Holiday Shows


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!

2017 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

December 14th – 24th

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, held December 14-24 at the Palmer Events Center is an 11 day fine art shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, a live music stage with big acts and quality sound, two full bars and local food, all in a festive, lively atmosphere. Meet and shop from over 170 carefully curated artists. Fill your holiday season with great stories and handmade gifts with an exciting variety of fine art, heirloom pieces, and stocking stuffers. Make holiday shopping a fun tradition in an upbeat, family-friendly environment.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 9th

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 22nd – December 31st

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with a new music to get the party started! ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a musical score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the HoHoHolidays in this family celebration, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Join the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to miraculous transformation, as he rediscovers his heart and love for human kindness.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

December 29th – 31st

From the songwriting team behind the smash hit tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film  La La Land, A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the  Associated Press calls A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL “a joyous Christmas miracle,” while The New York Times writes “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.”

A Cool Yule 

December 14th – 17th

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.

Tidings of Jazz and Joy

December 15th

The “Tidings of Jazz & Joy” celebration concert stars Matsui and saxophonist Euge Groove and features vocalist Lindsey Webster and guitarist Adam Hawley.

A Prairie Carol 

December 1st & 2nd

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

A Tuna Christmas

November 1st – December 31st

It’s Yuletide season in itty bitty Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! Between the holiday yard display contest and the Little Theatre’s A Christmas Carol on the brink of cancellation, it’s a miracle anyone gets tinsel on a tree. Three actors play all 25 colorful citizens of Tuna, including OKKK Radio hosts Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie who report on the small-town festivities. This satirical ode to the season is spiked with enough sass and shenanigans to make for one Texas-sized jolly holiday.

An Early Christmas

December 8th – 1oth

We explore the intangible essence of Christmas with beautiful and joyful carols, motets, dances, and traditional songs from France, Germany, the British Isles, and more with innovative arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harp, violin, flute, mandolin, viols, and lutes. With harpist Therese Honey.

Austin Homegrown

December 10th

It’s always a great pleasure for us to feature local artists! On Sunday, Dec. 10, the ACO welcomes the choirs from St. Edward’s University and Austin Community College for a performance of Donald Grantham’s So Long As Days Shall Be at the AISD Performing Arts Center. Dan Welcher will conduct his own composition, Prairie Light, and the concert will also include works by Joan Tower and Leroy Anderson.


  • Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6 by Joan Tower
  • Prairie Light: Three Texas Watercolors of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dan Welcher
  • So Long As Days Shall Be by Donald Grantham, featuring the St. Edward’s University Choir and Austin Community College Choir
  • The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé, arranged by Robert Lowden
  • White Christmas by Irving Berlin, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett
  • Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
  • Jazz Legato by Leroy Anderson
  • The Phantom Regiment by Leroy Anderson

Christmas in the Community

December 2nd -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.

Handel’s “Messiah”

December 12th

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 Heroes

December 2nd & 9th

It’s the holiday season, and RED and GREEN—who work in a factory sorting packages—are sharply divided between the red side and the green side. One day, instead of a package, RED and GREEN receive a visitor—PURPLE. PURPLE doesn’t fit on either side, and GREEN can’t seem to get rid of her. Through music, mime, physical comedy, and mischief, PURPLE helps RED and GREEN learn the value of giving, empathy, and seeing the world from another point of view.

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

December 2nd – December 16th

Based on the popular chapter book, ASRT presents Junie B on stage as she struggles to take revenge on her nemesis “tattle-tale” May. This is a hilarious and heartwarming holiday tale.

Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast

November 30th – December 23rd

If Kris Kringle, everyone’s favorite Macy’s Santa Claus, is to win his freedom and restore the city’s faith in the true meaning of Christmas, he and his friends will need to pull off nothing short of a miracle!

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

December 16th

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.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 24th – 25th

The original television classic comes to life!

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes your different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.


The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams

December 8th – 10th 

Back by popular demand, this season will begin with an original ballet based on the timeless classic, The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams debuted in 2013 and will be returned to the stage on December 8-10 at the Boyd Vance Theater.

Wassail 2017: A Solstice Christmas Celebration

December 17th

Please join us for Wassail 2017, a fantastic evening of music, song, stories, puppets, magic, and mummers… and this year we celebrate the Czech heritage of Texas!

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!