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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever  
A.D. Players Theater The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 
Christmas is a time to be good and spread holiday cheer -- unless you're a part of the Herdman clan, in which case your goal is to partake in enough delinquent behavior to end up on a permanent naughty list. When the rowdy and rambunctious Herdman children show up at a local Sunday school in search of free snacks, they wind up getting cast in the annual snooze-fest of a Christmas pageant. The kids wreak havoc on the show, scaring off other cast members, offending the congregants and even setting fire to the church. But one way or another, the Herdman herd is determined to put on The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Don't miss this hilarious holiday classic -- based on the beloved children's book -- when it decks the halls at A.D. Players Theater in Houston.
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Join Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang in this heartwarming holiday musical based on the beloved animated TV special. Dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations with these beloved characters to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again. Featuring the song "Christmas Time is Here," the music of jazz artist Vince Guaraldi, and new original dance numbers, Main Street Theater's A Charlie Brown Christmas can be enjoyed at the Midtown Arts and Center Theater in Houston.
   
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas  
Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas
 
Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and holiday cheer returns to Alley Theatre. A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas has become a Houston seasonal favorite for its haunting yet heartwarming -- and frequently very funny -- reimagining of the journey of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. Fresh, clever details such as the casting of the same actor as both Marley and Scrooge's housekeeper, Mrs Dilber, "freshen a familiar story," said the Houston Press, "adding excitement and visual delight" to a tale that never loses its charm.
   
A Midnight Clear  
Stages Repertory Theatre A Midnight Clear
 
It's Christmas Eve 1964, and a snowstorm threatens to cancel a concert hosted by the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart. But when a mysterious stranger and a stranded motorist arrive at their chapel, the Sisters find that their carols have far more power than they'd imagined. A Midnight Clear sheds a little holiday light on all the ways Christmas touches each of us. You'll hear a merry mixture of the traditional and the original when the musical cast raises their voices and rejoices. Stages Repertory Theatre's artistic director Kenn McLaughlin and composer David Nehls follow up their hit production I'll Be Home for Christmas with this joyous new production at Houston's Arena Theater.
   
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  
Main Street Theater Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
 
It is a truth universally acknowledged that all Pride and Prejudice fans want to know two things: did Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy live happily ever after and did Mary find love? Get all the deets in this charming sequel to Jane Austen's timeless rom-com. Ignore your unwrapped holiday gifts and half-finished decorations and escape to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with your fav Bennet sisters and their cravat-wearing peacocking men in this new play. That peevishly practical and beloved bookworm Mary takes her turn as the Austenian heroine and her self-discovery and fight for love makes this an endearing outing for you and your pals or the whole family. "Make haste" to Main Street Theater - Rice Village because a feel-good comedy is just what the doctor ordered during this busy Houston holiday season.
   
Rock Nativity  
A.D. Players Theater Rock Nativity
 
We all know that the three wise men brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh -- but who brought the rock? Well, if you're looking for a contemporary twist on the greatest story ever told, follow the star in the east (or, you know, just fire up Google Maps) to Houston's A.D. Players Theater, where holiday musical Rock Nativity will add some contemporary pop rock flavor to the traditional story of the birth of the Messiah. Bring the whole brood and experience the mystery of the manger, the madness of King Herod and the magic of the Magi in this rockin' Christmas musical celebration.
   
Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight  
The Hobby Center Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight
 
A storybook kingdom of beautiful princesses, evil fairies and infectious pop tunes -- the whole family will be delighted by this updated version of the classic European fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight follows the princess Aurora, who has been cursed into a 100-year sleep by a dark fairy named Carabosse. Under the protection of her beloved companions Silly Billy and Nanny Tickle, Aurora waits in slumber until she is awakened by true love's kiss. This interactive show features plenty of magic, humor and contemporary pop music -- including songs by Blondie, Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Katy Perry and more -- that'll have audiences of all ages cheering and singing along. Don't miss this refreshing spin on a timeless tale when Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight comes to The Hobb Center for the Performing Arts in a production presented by Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS).