It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Along with the cooler weather, holiday décor and good cheer, here are a few events that you should add to your holiday calendars:
If you love the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” then I have the perfect event just for you.
The Houston Symphony will present a special screening of the film accompanied by the film’s score performed live by its orchestra led by guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos at 7:30 p.m. today at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St., in Houston.
The presentation also will include the Houston Symphony Chorus directed by Dr. Betsy Cook Weber.
For tickets and information, visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
“Nutcracker, the Musical” can be seen at 8 p.m. today at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, in Dickinson.
Don’t fret if you can’t make it tonight; the show can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18.
For tickets and information, visit https://harbourtheater.com or call 281-337-7469.
The City Ballet of Houston also will be presenting its version of “The Nutcracker” in our neck of the woods at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.
The group is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be returning to The Grand to bring the annual holiday favorite to Texas’ oldest theater. The performance also can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $28 for adults and $24 for children and can be bought at tickets.thegrand.com/online/article/nutcracker or by calling 800-821-1894.
Tickets also are available for the Nutcracker Tea, which will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and the anniversary reception scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Edna’s Room at The Grand.
City of Friendswood holiday events
The city of Friendswood and Keep Friendswood Beautiful has a couple of family-friendly events on deck this weekend that you don’t want to miss.
First up will be its annual Santa in the Park event, which will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, in Friendswood.
The free event features a mechanical bull, bungee trampoline, snow hill slide, face painting, petting zoo and other amusement rides (ticket wristbands are $10).
For information, visit www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/Santa-in-the-Park or call 281-996-3220.
Then later Saturday, the city’s annual Christmas parade will be at 5:45 p.m. beginning at the intersection of FM 518 and Edgewood Drive (FM 2351). Stevenson Park will be closed for approximately an hour during the parade.
All northbound traffic on FM 518 will be diverted at Whispering Pines; and southbound traffic on FM 518 will be diverted at Edgewood Drive. The parade is expected to last 45 minutes.
Pre-Christmas dance at Mr. Calvin’s
If you like to dance, then the L&G Steppers have two holiday events for you to choose from. Both events will take place at Mr. Calvin’s Club, 6022 Martin Luther King Ave., in Hitchcock.
First on deck will be the pre-Christmas dance featuring the Pee Wee Bowen Band from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
And if you can’t make the dance, then the group will have another night of dancing, food and fun beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Admission will be only $5 per person and awesome drink specials will be available.
For tickets and information, call 409-354-9844 or 281-889-2214.
‘Celebrate the Season’ in Texas City
The annual “Celebrate the Season” holiday event will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Davison Home and the homes of Heritage Square, 103 Third Ave. N., in Texas City.
The free event will feature a trackless train that will run around the property, free admission to the Texas City Museum and performances by groups such as the Mary Cain Rhythm Band, Northside Elementary School, La Marque Primary and Elementary School and the Texas City High School Choir. Santa and Mrs. Claus also will be on hand to take pictures with the kiddos!
Also performing at the museum, 409 Sixth St. N., in Texas City, will be the Levi Fry Sixth Grade Choir, La Marque Middle School Choir, Blocker Middle School Women and Men’s Choir and the La Marque High School Choir.
For information, call 409-643-5799.
A holiday evening with ‘The King’
If you like Elvis, then make sure you get your tickets in advance to a special holiday evening with “The King” set for 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St., in League City.
Vince King will perform as Elvis.
Tickets are $30 per person (no refunds) and can be purchased by visiting www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com or by calling 281-332-1393. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today.