What’s better than being transported into a magical holiday world? Austin’s holiday theatrical and musical shows are always so amazing and now you can even catch a few at home. Check out our list below and plan your holiday!
Beto and the Fairlanes is one of Austin’s longest standing musical supergroups, having formed in 1976 as a dance-party-jam-band performing the compositions of Robert “Beto” Skiles”, the group’s leader and pianist. With excellent musicianship, very danceable rhythms and a large dose of humor, Beto and the Fairlanes became enormously popular among a surprising mix of music lovers. Dancing to Beto beneath the stars at Liberty Lunch became a truly “Austin experience”. The legendary venues of that time such as “The Armadillo World Headquarters,” “Liberty Lunch” and “Soap Creek” provided the catalyst for local bands like “Beto”, Stevie Ray Vaughn”, “Asleep At The Wheel” and “Jerry Jeff Walker” to develop Austin’s own unique style and culture. This incredible hot bed of artists, in turn, inspired the creation of the groundbreaking music show “Austin City Limits”. From these fertile beginnings, the popularity of Beto and the Fairlanes continues to grow.
This special December 13th show will celebrate the the holiday season with the best of Beto and special guest artists.
December 11th – 13th
Join the Austin Chamber Music Center for a free performance of all of your favorite tunes from the holiday classic! Celebrate the season with the original Charlie Brown music of Vince Guaraldi featuring pianist Michelle Schumann, bassist Utah Hamrick, and drummer Scott Laningham. Special guests include vocalist Michelle Haché and Ephraim Owens on trumpet. The event will be held virtually, with a video recorded live from the Draylen Mason Music Studio at KMFA Classical 89.5’s new home in East Austin. Registration includes access to both showtimes (December 11 & 13). Enjoy this annual tradition from the comfort of your home and get in the holiday spirit!
Now available on streaming video!
School’s out for the holidays, but Timmy Cratchit is stuck at Scrooge’s Plastic Emporium where his mom labors overtime on a last-minute deadline. Tim and his cousins work on a school project while Mr. Scrooge eavesdrops and learns about the serious environmental problems caused by the plastics his company produces.
This new family musical combines the suspense and tradition of the beloved Dickens tale with new hope for the future. All ages will groove to Laura Freeman’s original live music, dance, puppets, and more!
November 27th – December 30th
Seasons Greetings from A TUNA CHRISTMAS, the hilarious sequel to the hit comedy, Greater Tuna, with two talented actors portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! This time, it’s 24 hours before Christmas and the delightfully eccentric characters are attempting to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theatre production of A Christmas Carol, and a yard-decorating contest being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom.
This production will be indoors in the Palace Theatre on the Springer Stage. There will be a 2 seat separation between groups and empty rows every other row. Masks are required, even when sitting in your seat. No concessions will be sold at this time.
Updated protocols for inside shows include, but are not limited to: temperature checks at the door, masks required at all times, hand-sanitizer for every patron, frequent sanitizing of all surfaces, and 2 seat separation, an empty row between groups, staggered arrival and dismissal and social distancing throughout the building.
“A Cool Yule”, the TexARTS holiday tradition, returns for its eighth year! This swingin’ cabaret will warm your heart with a spectacular mix of holiday music performed by your favorite TexARTS stars. This year’s edition is a limited seating, COVID-safe, open-air cabaret and will be performed in the outdoor courtyard at the Sonesta Hotel Bee Cave. It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss!
Masks are required and social distancing regulations will be followed. Additional safety guidelines will be sent via email before your performance. The production will employ social distancing protocols and will be performed in the outdoors.
December 17th – 19th
Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas From the Fam-O-Lee Secret Santa Christmas comes to ACL Live, Thursday, December 17; Friday, December 18; and Saturday, December 19. Come see what secrets Robert and his Band have in store this holiday season at this family- friendly night of music.
The health & safety of fans, staff, and performers is our priority. Masks will be mandatory for all patrons at this event, and distancing is enforced throughout the venue. Each seating group is appropriately spaced from neighboring groups. All patrons will be asked to complete a health screening at the door, including a temperature check and brief questionnaire.
December 13th – 15th
Join Texas Early Music Project for its annual multilicious feast of Christmas music through the ages. With sweet medieval lullabies and joyous English and French carols, magnificent motets from Germany, dulcet Celtic cradle-songs and exuberant folk-tunes, and more, we celebrate this season of expectation and rebirth, along with different cultures encompassing more than 700 years of humanity’s hope, love, and joy. TEMP puts its distinctive stamp on the intangible essence and passion of Christmas with arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harps, violin, flute, mandolin, viols, and lute.