Christmas and Holiday Concerts 2021 / Live Music in Houston

Pentatonix returns on Christmas tour | Courtesy of Pentatonix

Hear the sounds of the season with many Christmas and holiday shows returning around Houston through December 2021.

While you wait to unwrap the presents under the tree, the holiday season is in full swing with a multitude of local and international talent bringing their Christmas and winter performances to Houston.

This year is even more special, as some of the most popular acts and performances will return on tour after being away in 2020.

Here’s our guide to the best holiday and Christmas concerts taking place around Houston in 2021:

2021 Christmas and Holiday Concerts around Houston

Week from Monday 22 November to Sunday 28 November 2021

Week from Monday November 29 to Sunday December 5, 2021

  • Holly Jolly Jingle at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Thursday 2 December | FREE – The annual tradition returns, bringing together students from Conroe ISD and high schools in Woodlands for an evening of holiday medleys and popular tunes. Go through early when the doors open at 6 p.m. to enjoy craft activities, snap a photo with Santa, or hop aboard the Candy Cane Express in the parking lot. Beginning of the concert at 7 p.m.
  • It’s Christmas John Waters at the Heights Theater | Friday 3 December – The legendary comedian, director and screenwriter arrives in the heights for the 25th annual installment of his Christmas tour, bringing a mark of holiday hilarity, searing shots and loud fun. Tickets range from $ 40 to $ 800. 8 p.m.
  • Latin Christmas with Houston Latin American Philharmonic at the Wortham Theater Center | Friday 3 December – Led by Maestro Glenn Garrido, the Houston Latin American Philharmonic returns to its traditional concert of seasonal works from the world of Latin American music, including villancicos, aguinaldos, parrandas, plena, salsa, gaitas and more. Tickets range from $ 29 to $ 96. 8 p.m.
  • Houston Symphony presents Musical Treats by Nutcracker at Jones Hall | Saturday 4 December | Virtual option – The family holiday concert returns for a Saturday morning full of selections from Nutcracker and other holiday favorites. The 11:30 am performance will also be broadcast live. Tickets cost $ 29. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • KSBJ presents For King & Country’s A boy drummer Christmas at the Toyota Center | Saturday 4 December – Christian pop duo, For King & Country, perform songs from their latest holiday album, A boy drummer Christmas, which rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Table of the best Christian albums. Tickets range from $ 25 to $ 150 and include Q&A and merchandise opportunities. 7 p.m.
  • Chris Mitchell presents White christmas at the leisure center | Sunday 5 December – Marvel at the sound of jazz saxophonist Chris Mitchell as he delivers renditions of seasonal favorites like “White Christmas” and “Let it Snow”. Tickets start at $ 72. 7 p.m.
Will Hearn’s Grand Ol ‘Christmas Show | Courtesy of the group

Week from Monday December 6 to Sunday December 12, 2021

  • Houston Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah at Jones Hall | From Friday December 10 to Sunday December 12 | Virtual option – The Houston Symphony and guest soloists will once again make their way through the Messiah in the return of the annual tradition to Jones Hall, including a choral performance of the exultant “Hallelujah”. The Saturday performance will also be broadcast live. Tickets range from $ 29 to $ 140. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
  • ROCO Connections: Christmas Brunch and Brass at the Czech Center Museum Houston | Saturday 11 December – The outpost of the Czech Culture, Art and History Museum Quarter hosts a Saturday morning brunch and optional guided tours of the museum space, accompanied by the holiday sounds of ROCO Brass Quintet. Tickets cost $ 70 and include food and drink. 11h.
  • Vicki Yohe & Orchestra Holiday Concert at the Bender Theater in Humble | Saturday 11 December – Gospel singer-songwriter and worship leader will take the stage with a live orchestra at the Humble Performing Arts Center to sing along to the classics of the holiday season. Tickets cost $ 20. 7 p.m.
  • Carols on the Green at Discovery Green | Saturday December 11 | FREE – Get your bagpipes ready to sing with the Texas Southern University Concert Chorale and the PV Chamber Singers from Prairie View A&M University as they engage in classic Christmas carols at this annual choir singing event. 7:30 p.m.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert at Toyota Center | Sunday 12 December – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic Christmas album, Christmas Eve and other stories, the multi-platinum progressive rock band returns to Houston for 2 shows that deliver electrifying performances in original and classically inspired pieces. Tickets range from $ 25 to $ 90. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Week from Monday December 13 to Sunday December 19, 2021

  • The 12 Ladies of Christmas with Angela Ingersoll at the George Theater | Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 December – AD Players presents a special Christmas show with Emmy nominee Angela Ingersoll that features popular Christmas shows through the voices of a dozen divas, including Judy Garland, Julie Andres, Janis Joplin, and more. Tickets range from $ 36 to $ 75. 7:30 p.m.
  • Houston Symphony presents Very happy POPS at Jones Hall | Saturday December 18 & Sunday December 19 | Virtual option – Rodney Ingram moves from Broadway to the Jones Hall stage to accompany the Houston Symphony in holiday picks and season favorites, as well as an appearance by Santa himself. Saturday’s second performance will also be broadcast live. Tickets range from $ 29 to $ 154. Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Affair with Vivian Green at Grooves of Houston | Saturday, December 18 – Third Ward Lounge & Bar welcomes R&B singer-songwriter Vivian Green on stage as part of their Holiday Affair. Kitchen, bar and bottle service available. Tickets range from $ 25 to $ 500. 7 p.m.
  • A Christmas Symphony with Sarah Brightman at the Smart Financial Center | Saturday, December 18 – The multi-talented, Grammy-nominated English soprano is joined by an orchestra and choir for an evening of mind-blowing renditions of holiday classics and fan favorites. Tickets range from $ 69.50 to $ 125. 7:30 p.m.
  • Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison: Holiday Shindig with Tony Kamel at the Heights Theater | Saturday, December 18 – The husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo returns with another installment of their Heights Theater vacation special. Tickets range from $ 26 to $ 448. 8 p.m.

Week from Monday, December 20 to Sunday, December 26, 2021

  • Pentatonix in concert at the Smart Financial Center | Tuesday, December 21 – Sugar Land welcomes the chart-topping, Grammy-winning a capella group known for their sensational renditions of pop hits and Christmas favorites, including their latest release for the holidays, Evergreen, which takes them on tour to the Smart Financial Center. Tickets range from $ 39.50 to $ 149.50. 8 p.m.
  • Mannheim road roller at the Smart Financial Center | Sunday 26 December – Celebrating their 35th anniversary of making music, the new age progressive rock group returns to their annual Christmas tour, delivering musically rich renditions of holiday classics and original songs, perfect for Boxing Day. Tickets range from $ 45 to $ 85. 7:30 p.m.
The Houston Symphony presents several holiday performances this year | Courtesy of Houston Symphony

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