 10th, the ACO will feature jazz vocalist Suzi Stern in its annual Holiday Concert.  Stern will perform Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, arranged by her husband, George Oldziey  Stern’s emotional clear voice, soaring with jazzy lyricism will create a magical unforgettable performance.


Holiday Heroes

December 17th

Now in its 17th year due to popular demand! In this hilariously fun holiday sing-along, students get into the holiday spirit with Ernie and Rufus. Celebrate the season with singing, laughter, and holiday cheer for all.


It’s a Wonderful Life Classic Radiocast

December 1st – December 23rd

Back by popular demand, the show draws audience members back in time to 1946 as members of the KPNF radio station are assembling for a live radio performance of It’s a Wonderful Life. Through dozens of characterizations and live foley sound effects, five talented actors tell the entire story, putting an imaginative twist on a cherished holiday tradition. Guests of all ages will fall in love with George Bailey and his timeless tale of despair, redemption and hope all over again.


Lourdes Perez & Friends Navidad

December 18th

This concert reunites Lourdes Perez with dear friends and musical collaborators, violinist Javier Chaparro, pianist Kay Rivers Kidd and singer-musicians Iluminada and Hartt Stearns for an unforgettable celebration of new life, old friends and eternal love: ¡Navidad!

This show is an Independent Artist’s Project, supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

December 26th

The Ultimate Holiday Tradition! MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years!   Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America.


Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas

December 2nd

A native Texan, Murphey’s songs have always reflected his lifestyle, and are understandably seen through a Western lens, often built on outdoor themes with the sensibilities of his cowboy lifestyle. 


Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee

December 20th

Robert Earl Keen brings his annual holiday party back to Austin for one night only, with help from special guests Doyle & Debbie. R.E.K.’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee is a holiday hootenanny like no other.


Snow Queen 2: Riddle of Eternity

December 3rd-17th

Austin composer/musician Laura Freeman returns with this all new musical for young audiences just in time for the holidays. This modern-day take on the classic Snow Queen fairy tale deals with themes of friendship, climate change, and gaming. And who knows? It might even snow again at Scottish Rite as it did last year!


Swingin’ Christmas

December 20th -22nd

New York cabaret stars Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch will return with an all-new celebration of yuletide cheer you can actually snap your fingers to. Caruso and Stritch, joined by Klea Blackhurst, will present a rollicking evening of jolly holiday tunes, In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso, and Stritch will liven up those familiar melodies and perform swinging arrangements of “Christmas Waltz,” “Holiday Season,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” “Snow,” and “It Happened In Sun Valley” among other favorites.


The Santaland Diaries

November 23rd – December 25th

David Sedaris’ ever-irreverent and giddily-cynical Macy’s elf Crumpet is back. This outlandish, true tale jingles to life on the intimate Whisenhunt stage as Crumpet exposes what it takes to juggle tiny tots and staggering Santas during the most festive time of the year. This merrily subversive and laugh ‘til you cry evening will delight all adult elves who like it more naughty than nice. At ZACH Theater. 


TexARTS presents Holiday Extravaganza

December 3rd – 4th

The TexARTS Broadway company stars in this holiday revue that features Rockette-style numbers, favorite holiday hits, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Darren Gibson.


TexARTS presents The Nutcracker

December 10th – 11th

TexARTS Youth Ballet Theatre presents its ninth annual production of The Nutcracker. Bring the whole family to this kid-friendly ballet and be swept off your feet as this holiday favorite with a cast of 28 comes to life on stage. Come join a festive party and watch in wonder as the Sugar Plum Fairy hosts a dazzling array of dances.


The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams

December 2nd – 4th 

The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams will be performed on December 2-4 at the George W. Carver Museum Theater. This is the fourth season the company has performed Suite Dreams, and we never tire of making our story fresh and irresistible to our audience. Come see what has made this ballet a family favorite, but with a new twist on the story.


Willie Nelson & Family New Year

December 29th – 31st

Austin’s hometown musician, WILLIE NELSON, returns to Austin City Limits Live to ring in the new year in style with three nights featuring special guest RYAN BINGHAM. New Year’s Eve will also feature a performance by LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL and appearances by Father Time Texas and Baby New Year!