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Tis' The Season For Holiday Events

A Tuna Christmas returns to Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House, December 11 through 16.

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Champions Village Holiday Open House
The third annual Champions Village Holiday Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by for continuous entertainment, including Santa playing the sax, a barbershop quartet, choral performances from local schools and complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides. Participating stores will offer in-store savings as well as holiday goodies and refreshments. Champions Village Shopping Center is located at FM 1960, Champion Forest Drive.

Danny O'Flaherty's Celtic Christmas
The holiday season will begin on an Irish note at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Danny O'Flaherty's Celtic Christmas performance will include rarely heard traditional songs performed with a blend of vocal and musical talents. Performances coincide with the annual Dickens on the Strand festival, November 30 and December 1. For ticket prices and show times, visit www.thegrand.com or call 1-800-821-1894.

Share Your Warmth
Donate a warm clothing item to any Sun & Ski Sports location and receive $10 off of every $79 spent that day. All warm clothing donations will be sent to Star of Hope. Sun & Ski Sports has five area locations: Katy Mills Mall (281-644-6040), 6100 Westheimer (713-783-8180), Memorial City Mall (713-464-6363), 5503 FM 1960 (281-537-0928) and 1355 Bay Area Boulevard (281-316-1365).

Holocaust Museum Houston
Take advantage of a rare chance to see surviving diaries written by children in the Holocaust in the "Private Writings - Public Records" exhibit. Also on display: "Cover Them," a quilt installation by Rachel Brumer featuring ten art quilts made in memory of lost children of the Holocaust. Both exhibits continue through January 27. Admission is free. The Holo-caust Museum is located at 5401 Caroline Street. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 713-942-8000.

A Christmas to Remember with Amy Grant
In an evening of your favorite holiday music, sing-alongs and "Tender Tenne-ssee Christmas" stories, Amy Grant will perform at the Compaq Center with special guest appearances by Vince Gill, Rachael Lampa and Nickel Creek. Friday, November 30, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30.50 to $80.50 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations.

A Christmas Carol
Presented by the Alley Theatre, this is a family holiday classic, on the large stage at 615 Texas Avenue. Opens November 23 and continues until December 31. Call 713-228-8421 for show times and ticket reservations, or call any Ticketmaster locations. www.alleytheatre.org

The Nutcracker by Houston Ballet
The company revives its dazzling production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by artistic director Ben Stevenson to Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved score. Hous-ton Ballet will give 32 performances of The Nutcracker at Wortham Theater Center from November 23 to December 30. For tickets, call 713-227-ARTS. www.houstonballet.org

The Festival of Trees
Moody Mansion invites you to view the decorating talents of local Galveston schoolchildren. Fifteen twinkling Christ-mas trees, each decorated by a different school from the Galveston Independent School District, will be displayed throughout the mansion through January 6. Pro-ceeds benefit Galveston ISD. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children age six to 18. Moody Mansion is located at 2618 Broadway in Galveston. For more information, call 409-762-7668.

Dickens on the Strand
Galveston's Stand National Historic Landmark District will come alive with the sights and sound of Victorian London December 1 and 2. The highlight of the event, the Queen's Parade, takes place at 2 p.m. both days of the festival and will be led by a bagpipe band and the Queen's Guard of Beefeaters. Saturday evening the Pickwick Lantern Light Parade strolls through the streets. Admission is free for those dressed in Victorian costume and for all children 11 and under. Advance tickets are $8, $10 at the gate. Call 409-765-7834 for more details and to purchase advance tickets.

Pascal Robinson Galleries
An invitation-only reception will be held for Dorman David on Saturday, Decem-ber 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those without an invitation, Dorman David's exhibition will be open to the public from December 4 through January 5. Pascal Robinson Galleries is located at 2307 West Alabama, between Kirby and Shepherd. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 713-521-2215.

The Woodlands Dance Company
Boni's Dance and Performing Arts Studio presents The Woodlands Dance Com-pany's 15th annual The Nutcracker at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Per-formances are at 7 p.m. on December 1 and 2. Tickets are $10. Proceeds from the show benefit the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund and the Montgomery County Children's Safe Harbor. To purchase tickets, call 281-292-6121 or visit www.bonisdance.com.

 

Into the Woods
Theatre Under the Stars presents Into the Woods at the Arena Theatre. Perfor-mances are December 4 through 16, Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit www.tuts.org for ticket information.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Burke Baker Planetarium
Holiday Lights and Lasers - Discover the reason for celebrations of the season and enjoy your favorite holiday songs with dancing lasers, spinning stars and full-dome 3-D effects set to music.

Warm Fuzzies
Join Houston Press Romance and SingleFile magazine at the Houston Zoo on Thursday, December 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Meet someone special for the holidays and mingle among the animals in the Discovery Room. There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Attend this event for $5 by placing your free 40-word Romance ad. Event is $20 without a Romance ad. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Houston Zoo. For more information, call 713-280-2425.

Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas
Celebrate the holidays with tales of the Old West in this warm-hearted cowboy Christmas. This cowboy crooner will spin tails, read poetry and sing cowboy Christmas songs at two Houston-area performances: Saturday, December 8, at Wortham Center's Cullen Theater, and Saturday, December 22, at the Grand 1894 Opera House.

The Christmas Post
First Baptist Church of The Woodlands brings our favorite Norman Rockwell paintings to life in this 1947 Broadway-style holiday musical on Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m. at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Gates open at 7 p.m. Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food items will be collected at the gates for this free performance. Food donations benefit the South Montgomery County Food Bank. Call 281-367-4317 for more information.

19th Annual Jingle Bell Run and Walk
Sunday, December 9, the run/walk starts near the intersection of Lamar and Bagby, and will finish in Sam Houston Park. There is a five-mile course for runners and wheelchair athletes, a three-mile course for family groups and a one-mile kids walk. Visit Houston-area YMCA locations or go to www.jinglebellrun.org to register. $10 for kids 13 and under; $20 for adults through November 24, $23 after November 24. For more information, call 713-758-9295.

A Tuna Christmas
The traditions of the holidays continue as A Tuna Christmas returns to Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House, December 11 through 16. Celebrating their 12th anni-versary in Galveston, this special laugh-filled six-day run is sure to keep you in the spirit of the season. Original cast members Joe Sears and Jaston Williams portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, Texas. For ticket prices and show times, visit www.thegrand.com or call 1-800-821-1894.

Holiday Open House at Uptown Park
On Thursday, December 13, select Uptown Park merchants will keep their doors open until 9 p.m. Holiday goodies and beverages will be served, horse-drawn carriages will take you to your destination, and along the way you will be entertained with special holiday music and characters. In addition, each of these generous merchants will donate 5 percent of after-hour sales to the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund.

A Very Merry Pops
The Houston Symphony, with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, celebrates the season December 13, 15 and 16 with a new program filled with holiday fun, including the spirited sing-along and the cheerful tale of The Night Before Christmas, narrated by Houston's own Steve Smith. Tickets for all performances can be purchased at the Houston Sym-phony Customer Service Center in Jones Hall by calling 713-224-7575, and at all Ticketmaster locations. www.houstonsymphony.org

Mercy Street Christmas Celebration with the Harbor Lights Choir
You are invited to join Mercy Street as they celebrate the miracle of Christ-mas on Saturday, December 15 at 5:30 p.m. The service features the extraordinarily soulful sounds of the Salvation Army Harbor Lights Choir singing a blend of traditional and contemporary holiday tunes as well as a down-to-earth message about this season of celebration. Dinner will be offered following the celebration. Mercy Street is located at 11140 Greenbay Drive just west of Voss off of Memorial Drive. For more information call (713)354-4487 or visit www.mercystreet.org.

The Story of the Snowman
Presented by the Houston Symphony on Saturday, December 15, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This delightful tale by Howard Blake will highlight the annual children's Christmas First Concert. Favorite holiday friends like Frosty and Rudolph and the carol sing-along will round out the concert conducted by Mariusz Smolij. Tickets can be purchased at the Houston Sym-phony Customer Service Center, and at all Ticketmaster locations. www.houstonsymphony.org

 

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Bash
Party down with six rockabilly bands at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge Friday, December 21. Bands include the Flame-trick Subs and the Luxurious Panthers. Then come back for more on Saturday, December 22, for Russell's All Night Party V Christmas Style. Four pop/rock bands are on the bill. Cover for each show is $5. Bring a canned food item for the Houston Food Bank and get $1 off. Doors open at 9 p.m., shows start at 10 p.m. The Fabulous Satellite Lounge is located at 3616 Washington Avenue. Call 713-869-COOL for more information.

Handel's Messiah
A Houston holiday tradition, complete with the Hallelujah Chorus and Great Amen!, will be presented December 21 through 23. Tickets can be purchased at the Houston Symphony Customer Ser-vice Center by calling 713-224-7575, and at all Ticketmaster locations. www.houstonsymphony.org

The Nutty Nutcracker
The Houston Ballet will present the final installment of The Nutty Nutcracker on Saturday, December 29, and Sunday, De-cember 30, at 7:30 p.m. This freewheeling satire of the ballet classic features a wide array of dance styles and special guests in the Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center. For ticket information, call 713-227-ARTS.

Houston Press Romance New Year's Eve Party
Dress to the nines and dance the night away on New Year's Eve from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Marriott Galleria West Loop with Houston Press Romance and SingleFile magazine. Live music by the Guzzlers and DJ Sound Connection. There will be a fabulous complimentary dinner buffet, cash bar and champagne toast at midnight. Attend this special evening for only $35 by placing your free 40-word Romance ad and recording your greeting in advance. Price per person at the door is $50. Plan ahead to stay at the Marriott for only $69. For more information, call 713-280-2425.

Sidecar Pub's New Year's Eve Party
Complimentary draft beer, party favors, champagne toast and pizza. Featuring Isola, Primitive Idd and 24 Count. Ad-vance tickets are $25; $35 at the door. All shows are 21 and up. For more information, call 281-807-4040.

Concerts

• Maxwell - Aerial Theater, Tuesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 5
• Natalie Merchant - Aerial Theater, Thursday, December 6
• Harry Connick, Jr.-Aerial Theater Saturday, December 15
• Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Aerial Theater, Saturday, December 22


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