Holiday Shows in Austin


What’s better than being transported into a magical holiday world? Austin’s holiday theatrical and musical shows are always so amazing. Check out our list below and plan your holiday!

A Charlie Brown Christmas 2023

December 2 | Stateside at the Paramount

Join the Austin Chamber Music Center for a live music performance featuring all of your favorite tunes from the holiday classic, and more! Bring your family to this Austin tradition and get in the holiday spirit!

A Christmas Carol

November 17 – December 31 | The ZACH Theatre

Sold out four years in a row, Austin’s hottest holiday tradition returns with new music and surprises to ring in the season. ZACH’s adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras.

A Christmas Carol

November 25 – December 16 | Hill Country Arts Foundation

A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

Conspirare Christmas

December 4 | Dell Hall

Conspirare Christmas reinvents the traditional holiday concert with songs of hope, courage and love. Isaac Cates & Ordained, the dynamic Kansas City Gospel choir known for their unique blending of sacred and secular choral sounds with modern Gospel, return for an encore collaboration that will have you on your feet! Click HERE for more concert information.

It’s a Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play

December 1 – December 17 (Select Dates) | Bastrop Opera House

Don’t touch your dial! America’s favorite holiday classic is live on stage at a snowbound 1940s radio station, with every memorable character, wacky sound effect, and the heartwarming conclusion of the iconic film recreated live before your ears—and eyes! With humor and humanity, George Bailey’s tale of love, loss, and redemption mixes an exuberant cast into a radio days hit come to life! A heaven-sent gift for the entire family.

One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall

December 1 – 17 | Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater

A Charming Celebration of the Season by Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton, and Craig Pospisil. Eight intertwined stories set in a Midwestern mall on the last shopping day before Christmas combine to create a charming and thoroughly entertaining holiday story for the whole family. A diverse cast of characters—from a lovesick mall Santa to an overeager mall cop, from a pair of brainy misfit teenagers to a pair of battling actors in a production of A Christmas Carol, from a petulant college freshman to a pair of newlyweds—navigate first meetings, second chances, and last-minute choices. One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall wraps the joys and sorrows of the season into one festive package that you’ll love opening!

Christmas at the Cailloux

December 21 | Cailloux Theater

A free musical variety show performed by KFUMC staff for the Kerrville Community. Pictures with Santa, goodie bags, and canned food drive. 5:15 at the Cailloux Theater.

A Drag Queen Christmas

December 23 | ACL Live

For the 9th consecutive year, Murray & Peter present, “A Drag Queen Christmas”, the longest running drag tour in America. Get ready for Host Miz Cracker plus your favorite queens performing live on stage and very special guest Todrick Hall. We’ve got Winners, Fan Favorites, OGs, Miss Congeniality, plus queens from Season 15 and All Stars 8. VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available. The M&G starts at 6pm. The show starts at 8pm. There will be a 20-minute intermission. 18+

A Merry-Achi Christmas with Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez

December 20 | ACL Live

Part of the romance of Mariachi songs is that all things are possible. The humor, the spirit, and even the bittersweet, inspire us to a world where we live out our dreams.

In that same way, much of the excitement of Jóse Hernàndez’ Mariachi Sol de Mexico® is that all things mariachi are possible. While his family tree is rooted in five generations of Mariachi musicians that hail from La Sierra del Tigre region of Jalisco, Jose built on that foundation to grow mariachi music in new lands, in new musical genres, and in the hearts of new audiences. Arranging and writing mariachi music is a legacy that Jose respects and loves.

Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

December 8 – 9 | Rollins Studio Theatre

It’s time to Ruin the Holidays… again! For the sixth time in Rollins Studio Theatre, composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds will burn down the house with his raucous, minor key versions of your holiday favorites. Join Graham, Ricky Davis on pedal steel, and more special guests to start your holiday season out with a bang!

Handel’s Messiah

December 5 | Riverbend Center

Handel’s Messiah is both a holiday classic and a city favorite. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let your ASO & Chorus Austin begin your holiday with a performance full of rejoicing! The Austin Symphony Orchestra presents its holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family!

November 24 – December 30 | Georgetown Palace

Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the BeastDisney’s The Little MermaidLittle Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, SeussicalOnce on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

December 8 – December 30 | Georgetown Palace

David Tuttle is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas. He tells her he’s working late at the office, but she finds out he isn’t at the office. A suspected other woman, hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and his gun-toting fiancée, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale that is hilarious Christmas entertainment any time of year.

Home Alone

December 14 | Dell Hall

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by your Austin Symphony Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

The Nutcracker by Ballet Austin

December 2 – 23 | The Long Center

From the twinkling lights, whirling snowflakes, and sparkling beauty of the exquisite sets and costumes comes the heart-warming story of young Clara and her nutcracker. Bringing the magic of the holiday season, the 61st annual production of The Nutcracker remains Austin’s longest-running live production. Join us as we share this beloved and enduring story, featuring live accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Experience the enchantment of the holiday season!

The Jinx & DeLa Holiday Show

December 14 | Bass Concert Hall

Starring BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon. 18+

Il Divo- A New Day Holiday Tour

December 15 | Bass Concert Hall

Sarah Brightman – A Christmas Symphony

December 19 | Bass Concert Hall

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

December 29 | Bass Concert Hall

By Chip Davis