Holiday Shows

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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!


A Charlie Brown Christmas 2021

December 12th

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!

Visit austintheatre.org/health-safety-update/ for the latest required safety protocol at the Stateside Theatre. For those who prefer to enjoy the program remotely, we will be streaming live on December 12 during the 3 PM show. Virtual registration is pay-what-you-can and includes on-demand access until January 7, so you can enjoy Vince Guaraldi’s music through the holiday season!


A Christmas Carol – ZACH

November 24th – January 2nd

After a year and a half, Austin’s hottest holiday tradition is BACK, with all-new music and surprises to ring in the season. ZACH’s singular 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.

This family-friendly spectacular creates an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness.

A Christmas Carol – Kerrville

November 19th – December 11th

No Christmas season is complete without a visit from old skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future who bring about the most famous transformation in literary history. Join a small group of actors who re-create the dozens of characters populating Dickens’ timeless tale of the redemptive power of Christmas.

A Christmas Carol – Reduced, Reused & Recycled

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!


December 16th – 19th

“A Cool Yule,” the TexARTS holiday tradition, returns for its ninth year! This swingin’ cabaret will warm your heart with the songs of Andy Williams, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Sugarland, Michael Buble, Peggy Lee and more!

This joyous evening of music features your favorite TexARTS stars from the TexARTS Professional Series.  “A Cool Yule” will remind you how special the holidays – and TexARTS – really are.


A Country Christmas at the Farm Street Opry

December 2nd

What makes The Farm Street Opry even more special for the holidays?

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS themed Opry night! Join us as we celebrate the season with a special night of fun and fellowship as the Farm Street Opry Band and guest perform great country music and your holiday favorites. Plus, Santa will make a special appearance! Y’all won’t want to miss this merry event!


A Drag Queen Christmas

December 17th

Here we come bigger and better this holiday season with your favorite queens performing live on stage. Hosted by Trinity The Tuck & Monet X Change and featuring Brooke Lynn Hytes, Kylie Sonique Love, Crystal Methyd, Heidi N Closet, Alyssa Edwards, Shea Coulee. It’s a magical night of fun with holiday classics and naughty shenanigans – with our all new production. All ages welcome – but remember – this is The Naughty Tour!


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

December 13th

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.


Dickens’ Christmas Carol

December 3rd – 30th

From the author of the popular Faith County and An Evening of Culture – Faith County II comes a completely different adaptation of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. From the bonny shores of England comes the Styckes-Upon-Thump Repertory Theatre Company, a stuffy old travelling troupe embarking on their fifteenth annual farewell tour of the Dickens’ tale. The company includes Sir Selsdon Piddock, the consummate actor, in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, with Mrs. Bettina Salisbury, Dame Rowena Middleton-Lewis, Mrs. Cordelia ffoliet-ffolkes ffortescue Woods, Teddy Shub and Elyot Crummels in multiple supporting roles. Sweet Cynthia Imbry, the general understudy, suddenly finds herself thrust onstage to perform a role she’s ill-prepared for! Bettina, the company diva, pretends to be ill, certain the production will be cancelled. However, much to her shock and rage, the show does go on without her! Roles are shuffled at the last minute and poor Cynthia finds herself center stage. The play begins but mid-way through the theatre doors open and in rushes Bettina, determined to reclaim her roles. Mayhem ensues as this professional company scrambles to keep the show going and everything that could possibly go wrong does, to hilarious, ridiculous results!


Elf The Musical

November 19th – December 30th

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.


Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

December 3rd & 4th

Back with a crop of Austin’s most talented musicians, composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds will once again wreak musical havoc with an explosive set of holiday favorites. By playing most of them in a minor key, Reynolds and his band bring a new perspective to these seasonal standards for the fourth time in our Rollins Studio Theatre.

Armed this time around with a ten-piece band, they’ll be cranking up the explosiveness with a rhythm section, string and horn section, and even adding a country twist with pedal steel. Top notch talent joining the madness will be Andre Hayward (trombone) and Ricky Davis (pedal steel), along with long-time collaborators Alexis Buffum (violon), Jeremy Bruch (drums), Utah Hamrick (bass) and more. Get ready for a set that is raucous, rocking, beautiful, introspective, and everything in between.


Holiday Jam-Bo-Ree

December 17th – 18th

‘Tis the reason for the season! Get in the holiday groove on the first night of the 3rd Annual HOLIDAY JAM·BO·REE featuring performances from A-Town GetDown, Flyjack & Graveltooth on Friday, December 17!

The second night of the HOLIDAY JAM·BO·REE featurs performances from Panic Stricken, Touch of Trey & Jagtronica.


New Year’s Eve with HeartByrne

December 31st

Masks are required and must remain in place unless eating or drinking.

Make your New Year’s Eve a “once in a lifetime” celebration with HeartByrne: A Tribute to Talking Heads. Ring in 2022 with a glitteringly great show full of all your favorite hits!

ABOUT HEARTBYRNE

HeartByrne pays tribute to Talking Heads and David Byrne, who fused pop, funk, art rock, and African rhythms into perhaps the most adventurous, danceable and timeless music to emerge from the new wave movement. HeartByrne picks up the torch where the seminal concert film ‘Stop Making Sense’ left off, breathing new life into the classics and pushing the grooves into uncharted sonic territory.  What began as an informal ‘hoot night’ has evolved into a must-see touring act featuring vocalist Andrew Harn and some of Austin, TX’s most talented musicians.


The Nutcracker

December 4th -5th

TexARTS Youth Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker.

Bring the whole family and be swept off your feet as our young dancers bring this glorious holiday favorite to life.  Join Clara at a festive party and watch in delight as the Sugar Plum Fairy hosts a dazzling array of dances in the enchanting Land of Sweets.  Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity. It’s the perfect holiday treat!


Rented Christmas, The Musical

December 3rd-19th

John Dale, a middle-aged bachelor and prominent businessman, has a challenging job for Anne Weston, proprietor of the local rent shop. He wants to rent a Christmas, not just with a tree and Christmas carols, but complete with a wife, a family, and all of the happiness for which he has been secretly longing. Anne believes she has creatively solved the problem of a Christmas family by calling the actors guild, but when the young actors come down with the measles, her last hope is to turn to the local orphanage. Still, the guild can’t locate a mother for the part, so Anne steps in at the last minute to play the role herself. A ’rented’ Christmas soon turns into a new life for all concerned, which makes this a very warm and special holiday treat.


River City Pops Presents ‘Tis the Season

December 17th-19th

‘Tis The Season is a fun and festive collection of your favorite holiday tunes, showcased through River City Pops’ exciting vocals, sparkling choreography, and hilarious takes on the best and worst of the holiday season. With everything from holiday classics to the best of Christmas pop and a live band onstage, this show is the perfect respite from the chaos of the season. Grab the whole family and settle in for your new favorite, ‘Tis The Season!

Robert Earl Keen’s The Road to Christmas

December 18th – 19th

Robert Earl Keen’s Road the to Christmas comes to ACL Live, December 18. Come see what secrets Robert and his Band have in store this holiday season at this family- friendly night of music.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join Robert Earl Keen for an annual Christmas tradition unlike any other.