Live performances are an important part of the holiday magic. Local music halls will come alive with classic Christmas and holiday performances that promise to add some jingle to the most wonderful time of the year.
Arborlawn United Methodist Church
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Sounds of the Season at Arbor Lawn United Methodist Church on Friday, December 17, at 7 p.m. Enjoy holiday favorites including music from The Nutcracker, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Sleigh Ride and more. Tickets are $25.
Bass Performance Hall
Bass Performance Hall is hosting or presenting a range of holiday concerts. "Home for the Holidays" (Nov. 26-28) features the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special guests Byron Stripling and Mamie Parris. The program of Christmas carols and seasonal tunes includes a real-life Santa who will conjure a magical snowfall. You won’t want to miss this white Christmas performance.
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Texas Ballet Theater’s annual performance of "The Nutcracker." After a 19-month hiatus, the popular ballet returns to Bass Performance Hall December 10-26. Festive sets, original choreography and captivating performances will bring to life the story of Clara’s dreamland. Fans of the irreverent and zany "Nutty Nutcracker" can enjoy that comical take on the holiday classic on Dec. 17.
The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle perform "Holiday and Hits" on Dec. 13 as part of the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series. The country music legends will be gracing Bass Hall’s stage for the first time in the new holiday special. The not-to-be-missed concert features a catalog of hits and holiday favorites.
Performing Arts Fort Worth brings back the always popular Robert Earl Keen’s The Road to Christmas on December 30. The famed Houston native will perform Americana hits and holiday tunes in his famous bluegrass flare.
Billy Bob’s Texas
Billy Bob’s Texas will be hosting acclaimed Texas Red Dirty singer-songwriter Dylan Wheeler on Christmas night for a concert that features Billy Bob’s house band at 8 p.m. with Wheeler taking the stage at 10 p.m. The 24-year-old Wheeler, who left a career in the oilfields just two years ago, has quickly garnered a regional reputation as a dynamic performer and songwriter.
That lovable red-nosed reindeer takes center stage at Casa Mañana Nov. 20 through Dec. 23. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a musical adaptation of the classic tale that includes holiday hits like “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “The Island of Misfit Toys,” and, of course, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Expect familiar Christmas characters including Santa, Mrs. Claus, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, and others. The family-friendly show is suitable for all ages.
"A Nashville Christmas" is an all-ages show in the Reid Cabaret Theatre that runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 18 and features tales and songs in the styles of country superstars like Garth Brooks, Dan + Shay, Faith Hill and more. Tickets start at $75.
The GRAMMY award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY will bring their annual holiday concert to Dickies Arena. “A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour” will feature holiday classics, fan favorites and brand new songs performed during an unforgettable night of Christmas celebration. Tickets start at $20.
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theatre
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theatre is open and serves up live music performances every weekend. Check out the holiday lineup: The Michael Hix Christmas Party on November 26, A Twitty And Lynn Acoustic Christmas on November 27, Jaston Williams in "Blood and Holly" December 10-11, and William Lee Martin's New Year's Eve Special on December 31.
First United Methodist Church
On December 16 at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, catch the Singing Girls of Texas as they take listeners on a musical journey billed There’s Still My Joy. The vocalists will sing holiday favorites, news hits and sing-along tunes. There’s even a rumored special appearance by Santa Claus. More details here.