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Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)
Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, Jordan Smith
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The Grammy winners, musical collaborators, and close friends co-bill their popular Christmas tour this holiday season. For the second consecutive year, the pair is joined by Jordan Smith, best known from his work on season nine of NBC’s The Voice. Incorporating a full symphony orchestra at each performance, this seasonal crowd-pleaser is a must-see event for music fans. THROUGH DECEMBER 31
The Santaland Diaries, Alley Theatre Neuhaus Theatre
Todd Waite reprises his role as Crumpet the Elf in the outlandish chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as a worker in a Macy’s display. THROUGH DECEMBER 31
The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns The Menil Collection
Spanning 50 years of the artist’s career with works from 1954 to 2014, the exhibition maps introductions, continuities, and breaks among motifs. DECEMBER 1
SUSTO, Esmé Patterson
Songs of Freedom: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone, Da Camera Cullen Performance Hall (The University of Houston)
Vocalists René Marie, Theo Bleckmann, and Alicia Olatuja pay musical tribute to prolific artists who championed freedom in the realms of civil rights, individuality, love, and politics. DECEMBER 1-2
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)
A timeless tale of hope and redemption in a delightful theatrical performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. DECEMBER 1-3
The South Carolina country-rockers specialize in sneaky tunes that often employ single-note guitar licks playing the melody.
Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
Very Merry Pops, Houston Symphony Soloist Megan Hilty (NBC’s Smash, Broadway’s Wicked) joins the orchestra and chorus for holiday classics, plus songs from her new album, A Merry Little Christmas.
Hermann Square at City Hall
A towering tree glowing with brilliant lights, shimmering ornaments, and a stunning topper light up downtown for this 97-year tradition.
Del Castillo Heights Theater
Brothers Rick and Mark del Castillo founded the Latin rock back back in 2000, becoming fixtures on the Austin music scene.
Celebrate the Southwest’s most authentic treats. Some of the state’s finest wines and beers are also featured at the delicious annual event.
Dr. Seuss’ zany world of Whoville comes alive with local high school singers in the classic story of the grouchy, green creature, plus a festive holiday sing-along for all.
Houston Tamale Festival
Dickens on The Strand The holiday street festival is modeled on 19th century London and features parades, strolling carolers, roving musicians, jugglers, and more.
A Grinch Christmas, Houston Symphony
Ruthie Foster, Grace Pettis
Wine Walk Houston
The native Texan mixes a wide swath of blues, jazz, folk, soul, and gospel in her musical palate.
Find your favorite wine, sample appetizers and desserts, enjoy music, and raise money for Italian Greyhound Rescue at the annual event.
AC2: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen* Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)
She may be the best-known performer in the world. The Grammy and Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominated superstar has amassed an outstanding 30 million global album sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her fifth studio album, Joanne, debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Top 200, marking her fourth consecutive number one album.
Dream Theater Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)
Get in on an unscripted, uncensored, and interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events.
The pioneering group celebrates a quarter century since the release of their milestone gold album, Images & Words.
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)
A Texas Country mainstay (and former half of Foster & Lloyd), his music has been recorded by The Dixie Chicks and more.
The Grammy-winning native Texan is among the state’s great musical treasures, playing classics such as “If I Had a Boat.”
Home For the Holidays, Houston Choral Society The Foundry United Methodist Church
Christmas favorites, sing-alongs, plus Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest,” a collection of Spanish carols set for soloists, harp, guitar, and marimba.
House of Blues
The Canadian rapper has made a name with a steady stream of hip-hop, releasing four EPs and albums since 2012.
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