The Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson, presents “Candlelight Christmas.” (Courtesy Houston Chamber Choir)
A number of local events are taking place in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose and surrounding areas this holiday season, including plays, comedy shows and holiday concerts.
Dec. 7-Jan. 02: Enjoy a parody production
The Hobby Center for Performing Arts is hosting the touring production of “Potted Potter.” The unauthorized parody is a two-person show that brings viewers through all seven “Harry Potter” books. 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 7-10, 14-17); 2 p.m. (Dec. 11-12, 18-23, 26-30 and Jan. 1-2); 5 p.m. (Dec. 11-12, 18-19); 8 p.m. (Dec. 11). $59.99 and up. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Houston. 713-315-2525. www.thehobbycenter.org
Dec. 10-12: See a Christmas concert
George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” returns to the Houston Symphony. Chorus and guest soloists will recreate the concert’s refrains and arias, including the “Hallelujah” chorus. 8 p.m. (Dec. 10-11), 2:30 p.m. (Dec. 12). $80-$140. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., Ste. 102, Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org
Dec. 10-11, 26: See a holiday Christmas concert
The Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson, presents “Candlelight Christmas.” Patrons can bring donations for The Beacon, which works to end homelessness. 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 10-11), 3:30 (Dec. 11), 2 p.m. (Dec. 26, virtually). $10-$25. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-224-5566. www.houstonchamberchoir.org
Dec. 11: Stroll through the Heights
Hosted by the Woodland Heights Civic Association, the annual Lights in the Heights event allows the general public to walk down several streets in Woodland Heights while enjoying elaborate Christmas decorations and live music played from resident front porches. 6-9 p.m. Free (sponsorship opportunities available). Euclid and Byrne streets, Houston. www.woodland-heights.org
Dec. 16: Enjoy a local standup comedy show
Rudyard’s hosts The Riot Standup Comedy Show. The event brings together five new comedians and a surprise host, with audience members being able to enjoy food and drink while watching the set. 9:30-11 p.m. $10. Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston. 713-521-0521. www.rudyardshtx.com
Dec. 30: See Roger Creager at a piano bar
Roger Creager, a Corpus Christi native and singer-songwriter, brings his charisma and high energy to the Goode Company Armadillo Palace for a singalong show. 8 p.m. (doors open), 9 p.m. (show starts). $25 (in advance), $30 (at the door). Goode Company Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby Drive, Houston. 713-526-9700. www.thearmadillopalace.com
Through Dec. 29: Watch a Winter Classic
The Alley Theatre is putting on its holiday production of “A Christmas Carol.” Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner, this is the first year the company will be presenting this version live and in person. 2:30 p.m. (Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 26); 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 4, 5, 10-12, 17-19, 21-23, 26, 28 and 29); 10 a.m. (Dec. 24). Costs vary. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas St., Houston. 713-220-5700.